Weekly Features

Funders and NGOs find new reporting standards favorable

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) recently agreed on new standards for clinical trials outcomes. Funded all clinical trials, per these new standards, are required to be registered with all results publicly disclosed. By all indications, funders and NGOs who agreed to the new standards find the new requirements favorable.

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inVentiv Health, INC Research announce merger

Monday, May 22, 2017

INC Research and inVentiv Health, two of the largest CROs in the world, recently announced their consolidation into a single, unified CRO entity. This merger of INC-inVentiv will effectively create the second largest outsourcing provider in the biopharmaceutical industry with a combined net revenue of approximately $3.2 billion. The CRO will likely become one of the top three global CROs.

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Streamlining clinical research templates to make trials faster, less expensive, more efficient

Monday, May 15, 2017

Since 2012, the nonprofit organization TransCelerate Biopharma has worked to develop a template protocol designed to cut costs and shorten timelines for industry-sponsored trials. Separately, the FDA and NIH have also spearheaded an effort to provide a template for all government-funded trials. Several years ago, the two groups began working together, and have now announced that their respective templates have been aligned to further streamline product development in the clinical research industry as a whole.

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The continued exploration of modernizing clinical trials

Monday, May 1, 2017

The need for an alternative to the paper-based clinical trial process is long overdue. Not only is the original method cost- and labor-intensive, but it can delay new drug development, as well. The first siteless technology model for clinical trial research was introduced last year, and since then studies in this area continue.

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