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Novartis collaborates with Cyndi Lauper on song in honor of World Psoriasis Day

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Novartis announced that Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper has released a new song, Hope, in honor of World Psoriasis Day. Inspired by psoriasis patients and Lauper’s own experience living with the disease, Hope is part of the SEE ME campaign, an initiative that celebrates patients’ success stories and encourages others living with plaque psoriasis to seek ways to get back to doing the things they want to do.

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Abbott launches smartphone compatible insertable cardiac monitor

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abbott has secured FDA clearance for the Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the world’s first and only smartphone compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias. With FDA clearance Abbott can now provide U.S. patients a new way to monitor for abnormal heart rhythms while staying connected to their physician remotely and being able to engage in their healthcare.

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iSpecimen expands iSpecimen Marketplace

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

iSpecimen announced the expansion of the iSpecimen Marketplace—an online specimen matching platform launched in June of this year that instantly connects life science researchers who need human biospecimens with the healthcare organizations that have them. Hundreds of biotech, pharmaceutical, and academic institutions have signed on as marketplace users, collectively conducting thousands of searches across millions of patients and samples available for research. Initially launched providing access to one million banked samples, the iSpecimen Marketplace now also provides access to 25 million clinical remnants annually.

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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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