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Adaptive Design Strategies in Rare Oncology

Traditional trial design use only a priori inputs to obtain final trial results. From first patient in to last patient out, trial execution proceeds without change, following a black box approach. While a standard for clinical research, this strategy doesn’t always suit rare oncology research, which must contend with very small patient populations that are often difficult to treat....

7 Sponsor Responsibilities in Medical Device Clinical Trials

What are sponsors in medical device trials responsible for? Pretty much everything. Seriously. Clinical trials for medical devices involve many complex “moving parts” in the form of different groups of investigators, suppliers, contractors, committees, and other organizations. For a successful trial, sponsors must make sure each works together in harmony. Roles of a Sponsor The seven key...

Rare Cancer Research from the Patient’s POV

The purpose of clinical research is ultimately to help patients. That may sound obvious, but all too often we forget the human side when it comes to clinical trials. For patients with rare cancers, taking their perspectives into consideration is invaluable to quality research. But what specific unmet needs do rare oncology patients have? What...

3 Innovations Improving Neuropsychological Testing in CNS Drug Development

Although current limitations in neuropsychological testing may discourage development of treatments for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, some researchers see these unmet needs as an opportunity for innovation. Take a look at three strategies that are improving the validity and viability of neuropsychological testing. Rater Training Success or failure of a CNS trial can come down to...

The Why, What, and How of the Current State of CNS Drug Development

Central nervous system (CNS) disorders are a diverse group of conditions that include psychiatric, neurological and substance abuse disorders. Unfortunately for patients, treatment options for CNS disorders are often limited (or non-existent). To make matters worse, comparatively few CNS drugs are in the development pipeline. What aspects of CNS disorders contribute to lagging drug development? Read on to...

8 Programs That Get Rare Cancer Treatments to Patients Faster

A variety of factors can make it difficult to conduct traditional full-scale clinical trials for new treatments of rare cancers. Consequently, because so little information is available, treatments for rare oncology patients are inadequate or nonexistent. Luckily for both patients and researchers, the FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have introduced regulations that expedite review and approval of certain investigative drugs. Expedited FDA...

Innovations in Rare Oncology Trial Design

A rare cancer is often defined as one with an incidence of less than 15 per 100,000. The patient populations of these conditions are so small that traditional clinical trial design strategies can be unfeasible. But, with such a low incidence, just why is rare oncology research so important? Why Rare Oncology Needs Innovation Keep in mind...

4 Ways a Target Product Profile Enhances the Medical Device Development Process

A target product profile (TPP) is a strategic process tool that streamlines medical device development through cross-functional strategic alignment. It’s a living document that defines the value proposition and key differentiators of an intended commercial product while assisting in product development strategy. A TPP may take a lot of time and resources to craft, but it’s a strategy that promises a major...

Rare Disease Research: 3 Biggest Hang-Ups to Patient Recruitment

When developing treatments for a relatively common illness or disease, patient recruitment is relatively straightforward.  Screening and data collection can generally be done in a centralized location in a highly controlled environment. Now, imagine the concentration of people with the disease is not high enough in your local area, or even your country for that...