2017

Clinerion enters an improved clinical trials market in Brazil

Monday, January 16, 2017

In mid-December, Clinerion, a patient recruitment company, made its entrance into the clinical trials market in Brazil. With a state-of-the-art patient recruitment system (PRS) that has a track record of rapid identification of eligible patients in other markets, Clinerion is poised to make a significant difference in Brazil.

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Use and adoption of site-facing technology

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

EDC, RBM, SSO, etc.—These three-letter acronyms related to technology are enough to make your head spin. Everyone’s talking about the latest site-facing technology and how it could improve clinical trial operations efficiency, but I thought I would start off the new year (and the new Pulse on Technology column) by setting the record straight on current technology usage by global sites. This will also set us up for future deep-dives into individual clinical trial technologies!

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St. Jude cybersecurity vulnerabilities spark medical device hacking debate

Monday, January 16, 2017

A recent cybersecurity scandal involving St. Jude’s Merlin@home device sparked a renewed discussion within the medical device industry about the best way to address security flaws discovered by independent security experts, sometimes called “white hat” hackers. As medical devices become increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack, the industry has broadly accepted its new responsibility of continuously protecting approved devices from potential security breaches.

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Eliminating the swivel chair clinical investigator

Sunday, January 15, 2017

There is a heavy burden on investi­gators and research nurses when executing clinical trials and clinical care. In addition to the normal com­plexities of patient recruitment and care, investigative sites are stuck in the middle of multiple data entry systems. They move back and forth between electronic data capture (EDC) and electronic medical record (EMR) ap­plications to make sure information is recorded accurately and in the right place—a situation commonly known as “swivel chair interoperability.”

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Harrington Discovery, ADDF expand collaboration

Friday, January 13, 2017

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) have expanded their collaboration to accelerate translation of innovative research efforts for Alzheimer’s disease. Together, the two organizations will jointly market and administer a new award program for academic researchers. By leveraging their combined expertise, investment, and resources, Harrington Discovery Institute and the ADDF will advance Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery projects of great promise in academic institutions nationwide.

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Parexel to restructure

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chairman, CEO and the Corporate Vice President and Interim CFO of Parexel International has approved a plan to restructure its operations to improve the productivity and efficiency of the company, simplify the organization and streamline decision-making, thereby enhancing client engagement. The restructuring initiative is company-wide.

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Julian Adams joins Vedantra Pharmaceuticals as executive chairman

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, an immunotherapy company focused on developing products for cancer and infectious disease, has announced the appointment of Julian Adams, Ph.D., as executive chairman. Dr. Adams, who recently stepped down as president of Research and Development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, will oversee strategic and operational responsibilities, fund raising and drive R&D program development for the company.

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