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Diversity in clinical trials critical to refining medicines and therapies

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Leaders from Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the FDA and Boehringer Ingelheim recently led a symposium on the barriers and opportunities to increase patient diversity in clinical trials. Because medicines may affect people differently based on age, sex and race, the diversity of clinical trial participants is important to better anticipate differences in treatment effects once the medicines are on the market.

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Myriad collaborates with Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Assurex Health, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently initiated a national, multicenter trial to evaluate the company’s GeneSight test to help improve health outcomes for veterans diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Approximately 20% of the 2.6 million veterans who deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan returned with MDD or a related mental health condition, and tragically suicide rates for veterans are twice that of the U.S. population.

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Survey: 97% of companies to increase use of real-world patient data

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The volume and diversity of data sources used in clinical trials are expected to increase significantly over the next three years, according to new research from Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. In the second report from the 2017 eClinical Landscape Study, one of the largest, most in-depth surveys of clinical data management professionals, 97% of companies say they will increase use of at least one clinical data source to make faster, more accurate decisions during trials. However, 98% of respondents currently report challenges with their clinical data management systems, indicating that companies will need to be better prepared to collect and analyze the growing volume of real-world patient data available from a variety of sources.

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Voice assistant technology poised to fundamentally transform clinical research

Monday, November 13, 2017

Within the next five to 10 years, patients enrolled in research studies will using voice assistant technology such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to interact with clinical trials. Experts expect that these voice assist devices will bolster patient engagement, and may eventually streamline the research enterprise for sponsors and site coordinators as well. On Wednesday, November 8, ICON demonstrated Amazon Alexa’s capacity to deploy a commonly used research questionnaire at the ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. According to Muehlhausen, controlled studies are “the next step” for ICON. “We have a pharma company that has already committed to run a scientific exercise in which we’ll compare Alexa versus an IVR system or a paper system.”

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NPL, Imperial College London launch virtual lab

Friday, November 10, 2017

NPL, the UK’s National Measurement Institute (NMI), and SynbiCITE at Imperial College London, have announced the establishment of a new £7 million virtual lab to underpin their joint Centre for Engineering Biology, Metrology and Standards to help the UK synthetic biology industry improve the manufacturing and adoption of new products – in partnership with LGC and NIBSC.

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