Project Management

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Working with a CRO

The challenges of greater regulatory scrutiny, complex logistics, downward cost pressure and increasingly rigorous data requirements are just a few of the reasons biotech and pharmaceutical companies look to outsource clinical trials. In a dynamic healthcare and regulatory environment, outsourcing increases flexibility by streamlining clinical trial management and enabling sponsors to concentrate their resources on...

Consulting

Premier Insight 235: It’s About How the Social System Works, Not Just the Science

The assignment sounded simple enough: Recruit 24 patients for a Phase 1 proof-of-concept study of inflammatory bowel disease. The first CRO that received the assignment showed how difficult it really was: They were able to recruit only nine patients in a year and a half. At that point, the sponsor asked Premier Research to step...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Insight 242: How Ramping Up Communications Helped Overcome a Next-to- Impossible Recruitment Challenge

We knew going in that it could be the perfect recruiting nightmare. We were looking for children ages 2 to 12 for a dermatology study that involved long visits and extensive blood draws. We had extremely complex inclusion/exclusion criteria. And most parents wanted nothing to do with it. “Hello, it’s me again.” We sent feasibility...

Consulting

Premier Insight 259: In Clinical Trials, Success Isn’t Always Where You Expect It

When does a clinical trial that falls short of its goal still constitute success? When the experience reveals invaluable lessons in how to avoid a repeat performance — and identifies a highly productive location for siting future studies. A large, multinational study of a drug to control inflammation in patients with recurring high-grade malignant glioma...