White Papers

  1. How Agile RTSM Software Development Accelerates The Clinical Trial Timeline
    7/5/2017

    RTSM software developed with an agile methodology and built on a modern technology stack dramatically accelerates the study start-up process and mid-stream adjustments. Customers are able to see and interact with the system before approving specifications and changes can be made quickly, without impacting study progress. The use of agile software in clinical trials enables  customers to streamline internal processes and spend time on other high-value activities critical to the success of their studies.

  2. Spotlight On Quality In Clinical Study Startup (SSU)
    6/27/2017

    There is a dazzling array of quality initiatives within the clinical trials sector all looking to move the needle from paper-based methods or single point solutions to a more integrated, non-siloed approach to study conduct. These efforts, may be rooted, at least somewhat, in work started nearly 20 years when the Institute of Medicine published To Err is Human, a call-to-action to improve safety in our healthcare system by linking it to greater quality. That seminal work was followed by various reports recognizing the urgent need to transform the clinical trials enterprise by focusing more intently on quality, which leads us to today’s sharp focus on this subject.

  3. The Gateway To Study Startup (SSU) Optimization: Performance Metrics
    6/27/2017

    The sharpening focus on quality management is fueling greater use of standardized metrics to optimize clinical trial performance. Stakeholders are embracing this trend through growing adoption of cloud-based technologies, such as clinical trial management systems (CTMS), source data, and the electronic trial master file (eTMF). The information they generate is flowing into data analytic tools, and with this capability, standardized metrics are gaining mainstream status. 

  4. FDA Expectations For Diversity Inclusion In Clinical Research
    5/24/2017

    FDA recently released a snapshot report showing the diversity of clinical trial participants in studies conducted in 2015 and 2016. Out of over 31,000 patients who participated in clinical trials for novel products in 2016, 48% of the study participants were women, which was an increase from 40% in 2015. An increase in clinical trial participation of African Americans was also observed from 2015 to 2016 (i.e., 5% in 2015 vs. 7% in 2016). However, Asian subject participation in clinical studies decreased 1% between 2015 and 2016 (from 12% to 11%, respectively). Overall, the trend towards increasing the diversity of clinical trial participants is encouraging, but a continued effort is needed to keep moving in the right direction.

  5. Unlock The Value Of Your Clinical Trial Data And Content With Big Data Discovery
    5/17/2017

    From leisure activities, to our own health and wellness, to the industries in which we work — Big Data has transformed our world. Subscription-based content providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, are changing television programming by using detailed customer segmentation and viewing habits to rethink how new programming is funded, produced, and released to the market. Everyday items like Nest are transforming home heating and cooling by collecting and aggregating sensor data to automate thermostat changes.

  6. Closing the Security Gap In Life Sciences
    5/2/2017

    The life sciences industry is repeatedly cited as the most at-risk for a major security breach. Many assume that the greatest threat comes from outside: malicious parties that are actively working to compromise company information. While this certainly reflects the new normal in cybersecurity - for example, see Pfizer's recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing acknowledging that their IT systems are subject to frequent attacks – the unfortunate reality is that most information security breaches start with insecure data sharing.

  7. Masters Of The Deal: A Study About Shareholder Value And M&A Strategies
    5/1/2017

    This research study seeks to investigate two separate but related areas. Part 1, whose findings are described in this report, tries to identify the drivers of shareholder value creation from the merger and acquisition (M&A) activity of an extremely large sample of global publicly listed companies over the past 20 years. Part 2, examines the M&A strategies of an elite group of M&A-active corporate outperformers – companies that have demonstrated sustained, above average shareholder value creation (known as “excellent corporate portfolio managers”, or ECPMs) – to try to determine if this group share common attributes and behaviors, and to identify what those are.

  8. Beyond Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors To A New Era Of Personalized Medicine
    4/27/2017

    Immunotherapies are being touted—both in scientific literature and the general media—as the most promising advances in cancer treatment in decades.

  9. Managing eCOA Data: Principles & Best Practices For Data Managers
    4/21/2017

    With the quality of data captured throughout a trial playing a crucial role for the success or failure of a study, clinical data management (CDM) is a key element of any research program. During a study lifecycle, data managers will deal with data from many sources such as MRI scans, ECG, lab data, as well as eCOA – all of which are equally important. 

  10. Mobile Apps: A 360° Guide For Clinical Trials
    4/7/2017

    This paper isolates three specific areas that warrant close attention for app developers, clinical trials sponsors and CROs designing trials powered with mHealth app tools: technology considerations, data considerations and regulatory considerations. These areas are vital to developing a compliant trial that generates meaningful data for clinical development using mHealth sources.