For a small biotech company, making the transition from discovery to clinical is where the rubber meets the road. This is where all your endless hours of planning pay off and where you will be challenged to put your risk and mitigation plans to the test. During this time, no position will be more important than your director of clinical development.
The vast majority of rare diseases have no approved treatments available, despite the fact that research related to these diseases has expanded significantly in the past 20 years. A key reason may be the many unique challenges researchers face when developing drugs to treat rare diseases, including difficulties designing and executing effective and appropriate clinical trials.
While there are a number of strategies to determine the optimal dose, gain a better understanding of the four most common dose finding study designs.
“Rare diseases are bad enough, but the ones that affect children are even more heartbreaking,” says Mike Snape, CEO of AMO Pharma, a virtual biotech focused on rare disease. “The medical need in these areas is greater than ever. They also present challenges for drug developers, especially with clinical trials.”
A discussion of the commonly encountered hurdles in studying rare diseases and how a cohesive and holistic approach can mitigate issues and help bring new treatments to patients.
Genomic- based biomarkers are powerful tools used to assess tumor mutational burden, production of novel or neo- antigens and hallmarks of genomic instability, which may be useful as measures of response or resistance to immune therapies.
Before the protocol authoring process even begins, a variety of activities and decisions are necessary to establish a strategy for success. The following steps provide concepts and considerations that are essential in formulating the details that will become the protocol synopsis and ultimately the clinical study protocol.
Fitness trackers were popular holiday gifts this year and sales are on the rise. While counting steps and getting fit may be the primary reason consumers are purchasing Fitbits and other wearables, other sensors these devices include, such as heart rate and sleep monitors, could actually help big pharma collect a wealth of valuable data to revolutionize personalized medicine.
The introduction of electronic data capture (EDC) systems in clinical trial data management and analysis triggered the promise of better-managed clinical trials – with greater efficiency, faster access to higher-quality clinical data and better mapping of data flows to business processes.
With each passing year, clinical trials are becoming increasingly global. The business of product development is moving away from the traditional model in which studies are conducted primarily in the US – in fact, recent estimates indicate that within the next three years, up to 65 per cent of studies under FDA regulation will be conducted outside the US. A review of a US government clinical trials registry and of 300 published reports in major medical journals revealed that one third (157 of 509) of Phase III trials were being conducted entirely outside the US, with over half the study sites (13,521 of 24,206) used in these trials located overseas, many in eastern Europe and Asia.
Blinded Diagnostics has been engaged to provide point of care diagnostics services to support a global multi-center clinical trial.
PharmaMar, a Spanish biopharmaceutical company, has selected Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO) for its industry-leading electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical data management (CDM), safety data capture and reporting, and medical coding solutions. A member of the Zeltia Group and a leader in the development of antitumor drugs of marine origin, PharmaMar said the company’s investment in the Medidata Clinical Cloud™ will efficiently streamline its clinical trial processes in its mission to deliver drugs that treat cancer and rare ("orphan") diseases.
DATATRAK International, Inc. (OTCQX: DTRK), a leader in developing cloud-based, unified eClinical™ technologies and delivering related services for the clinical trials industry, today announced its operating results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012.
Lithera, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on lifestyle and medical indications in aesthetic medicine and ophthalmology, announced today that the first patient has been treated with LIPO-202 (Salmeterol Xinafoate for Injection) in its 500-patient Phase 2b "RESET" trial.
Telormedix, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) small molecules in the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases, recently announced that it has recruited the first patient in a Phase II trial of its lead product TMX-101, a TLR-7 agonist, in carcinoma in situ (CIS) in the bladder.
Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that it has completed enrollment of patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating CTP-499 for the treatment of diabetic kidney disease. CTP-499 is intended to slow progression of kidney damage in diabetic kidney disease and be additive to the current standard of care, which is treatment with an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) and/or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). Concert expects to report top-line results from the Phase 2 study during the second-half of 2013.
DiaMedica (TSX VENTURE:DMA) has successfully completed cGMP manufacturing of DM-199 to be utilized in upcoming clinical trials.
Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced top-line results of the Phase 3 Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) RED-HF® (Reduction of Events With Darbepoetin Alfa in Heart Failure) Trial.
GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTCQB: GOVX), an Atlanta-based biopharmaceutical firm developing vaccines to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, announced it has completed enrollment in a nine-patient Phase 1/2 clinical trial testing the safety, immunogenicity and ability of its DNA/MVA vaccine to elicit protective immune responses in HIV-infected individuals.
Blinded Diagnostics announced the expansion of their business development efforts by appointing Patricia H. Averette, a seasoned health care professional with a solid background in Hematology Lab Diagnostics, as the new Vice President of Business Development.
The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the publication of a new report that provides a comprehensive view of the potential effects of personalized medicine on drug research and development.
It’s now possible for clinical trial researchers to control time, thanks to PHT Corporation’s patented Time Travel technology.PHT is the world’s leading provider of systems used to collect patient-driven eData for clinical research.
Blinded Diagnostics recently announced the expansion of their diagnostic product portfolio with the addition of an extensive line of screening tests for drugs of abuse and alcohol from Express Diagnostics Int’l, Inc. (EDI) of Blue Earth, MN.
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (