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Partnership aims to accelerate development of new immunotherapy strategies

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT) has launched thanks to a partnership between the NIH and 11 biopharmaceutical companies. The goal of the new partnership is to accelerate the development of new cancer immunotherapy strategies for more patients in half the time. The initiative specifically aims to explore the question: Why doesn’t immunotherapy work for all cancers, in all patients, and what can be done about it?

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Investigator attrition and solving the “one and done” phenomenon

Monday, October 23, 2017

A significant number of trial investigators are abandoning the field of clinical research, sometimes after only a single study. When the Clinical Trials Transformative Initiative (CTTI) noted this high investigator turnover, they decided to issue guidance on how to tackle the issue. Established by the FDA and Duke University, CTTI is an organization dedicated to improving the clinical trial industry—the trials themselves, the safety of participants and the obligation to stakeholders. Their focus is on clinical trials performed for regulatory submission.

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The evolution of mobile technology use in clinical trials

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

William Osler, a founder of Johns Hopkins University, was a clinician ahead of his time. He was one of the first doctors to bring medical students out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside — a revolutionary format change in its day. His 1892 book, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, was labeled as an “imaginative new curriculum” that prevailed for 50 years.1 Osler once said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

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Vivli announces new data sharing platform for clinical trials research

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has recently donated $2 million in funds to Vivli, a Massachusetts nonprofit, for establishing a unique data sharing platform for use in clinical trials.
“This financial support allows us to quickly move to launch the platform in 2018,” said Dr. Ida Sim, Vivli co-founder and technical lead. “Vivli’s technology and coordinated policies and processes will lead to new scientific discoveries from integrating existing datasets.”

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Smart video conferencing a CNS diagnostic tool for CROs

Monday, October 2, 2017

For the past 20 years, we have watched cell phones morph into smart devices that do just about any function you can name. In this same converging trend, video conferencing systems now include “Smart” technologies enabling a multitude of functions to be performed beyond the legacy video conference function. Today, a CNS diagnostic tool has been created specifically for CRO usage using video conferencing.

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