ACRO Members Create New Framework to Advance Decentralized Clinical Trials

The Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCT) Working Party publishes quality-based principles and risk assessment considerations for patient-focused decentralization of clinical trials.

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COVID-19Lessons Learned

A Catalyst for Innovation, Urgency for Now, Momentum for the Future

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

For Dr. Sy Pretorius, Parexel’s Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, COVID-19 has been a catalyst. The pandemic has accelerated innovations that make…

Lessons Learned

Sharpening the pencil: Rethinking trial design with the patient at the center

October 15, 2020 0 Comments

New medicines are at the core of clinical research. Historically in clinical research, these experimental medicines move from a warehouse to a…

Lessons Learned

Patient engagement, thinking ahead and how the clinical research industry helps solve global problems: A conversation with Alistair Macdonald – Part 2

October 9, 2020 0 Comments

In August 2020, Syneos Health CEO Alistair Macdonald reflected on the COVID-19 crisis to date. Read Part 1 of the conversation. In…

Lessons Learned

Clinical Research in the COVID Era: Learning Lessons, Saving Lives

September 29, 2020

Doug Peddicord, ACRO’s Executive Director, introduces the series and sheds light on the importance of CROs and technology companies in spearheading clinical innovation through COVID-19 and beyond.

Lessons Learned

COVID, the role of digital, and the future of clinical research: A conversation with Alistair Macdonald – Part 1

September 29, 2020

In August 2020, Syneos Health CEO and ACRO Board Chair Alistair Macdonald reflected on the COVID-19 crisis to date. This conversation has been edited lightly for clarity.

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New ACRO Report Introduces Quality-by-Design, Risk-Based Framework for Decentralizing Clinical Trials

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020 – (Washington, DC) – Clinical trial activities have traditionally centered around trial sites where patients travel for participation. This…

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