Ed Miseta

Ed Miseta

Ed Miseta is chief editor for the website Clinical Leader, executive editor for Life Science Leader magazine, conference chair for Clinical Leader Forum, and host of Clinical Leader Live. Ed studied Business Economics at The Pennsylvania State University and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Ed has been a writer for more than 12 years and has been covering clinical research since January 2013. Ed spent 10 years in banking and investments and also taught economics at Penn State for 8 years. In his current position, Ed interviews clinical executives from pharmaceutical and biotech companies and shares their insights with readers. His primary focus is on best practices, challenges faced and overcome, clinical trends, partnering, and implementing new technologies. He has also moderated numerous speaker panels at industry conferences and trade shows.


  • Digital Technologies Will Continue To Drive Patient Outcomes

    While other companies scrambled to implement clinical trial-related technology to deal with the pandemic, Otsuka was an early adopter of tools such as eCRF and eConsent.  Christoph Koenen, EVP and chief medical officer at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies (U.S.) explains how digital technologies will continue to drive patient outcomes.

  • A Proactive Approach To Preparing For The Release Of ICH E6

    Approximately 25 years ago work began on a document intended to revolutionize and improve the efficiency of new drug development. The document, dubbed ICH E6, was intended to provide guidance for clinical trials conducted around the world. ICH E6 is quickly becoming a reality and sponsor companies need to be prepared for it.

  • Consultants, PPAs, And Loyalty: Trends In Phase II/III CRO Benchmarking

    ISR Reports recently released the 13th Edition of its Phase II/III CRO Benchmarking report. Many sponsor companies turn to CROs for the heavy lifting of their clinical development programs. Still, finding the service provider best suited to meet trial needs and performance expectations is a difficult task.

  • No CMOs Or CROs: A Unique Approach To Cell Therapy Development

    Cartesian Therapeutics has just 20 employees, but the company performs all its preclinical and regulatory work and clinical operations in-house. A few years ago, Cartesian also built a GMP manufacturing facility from the ground up. That gives the company its own quality management system and quality control labs. Learn how they do it.

  • The Right Precision Medicine Partner Is Essential For Trials And Patients

    Patient recruitment is a challenge for all pharma and biotech companies. Despite the advances made in patient centricity and decentralized trials, the recruitment remains challenging. Part of the reason might be that the advent of precision medicine is paradoxically not making the recruitment challenge any easier.

  • How One Biotech Is Taking An Innovative Approach To Alzheimer’s Disease

    Drug development in the Alzheimer’s space is difficult and has been plagued by successive failures over the last 18 years. One company working in that space felt it was time to take a new and innovative approach to find a treatment for patients.

  • Merck’s Efforts To Increase Patient Diversity

    The barriers to minority participation in clinical research are well-known. Despite our knowledge of these barriers, the issues continue to exist. “It’s clear we need to do more of our research in the sites and communities that have access to the patients we are hoping to recruit,” says Luther Clark, deputy chief patient officer for Merck. “I believe one of the reasons pharma efforts to recruit a more diverse patient population have failed is because of our approach."

  • A Drug Developer's First Experience With Decentralized Trials

    When the FDA released new guidance for companies in May 2020, it seemed every drug developer was scrambling to convert its clinical trials to a decentralized approach. Advicenne was no exception. Robbie McCarthy, general manager, U.S. for Advicenne, hoped to determine how patients could participate in the trial without a mandatory hospital stay. That led to him seeking out CROs and technology service providers that offered a decentralized approach to trials.

  • The Right Payment System Makes Bayer Healthcare A Sponsor of Choice

    Companies hoping to become a sponsor of choice have a lot to consider. They must think about how to improve interactions with patients, sites, CROs, and other service and equipment providers. When Bayer decided to go down the sponsor-of-choice path, there was one aspect of partnering they knew they had to get right: site payments.

  • 3 Steps To Address Diversity In Clinical Trials

    The COVID pandemic in 2020 brought to light the significant disparities that exist in healthcare. But those same disparities also exist in the way clinical trials are structured and conducted. The Harvard Business Review recently published an article that outlines three recommendations for creating representative patient data.