Tag: Rare Disease

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Strategies for Finding ‘Hidden’ Patient Populations

A little less than five percent of the world’s population are estimated to suffer from more than 7,000 different types of known rare diseases. There are even more medical conditions where those who have them are too embarrassed to talk about what’s wrong or simply don’t know exactly what ails them. Yet, these individuals are...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Natural History Studies: A Growing Force in Treating Rare Diseases

Knowledge of a disease’s natural history is essential to building the scientific foundation for an effective clinical development program. That’s especially the case when developing drugs to treat rare diseases, which by their very nature are poorly understood. Natural history studies don’t just track the course of diseases over time, but identify demographic, genetic, environmental,...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Natural History vs. Registry Studies in Rare Disease

Patient registry and natural history studies are often thought of as interchangeable, but there are major differences in these approaches to clinical drug development. Understanding the role of each is important, as well as understanding the distinctions on how these study designs are used in pursuing treatments for rare diseases. Patient Registries A patient registry...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Natural History or Registry Study? Conducting Rare Disease Research

Sound drug development requires a comprehensive understanding of the disease being treated. To design reliable clinical studies and achieve meaningful outcome measures, researchers must apply known etiology and thorough knowledge of the disease’s progression. For rare diseases, this information is often minimal at best: patient numbers are small and historical data is spread across treating...

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The Rise of Patient Advocacy

The effects of rigorous patient advocacy are easily seen today throughout the pharmaceutical industry. Patients who suffer the debilitating effects of rare diseases are banding together to be heard in an attempt to have their conditions studied to further the development of treatments and cures. However, the influence of patient advocacy groups has not always...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

The Biggest Hurdles in Rare Oncology Research (And How to Overcome Them)

Translational research has the potential to help all patients, but the principles behind bench-to-bedside research hold special promise for patients with rare diseases — many of which have no standard treatments. Here’s how changes to the way rare oncology studies are performed are getting treatments to the patients who need them at a faster rate. What Makes...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

The Future of Patient Advocacy and Orphan Drug Development: Challenges and Opportunities

Despite advances in the orphan drug development process and the more prominent role that patient advocacy groups now play, researchers in this area still face a number of challenges. But, fortunately, increased collaboration between patient groups, industry leaders, and regulatory bodies can help overcome these hurdles. Barriers to orphan drug research include: Small population By definition,...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

4 Phases of Biomarker Method Validation in Rare Disease Research

Rare diseases present some unique obstacles for researchers that significantly contribute to the high cost of drug development. Fortunately, innovations in biomarker use have the potential to significantly cut back on these costs while improving data quality. However, before biomarkers can be used in this research, their associated collection, measurement, and evaluation methods must be validated. The key phases of biomarker...

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Rare Disease Day 2017: With Research, Possibilities Are Limitless

One of the most rewarding efforts I’ve seen in my years working with Premier Research is watching our Rare Disease Day activities unfold. Every year we ask our employees to support Rare Disease Day in some way, so we can all remember how crucial our role is in clinical development, especially in this area of...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Biomarker Method Validation in Rare Disease Drug Development

While drug discovery has seen major advances over the last few years — especially in the domain of rare disease research — the number of new drug approvals has not kept pace with increasing development costs. However, the innovative use of biomarkers has the potential to change that trend. Biomarkers in Rare Disease Research Biomarkers are objectively measurable characteristics...