INC Research, a contract research organization, is launching a Women’s Health Division.

The group, which will be led by Cynthia Madden, a physician, will focus on drug-development services for women.

“The Women’s Health Division at INC Research combines clinical expertise in the diseases that most affect women, with an understanding of the challenges our customers face in developing drugs for this population that must factor in gender and age nuances,” Madden said in a statement.

Madden completed residencies in emergency medicine and preventive medicine. She has worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with an emphasis on investigational new drugsand also has trained at the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Madden has 19 years of direct clinical-care experience, focusing on women’s health issues, and has developed a distinctive acumen for the complex underlying medical, recruitment and retention issues which so dramatically impact the success of clinical trials in women,” said John Potthoff, chief operating officer at INC., stated.

“In order to further enhance our global service offering in response to customer demand, Dr. Madden and her experienced team are now organized to develop solutions and deploy best practices to manage programs addressing women’s unique health needs. Their specialized expertise is a huge value-add for our customers,” Potthoff added.

INC maintains offices in 25 countries and has a presence in 32 countries.