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Recently, researchers at King’s College London published a study in Translational Psychiatry on a feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that, they suggest, may be the reason so many clinical trials targeting this disease have failed. In this new study, the researchers found that when amyloid beta (Abeta) destroys a synapse, theRead more

 Clinical research certainly has evolved over the past three decades. There are more trials crossing a broader spectrum of indications, and advances in study design and execution have dramatically changed the way drugs and medical devices are evaluated and sold. But perhaps no change has been more significant than the growth in engagement onRead more

Small and mid-size biopharma companies in the U.S. and Europe are under intense pressure to find more efficient and cost-effective ways to commercialize their products. In an increasingly competitive clinical trial environment, sponsors have begun to shift their focus to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for their studies. In fact, the number of clinical trials inRead more

Global clinical trials are projected to exhibit a compound annual growth rate of 12.4 percent and reach revenues of $57 billion by 2020, according to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan.[1] As the cost and complexity of drug development continue to increase, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is a key destination for the conductRead more

We were reviewing a study protocol for a maker of medical devices, and there was one provision that just didn’t make sense. The sponsor specified a need for regular data monitoring committee meetings, but we didn’t see the need and couldn’t justify the effort. It was a short study involving few sites. In all likelihood,Read more

This episode, we’re proud to share the first part of our conversation with Alan Thomas, patient advocate and founder of Ataxia & Me, ahead of International Ataxia Awareness Day on September 25. Alan talks about his personal journey with ataxia and how he first got started with patient awareness. Follow Alan and Ataxia & MeRead more

Put yourself in this scenario: Your compound is a newly validated mutated receptor that is present in only a limited number of cancer patients, and there is no approved diagnostic test. Your product, an antibody-like molecule that inhibits the receptor’s activity, also stimulates a potent immune response. Further complicating things, much of the preclinical dataRead more

Medical science is making significant advances in treating schizophrenia, but for all the progress we’ve seen, patients don’t benefit much unless they regularly take their medications. Second-generation (or atypical) long-acting injectable antipsychotic treatments (LATs) that ensure consistent administration of medication have become widely available over the past 15 years, but they remain a tough sellRead more

The European Union’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) are putting a lot of pressure on the medical device industry. These are big changes with far-reaching implications, and if there’s a common denominator among them, it can be summed up in one word: more. In this episode of Premier Voices,Read more

In this blog series, we’ve been discussing some of the challenges of conducting clinical trials in neuroscience. In our final post of the series, we turn to another major one: ensuring that assessments are conducted with high quality whilst also minimizing subjectivity. Rating subjectivity can make signal detection substantially more difficult, if not impossible. ThisRead more

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