Clinical Guest Contributors

  1. Accelerating Clinical Trial Patient Engagement & Retention Through Mobile Technology

    This article assesses the mobile health apps market, key features of successful apps, and associated timelines and costs for developing apps that engage patients across categories and conditions.

  2. How To Ace Your FDA IND Submission (And How To Rebound If You Don’t)

    Whether you read Part 1 of this three-part series — and sought pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) feedback from the FDA — or not, let's assume you have your pre-IND ducks in a row. Now you're ready to embark on preparing and submitting the IND application to the FDA, which, if approved, will allow you to test your drug in humans for the first time.

  3. The 4 Biggest Investigator Site Payment Issues — And How To Solve Them

    Imagine that after a tedious job interview process you are finally offered what promises to be a fulfilling and rewarding position with a new company. However, after working there for a while, you notice that the employer is only really paying you every three to six months, which has made it difficult to keep up with your bills and to stay financially afloat. You also notice that when you do receive a check from the employer, you have no way of verifying for which days or hours you have been paid since no explanation is sent with the check and you were never told who at the company you could contact for these types of questions.

  4. Evidence Synthesis: Reducing The Guesswork Of Clinical Trial Design

    One of the biggest challenges to the success of new drugs is that approval and uptake rely heavily on the evidence collected during development, yet decisions on the design of clinical trials occur long before much is known about a drug or its effects. The available evidence for existing and potential competing interventions is expanding constantly, raising the stakes for efficient and appropriate study design even further.

  5. Open Source Data: Fact Or Fiction

    At the recent Data & Technology in Clinical Trials conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Aneesh Chopra speak. Chopra is the president of NavHealth and formerly served as assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief Technology Officer of the United States. His speech was electrifying, dynamic, and set the room abuzz.

  6. How Many Team Members Does It Take To Determine The Study Status?

    Sitting on one of those long, painful, study status update calls recently, I was reminded of the famous light bulb joke. You know the one: “How many engineers (lawyers, politicians, etc.) does it take to change a light bulb?”  I was both flabbergasted and frustrated that, after 45 minutes, the project manager was still wading through status updates from a myriad of CRO and vendor partners and CRAs — just to figure out where the study was from a site activation and enrollment standpoint.  

  7. The Evolution Of Medical Imaging In Clinical Research

    Medical imaging plays an instrumental role in the clinical development of new life science products. Although the medical imaging industry is in a constant state of flux — due to increased investment in medical imaging companies, as well as mergers and acquisitions — adoption of novel imaging technologies to support clinical trials for the pharma, biotech, and medical device industries continues to increase. In fact, “centralized” imaging data is now used as a primary endpoint in many clinical research studies. This article will explore the factors driving imaging implementation in clinical trials, the current hurdles to increased adoption, and some of the technologies available to help overcome those challenges.

  8. Will Special Interests Derail The Future Of Personalized Medicine?

    Treatment of cancer using chemotherapy (chemo) drugs began soon after WWII, when a compound called nitrogen mustard was studied and found to work against cancer in the lymph nodes. In the years that followed, many chemo drugs have been developed that work by non-selectively inhibiting rapidly dividing cells. In other words, chemo drugs kill cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells in patients. The effectiveness of chemo treatments has therefore traditionally been determined by how well the toxicity of chemo drugs can be tolerated and/or managed in a patient.

  9. Is An FDA Pre-IND Meeting Worth It? How To Decide & How To Prepare

    If you are considering whether to take the time in advance of your investigational new drug (IND) application submission to meet with FDA for feedback on your development program, here are some thoughts to ponder and reasons not to pass up this valuable opportunity.

  10. Improving Patient Retention & Engagement Through Health Programs

    Patient recruitment is often highlighted as the key factor in ensuring clinical study success. Ensuring on-time enrolments of patients, investigators, etc. is a constant concern throughout the clinical trial phases. However, patient retention through engagement is also a key factor — and one that is often overlooked. Patient dropout rates for pharmaceutical clinical trials are estimated to range between 15 to 40 percent of enrolled participants, depending on the trial phase.