Complexity in clinical trials continues to grow a confluence of globalization, outsourcing, protocol complexities and ever-increasing regulatory mandates. Adding to this dilemma is the low approval rate of investigational drugs and growing development costs. Despite the nuances between therapeutic areas, the preliminary step of all clinical trials is study startup, which is widely recognized as a costly and perpetual bottleneck.
Study startup is a journey, and as with any journey, there are many ways to approach it. The first question is, how are you going to navigate? Fifteen years ago, you may have had no choice but to rely on paper-based maps and transcribed directions, which might have turned out to be obsolete or erroneous. But now, you have web-based maps that are always up-to-date and supplemented with satellite images and crowd-sourced, real-time information. What if you had this kind of navigation for study startup?