Weekly Features

Bridging the gap: Incorporating research into care

Monday, April 10, 2017

A few years ago, the idea that primary care physicians might offer clinical trials as a routine part of care seemed far-fetched. But today, a growing body of evidence supports the notion that integrating research into clinical care can improve efficiencies, bolster patient engagement and reduce cost.

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Parexel brings a new patient sensor platform to market

Monday, April 10, 2017

Parexel International, a global biopharmaceutical service provider based in Boston, recently launched Perceptive My Trials Analytics Platform, a tool designed to securely collect and store data from patients wearing medical devices and participating in clinical trials. The system has the capacity to collect data from six wearable devices or sensors measuring lung capacity, pulse, blood glucose levels, body weight and activity levels—essential information for many trials.

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New data mapping software zeroes in on anomalies, trends

Monday, March 27, 2017

With thousands of data points collected in nearly every clinical trial, tech companies have been working to develop new ways to help teams sort out critical information. Recently, CluePoints announced the launch of Patient Profiles, a highly configurable platform that prioritizes atypical data, in an effort to help teams focus on at-risk study participants.

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Industry reacts to proposed regulatory fee increase

Monday, March 27, 2017

President Trump’s proposed budget would require drug and device makers to pay more than double the current fees for regulatory approval, a concern that has many in the industry asking for more detail. The proposed budget posits the fee increases would improve the speed of regulatory approval, but specifics for how that outcome would be achieved have yet to be provided. The suggested budget also cuts nearly $6 billion from the NIH, which would greatly impact medical research funding.

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Keapstone Therapeutics created as new virtual biotech for Parkinson’s

Monday, March 20, 2017

The University of Sheffield and Parkinson’s UK have combined forces to create Keapstone Therapeutics. The goal of the newly formed company is to help move research into nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) through the development process and, hopefully, into testable treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects around 1 million people in the U.S. and 127,000 in the U.K.

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Multi-sponsor trial results website launches

Monday, March 13, 2017

It wasn’t that long ago that patients just wandered away after a clinical trial wrapped up, never learning the results of the trial, never knowing whether or not their participation made any difference.

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Sanofi bets on virtual clinical trials

Monday, March 13, 2017

The clinical research industry is facing a crisis. Nearly 80% of trials do not meet enrollment timelines, and these delays can amount to $8 million in lost revenue per day, according to one estimate by Cutting Edge Information. But now the industry is betting on a new trend: virtual clinical research.

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