By Craig Morgan
There is no doubt that clinical research is critical to the advancement of medicine and public health. But conducting such research is a complex, resource intensive endeavor that relies on a multitude of stakeholders, workflows, processes, and information systems. Clinical trials play an essential role in the drug development process by effectively demonstrating the efficacy and safety of a pharmaceutical compound – but they are not for the faint of heart, conducting even one is a monumental task with complex processes and issues that can surface and derail a study’s timeline. As a result, delays in regulatory filing, market entry, and ultimately, the delivery of new therapies to patients are all too common.