Weekly Features

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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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab launches to move scientific research from bench to bedside

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has moved into a new research hospital facility and renamed itself the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The former RIC now occupies a $550 million, 1.2 million square foot facility located on prime real estate in downtown Chicago. The AbilityLab aims to create a setting in which research scientists, engineers and other specialists can work side-by-side with clinicians and patients to improve treatment. This approach is a departure from traditional methods of organizing clinical practice and research, and will serve as an experimental model for medical institutions to observe.

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