McKesson and HCA Healthcare Announce Plans to Form an Oncology Research Joint Venture


McKesson and HCA Healthcare Announce Plans to Form an Oncology Research Joint Venture to Advance Cancer Care and Increase Access to Oncology Clinical Research

McKesson Corporation and HCA Healthcare, Inc. announced today an agreement to form a joint venture combining McKesson’s US Oncology Research (USOR) and HCA Healthcare’s Sarah Cannon Research Institute. USOR is the research arm of McKesson’s The US Oncology Network and draws from a network of experienced investigators and dedicated clinical staff who specialize in oncology clinical trials. SCRI, which is the research arm of Sarah Cannon, HCA Healthcare’s Cancer Institute, offers end-to-end clinical trial site support services with a deep expertise in early-phase oncology research and drug development as well as a specialized contract research organization (CRO).

Together, USOR and SCRI will create a fully integrated oncology research organization aimed at expanding clinical research, accelerating drug development and increasing availability and access to clinical trials for community oncology providers and patients, including those in underserved communities. The joint venture plans to offer an expanded clinical research network, a broader portfolio of clinical trials, and enhanced data and analytics capabilities to better match patients with clinical trials.

“McKesson and HCA Healthcare share a commitment to advancing the next generation of cancer care,” “This new joint venture is an important step forward in increasing access to clinical trials, particularly within the community setting, where the majority of all cancer patients are initially treated. Additionally, the joint venture directly aligns with McKesson’s strategic growth priorities by further expanding our differentiated oncology ecosystem and improving the value proposition for provider and biopharma partners.”

Brian Tyler, chief executive officer, McKesson


“Clinical research and partnerships are fundamental to how we address our communities’ most pressing healthcare needs,” “We believe this joint venture with McKesson, which unifies our oncology research experts, will promote the development of individualized therapies and provide more opportunities for cancer patients to receive new treatments.”

Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare


The transaction is expected to close in 2022. Following the close of the transaction, McKesson will own 51% of the joint venture and have operating control. The joint venture will be governed by a Board of Directors with representation from both McKesson and HCA Healthcare. The new company will be led by SCRI’s Dee Anna Smith, who will serve as chief executive officer, and SCRI’s Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, who will serve as president. Additionally, USOR’s Robert Coleman, MD will become the new organization’s chief medical officer and SCRI’s David Spigel, MD will be its chief scientific officer.

“When it comes to the fight against cancer, building a network of collaborators is essential. Our impact on patients is evident through our longstanding partnerships with experts from Tennessee Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists and many other valued oncology programs,” “In the last three decades, our collaborations have led to advancing treatment standards for the majority of new cancer therapies that are available to patients today. We believe that coming together with US Oncology Research will complement and strengthen our network so that we can continue to make a greater impact for people living with cancer.”

Dee Anna Smith, chief executive officer of Sarah Cannon

Separately, McKesson will acquire Genospace, SCRI’s personalized medicine platform. Genospace is a leading innovator in precision medicine and clinical trial matching. By becoming a part of McKesson, Genospace will power the oncology data and analytics capabilities for the joint venture as well as enhance the ability of its provider partners to more efficiently identify the most appropriate therapies or clinical trials for their patients.

Research is essential to advancing cancer care from diagnosis through survivorship, and as such, the joint venture will enhance both companies’ cancer care offerings. McKesson’s The US Oncology Network and HCA Healthcare’s cancer network, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, are not part of the transaction and will continue to operate independently of the joint venture.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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