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Data Management & Biostatistics

Premier Insight 244: Data Management: A Growing Challenge, Made Easier

Premier Research is at the forefront of offering secure file-transfer services for pharma companies. Unlike other providers of secure file hosting, we understand the needs that are specific to the industry — such as giving all trial participants upload and download access while building in firewalls between lab vendors.

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Insight 255: Merging Science and Nuance to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Patient enrollment is a key challenge in most clinical trials, and studies of drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder require an especially nuanced approach to recruiting. The target population of military service members is inherently circumspect, and the conditions that afflict these men and women add greatly to the challenge.

Clinical Research: Phase I - Phase 4

Premier Insight 250: A Study That Wasn’t Working Until Premier Research Stepped In

A customer called on us to rescue a study that just wasn’t going well. (It happens a lot.) The challenge was to deliver data the company needed to make a go-/no-go decision at a major internal meeting that couldn’t be rescheduled. The problems stemmed, in part, from a failure to communicate between a large, somewhat...


Premier Insight 249: A High Unmet Need that No One Wanted to Talk About

What do you do when patients are too embarrassed to talk about what’s wrong with them? It was a trial for fecal incontinence, and patients wanted help – they just didn’t want to admit it.

Functional Service Provider (FSP)

Premier Insight 245: Getting Creative: A Hybrid Answer When the Conventional Won’t Do

When the going gets tough, the tough get … creative. The search for the best resourcing solution sometimes defies a single answer. That’s when Premier Research combines outsourcing, insourcing, and geographic flexibility to devise a hybrid solution.

Data Management & Biostatistics

Premier Insight 247: Forty Percent Savings in Four Weeks: Yeah, We’re That Good

A U.S. pharmaceutical company needed an immediate outsourcing solution to replace an underperforming vendor. Not only was time critical, cost was, too. These new data specialists would be located offshore to reduce the sponsor’s overhead. Oh, and did we mention it had to be done fast?


Premier Insight 265: Complete Response: Lymphoma Trial A Surprising Success For Five Patients

A trans-Atlantic study to evaluate an antibody for treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma is still almost three years from completing patient follow-up, but already it has succeeded beyond expectations in the form of five patients declared disease-free a year and counting. The Phase II trial involved a CD19 antibody that was tested at 26 sites —...

Functional Service Provider (FSP)

Premier Insight 246: Transfer and Re-Engage: A Powerful Path to Flexibility and Cost Savings

Functional outsourcing can produce significant savings and greatly increase flexibility in assigning resources. But any big change in staffing requires care to avoid personnel disruptions, keep projects on track, and comply with laws governing use of contract employees.

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Insight 258: Glioblastoma Drug Study Yields ‘Unexpectedly Huge’ Advance

A three-nation study of a treatment for recurring glioblastoma showed the therapy more than five times as effective as the typical protocol, an unexpectedly large advance in fighting these aggressive brain tumors. But it was a long road, and the drug’s efficacy was a big factor in extending the trial to five years — nearly twice its...

Functional Service Provider (FSP)

Premier Insight 248: Outsourcing: You’re Now Free to Do What You Do Best

Pharma, biotech, and medical device companies are increasingly turning to contract research organizations to outsource a wide range of activities through functional service provider (FSP) arrangements. FSPs increase agility and drive down costs while offering cafeteria-style flexibility — giving clients wide latitude in choosing which services to farm out and which to keep in house.