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Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Full Service or FSP? How to Choose the Right Model for Your Study

Typically, when people talk about a full-service contract research organization (CRO) they mean a group that handles every aspect of a clinical study, supplying the personnel, the systems, and the processes. The sponsor is spared all operational involvement with the full-service model, simply receiving key information at specified intervals. This model works very well for...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

7 Tips for Designing and Operationalizing Rare Disease Natural History Studies

Natural history studies play a crucial role in rare disease drug development, providing insights that advance discovery and shape clinical trial design. The benefits of these studies also extend to understanding patient journeys, clarifying the standard of care, identifying disease-specific centers of excellence, and surfacing opportunities to improve patient care. In this blog post, we...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

How to Use Patient Registries and Natural History Studies in Rare Disease Development

Successful drug development requires a deep understanding of the disease of interest—its etiology, epidemiology, presentation, manifestations, and progression. In rare diseases, however, much of this information may be unknown. Patient populations are small and historical data are collected inconsistently and dispersed across treating physicians practicing in diverse geographies. Patient registries and natural history studies are...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Considerations for Clinical Studies in Contraception

Women today can choose from a wide range of effective and safe contraceptives based on their medical and lifestyle needs. Over the course of their lives, women may change contraceptive methods for a variety of reasons, such as concerns about side effects. For researchers, the objective of contraceptive development is to design products that offer...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

5 Tips for Operationalizing Gene Therapy Studies

Gene therapy clinical trials are logistically complex studies that require highly qualified sites and engaged patients for success. The ability to select the right sites and patients can be the difference between product failure and market approval. In this final part of a three-part blog series on gene therapy development, we provide tips on operationalizing...

Functional Service Provider (FSP)

Staying Relevant: Forward Motion in Clinical Data Management

Industry wide, the past two years have seen rapid changes in the approach to clinical data management. To some extent, this is the natural result of working through a pandemic, where remote collaboration and efficiency are at a premium. Yet the seeds of change were planted far earlier, with artificial intelligence, data visualization, and other...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Designing Robust Gene Therapy Studies

To develop a successful gene therapy, sponsors must conduct research studies that balance the need for safety oversight and robust clinical evidence with the challenges of finding the right patients, pairing them with qualified sites, providing informed consent, and confirming they are capable of — and committed to — fulfilling all protocol requirements.    In...

Functional Service Provider (FSP)

FSP: The Access Point to Better Clinical Data Management

At its core, the success of any clinical trial rests on clean, conclusive data. This creates challenges. Throughout a trial, the data must be properly aggregated, scrubbed, analyzed, acted on—and all those steps must be recorded, to assure regulatory authorities of their accuracy. As the industry continues to evolve, new solutions to these challenges have...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

IVDR Survival Guide Part 2: Preparing for the NB Bottleneck

The In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) has fundamentally changed how in vitro diagnostics (IVD) are regulated in the EU. As a result, scrutiny for review and documentation has increased substantially, including a dramatic increase in required reviews by notified bodies (NB). For IVD companies, the challenge of adapting to a significant set of regulatory updates...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

IVDR Survival Guide Part 1: A Deep Dive into Classification, Clinical Evidence, and Performance Requirements

The EU has been working to strengthen its regulations for better patient protection and more effective implementation of the rules for in vitro diagnostic medical devices. As a result, in May 2017, a five-year in vitro diagnostic regulation (IVDR) transition plan went into effect. While some of the dates have been extended1 to allow for...