The Guardian Research Network, a nationwide consortium of community health systems based in Spartanburg, S.C., and Molecular Health, a biomedical company headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, have announced a collaboration designed to provide therapeutic clinical trial access and molecular diagnostic decision support to the majority of cancer patients living in U.S. communities.
The Guardian Research Network will collaborate with Molecular Health to harness the power of big data and sophisticated molecular testing to identify cohorts from hundreds of thousands of patients to enable “accrual on demand” for novel cancer trials. This approach will ensure site selection efficiency and dramatically reduce the time to complete a clinical trial.
Lutz Voelker, Molecular Health CEO, said, "Working with Molecular Health, Guardian Research Network physicians will be able to provide their patients with the right drugs, in the right combinations, targeting the drivers of every disease mechanism."
Molecular Health has spent more than a decade developing a precision medicine data warehouse and clinical interpretation technologies that relate identified genetic alterations to both approved and experimental drug therapies.
The Guardian Research Network is forming a nationwide consortium of large community-based health systems that will utilize Molecular Health's TreatmentMAP 613 gene molecular profile and clinical decision support system as its preferred platform. The Guardian Research Network also will use Molecular Health's InsightMAP and OutcomesMAP products as underlying technology to support clinical trial matching, patient stratification and cohort analytics.
Currently only those cancer patients that are able to travel to tertiary centers can gain access to the majority of novel drug trials.
"We will look back on this innovation in a few years and ask why we hadn't done it much sooner—it will be a true game changer for pharma, CROs and others who need a new model to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the clinical trials process," said Timothy Yeatman, MD, President of the Guardian Research Network.
Patients, physicians, hospitals, along with pharmaceutical, diagnostic and device companies, will all benefit from this aligned, innovative effort that will democratize clinical trial access and greatly accelerate drug, device and diagnostic development. The Guardian Research Network continues to invite community health systems with an aligned focus in cancer care to join this rapidly expanding consortium.