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Warping the speed of vaccine development

November 30, 2020

Ironically, the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine program did not take “Operation Warp Speed” funding. Even more ironic is the fact that Pfizer got…

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A ‘Holy Grail Moment’ for Clinical Research

November 23, 2020

It was a familiar scenario: A rare disease area of oncology. A new drug candidate. A desire to assess efficacy as safely and quickly as possible, so that if successful, a new therapy could get approved and change lives. But this desire could have been tempered by reality: the trial was going to be challenging and slow…

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Seeing progress through the eyes of patients

November 20, 2020

For the clinical research industry, technological tools improve trial continuity, and generate data that helps power more robust monitoring of safety and quality. They can also be a natural fit for patients. IQVIA also sees study participants liking the direct shipment of medicines, telehealth interactions and at-home visits. In the COVID era and beyond, designing more trials with these kinds of technology-enabled strategies is going to help more people by lowering barriers to participation, and speeding the development of new medicines.

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Are we ready for holistic, virtual access?

November 18, 2020

Diverse technology solutions, like patient telehealth visits, accessing electronic medical records (EMRs) or remote source data verification, can generate vast amounts of data. As the clinical research industry evolves towards its next “new normal” with a higher baseline level of remote monitoring, IQVIA is considering the implications of increasing data access. Are we ready?

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Technology solutions: Weathering a storm, helping envision a future

November 16, 2020

We all had a flurry of unprecedented activity. We were assessing risks to patients and data, and putting in place mitigation strategies to preserve continuity of the studies.” Those strategies involved thousands of amendments to protocols, adapting to sudden changes that impacted patients and sites around the world.

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A new fight sees new tools and new challenges

November 2, 2020

A key pillar in the COVID-19 battle is the rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine. As vaccine R&D shifted into gear and then accelerated throughout 2020, with a rapidly growing number of candidates, platforms and manufacturers, it appeared that a bottleneck in this race could actually be the ability to enroll participants.

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When technology may be the easy part

October 26, 2020

In the 10 weeks following the US’ declaration of a pandemic crisis, hospital ER visits declined for conditions like heart attacks and strokes. Simultaneously, based on clinical trials in the Medidata ecosystem, new subject enrollment declined 30%. But also in that time period, ER visits related to uncontrolled high blood sugar saw less of a decline. Patients continued to seek care. Why?

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A global sense of urgency: Collaborating to advance the conduct of clinical trials

October 23, 2020

“There’s a global sense of urgency,” says Jamie Macdonald, CEO of Parexel, of the collaboration between stakeholders to accelerate development. One key focus for Macdonald is the lengthy process of trials, and compressing that “dead space” to shorten timelines, improve efficiency and quality.

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The need for new paradigms

October 21, 2020

“The pandemic has changed everything about the pace of our innovation and our focus,” says Peyton Howell, EVP and Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer at Parexel. There used to be lots of caution around using real-world data and evidence, but this year has illustrated the need for new paradigms.

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

October 19, 2020

For Dr. Sy Pretorius, Parexel’s Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, COVID-19 has been a catalyst. The pandemic has accelerated innovations that make it easier for patients to participate and for sponsors to conduct research. Parexel has seen increases in decentralized trials and remote monitoring, where study designs were adapted amidst the pandemic.

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

October 15, 2020

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

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

October 9, 2020

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

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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.

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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.