Clinical Trial Technology Editorial

  1. Wearable Derived Data In Clinical Trials: The Biggest Barriers Are Crumbling
    12/14/2017

    Previous articles on Clinical Leader have discussed the potential benefits of wearable devices for remote patient monitoring in clinical trials. In addition to possible increases in trial efficiency and reduction of costs, “wearables” have the potential to collect data better reflecting patient functioning and response in the real-world setting.  According to the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative’s Mobile Clinical Trials (MCT) Program, mobile devices, including wearables, offer the opportunity to collect more complete and informative data than ever before. Mobile devices may also reduce the patient burden in clinical trials, thus enhancing the patient experience.  Companies are exploring the use of wearable devices in the post-marketing setting as well, as a component of patient care. 

  2. Can GAP Double The Number Of Patients In Alzheimer’s Trials?
    11/13/2017

    According to research performed on recruitment, 85 percent of trials are delayed due to enrollment issues and more than 30 percent of total trial time is spent simply recruiting patients. Those issues are present in all therapeutic areas, including Alzheimer’s disease. To mitigate these problems, cut the time of trials, and get needed medicines to patients faster, the Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP) Foundation is implementing a new model that promises to increase patient participation in Alzheimer’s research.

  3. Clinical News Roundup: FDA Awards Funding To Pediatric Clinical Trials
    11/10/2017

    Clinical news roundup for the week of November 6th with information on FDA funding pediatric trials, clinical trials for heroin addicts, Marken’s home delivery app, Seeker’s patient enrollment portal, and minority recruitment in trials.

  4. Janssen Takes Clinical Supplies And Patient Data From Paper To Digital
    11/9/2017

    Janssen is seeking to replace paper-based conventional processes of managing clinical supplies and tracking patient health data with a new suite of cohesive digital technologies. The new iSTEP (Integrated Smart Trial & Engagement Platform) is a technology toolset developed to automate investigative product supply and data management in clinical studies.

  5. Wearable Devices: A New Look For The Modern Clinical Trial
    10/30/2017

    In the last few years there has been significant buzz in the life sciences industry surrounding the use of wearable devices that can be utilized for remote patient monitoring in clinical trials. Many believe wearables have the potential to significantly impact overall trial costs and efficiency, and recently they have returned to the spotlight due to fresh approaches that harness artificial intelligence/machine learning.

  6. Clinical News Roundup: CRS Files Lawsuit Against FDA
    10/26/2017

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of October 23, 2017 with information on CRS’ lawsuit against the FDA, FDA boosting patient access to medical devices, the Bracket acquisition of mProve, why Alzheimer’s drugs fail, and more.

  7. Three Ways To Improve Quality In Clinical Trial Processes
    10/24/2017

    Timeliness, cost, and quality are all critical factors that must come together to ensure an efficient and successful clinical trial. Unfortunately, the complexity of trials, combined with coordination challenges, force sponsors to have to identify the opportunities needed to improve trials. But how do you know what efforts will produce the best results?

  8. Use Extension Studies To Enhance Phase 3 Data
    8/3/2017

    An open-label extension study is one that will lie between a double-blind, randomized controlled drug trial and FDA approval. The primary objective tends to be very different from a typical Phase 3 study, as the focus is on collecting more rigorous information on the long-term safety and tolerability of a new drug. These studies present unique challenges relating to study start-up, contracts, and selection criteria.

  9. Breakthrough Therapy Designation Helps Genentech Navigate Difficult Trials
    4/17/2017

    FDA started the Breakthrough Therapy Designation program in 2012. Since then, Genentech has garnered 15 designations, more than any other company. Jeffrey Siegel has been an instrumental component of that success. Siegel is Genentech’s senior group medical director and spent 14 years with FDA prior to joining the company. He has spent most of his career in pharma developing products to address the unmet medical needs of patients. 

  10. Clinical News Roundup: Why All The Love For Adaptive Trials?
    4/13/2017

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of April 10, 2017 with information on Scott Gottlieb and adaptive approaches, preparing for epidemic clinical trials, proposed tax law changes for clinical research, and using selfies to improve medicine adherence.