Clinical Trial Technology Editorial

  1. PatientsLikeMe And Duke Bring Novel Approach To ALS Trial
    10/26/2016

    Can the peptide Lunasin help to reverse the debilitating effects of ALS? After one patient (and three experts) noted it could, PatientsLikeMe and the Duke ALS Clinic decided to get involved. Their novel trial will feature an unlimited number of patients, sharing of all patient data, and electronic patient reported outcomes. It also eliminated the use of a placebo.

  2. Clinical News Roundup: Sanofi Invests To Bring Clinical Trials Home
    10/23/2016

    Clinical news roundup for the week of October 21, 2016 with information on Sanofi and Science 37 bringing clinical trials to the home, SCRS Eagle Award winners, a precision master trial for AML, promoting trials to patients, stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

  3. What Will Clinical Research Certification Mean To Pharma?
    10/18/2016

    The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is a not-for-profit organization that has been around for over 100 years. Its primary mission is assessing the qualifications of healthcare professionals. More recently, the group has been looking into developing an assessment that would be helpful to clinical researchers.

  4. TransCelerate Seeks To Improve Clinical Trial Quality
    10/12/2016

    TransCelerate Biopharma is all about collaboration. The group’s goal is to identify, prioritize, design, and facilitate the implementation of solutions to help sponsors efficiently and effectively produce needed medicines for patients. In this interview Deb Driscoll, VP of quality assurance at Merck and lead of the TransCelerate QMS (quality management system), discusses how the initiative hopes to improve quality in clinical trials.

  5. Clinical News Roundup: Is 80 Percent Of China’s Clinical Data Fabricated?
    9/30/2016

    Radio Free Asia (RFA) is reporting that a government investigation in China has revealed fraudulent practice on a massive scale in clinical trials. China's food and drug regulator recently carried out a one-year review of clinical trials, concluding that more than 80 percent of clinical data is "fabricated," state media reported.

  6. Adaptive Trials: Complex But Advantageous
    9/28/2016

    When I speak with pharma executives on certain topics, it’s amazing to see the difference in where companies stand in terms of implementation. Adaptive trials is one of those topics. I will talk to one executive who will tell me it is one of the trends that will most impact the pharma industry in the coming year, and then talk to another who will tell me it’s old news and something they have been doing for years. Regardless of where you stand with adoption, one thing is clear: Adaptive trials have many advantages, but are also more complex.

  7. Podcast: Pfizer Transforms Clinical Trials for Parkinson’s Patients
    9/26/2016

    When Pfizer partnered with IBM to try and transform how clinical trials for Parkinson’s patients are conducted, the company had a vision that was both revolutionary and futuristic. The plan was to take a group of patients, place them in a specially designed home to live for a period of time, and use sensor technology to monitor their capabilities.

  8. Clinical News Roundup: HHS To Provide More Info To Patients
    9/23/2016

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of September 19, 2016 with stories on HHS and ClinicalTrials.gov, FDA approval of Exondys51, DCRI coordinating National Study of Childhood Health, and the world's largest breath-based clinical trial.

  9. CROs Can Be Indispensable As Pharma Companies Focus On Value
    9/15/2016

    The healthcare industry’s transition to value-based care is putting a lot of pressure on pharmaceutical companies in terms of margins and the need to demonstrate improved outcomes at lower costs. In attempting to create breakthrough therapies and “beyond the pill” solutions with fewer resources, companies are demonstrating an increased appetite for outsourcing functions – and Contract Research Organizations (CROs) could be the beneficiaries.

  10. SCDM Best Practices Now Available To Nonmembers
    9/13/2016

    Data managers are critical to the clinical research process. It’s the data they collect which will ultimately determine whether a new drug gains FDA approval. Recognizing that, the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) was established to work with the teams creating clinical trials, writing the protocols, and identifying the information that needs to be captured. Over the years, the information gathered by SCDM members has been incorporated into a guide book of Good Clinical Data Management Practices, which SCDM is now making available to nonmembers as well as association members.