clinical research

H1 & Lokavant Partner to Power Next-Gen Clinical Trials

What You Should Know: – H1and Lokavant today announced an extensive data-and-analytics collaboration to bring enhanced automated intelligence to drug development – As part of the bi-directional partnership, Lokavant will provide performance data on global trial sites and principal investigators from thousands of studies to supplement H1’s existing Trial Landscape clinical trial repository.  Integrating Clinical …

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Labcorp unveils plan to spin out clinical development business

Laboratory Corp of America (Labcorp) has announced that it plans to separate its clinical development business into an independent, publicly-traded contract research organisation (CRO). The move will return Labcorp to its core lab testing business and central laboratory network and will allow each company to “benefit from its own capital structure, enhanced investor alignment through …

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EMA pilot will see if clinical trial data should be digested ‘raw’

A pilot study has been launched by the EMA to see whether it is helpful for regulators to look at the ‘raw data’ from clinical trials submitted in support of new marketing application along with the usual structured analyses from sponsors. The pilot will focus on individual patient data from clinical studies in electronic structured …

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Moving Analytics Nabs $20M for Virtual & Remote Cardiac Rehab Program

What You Should Know: – Moving Analytics, an Irvine, CA-based telehealth provider of cardiovascular prevention programs raises $20M in Series A funding led by Wellington Access Ventures and Seae Ventures with participation from Philips Ventures, SteelSky Ventures, Aphelion Capital (American Heart Association’s official VC fund), Nueterra Capital, and Citi Ventures. This round brings the company’s total funding to …

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COTA Appoints Noel Alaka as VP of Life Sciences

Noel Alaka, VP of Life Sciences at COTA What You Should Know: Today, oncology real-world data analytics company COTA announced the appointment of Noel Alaka as Vice President of Life Sciences. As VP of Life Sciences, Alaka will be responsible for helping grow and build partnerships with leading life sciences companies that are looking to adopt real-world data and …

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UK adds £175m funding to clinical research recovery drive

The UK government has made an additional £175 million ($212 million) in funding available for its push to make the country a go-to location for clinical research, adding to £200 million promised in March to strengthen the national data infrastructure. The new money has been announced to coincide with the publication of a new three-year …

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Walgreens Launches New Clinical Trial Business to Address Access & Diversity

What You Should Know: – Walgreens today announced the launch of its clinical trial business to redefine the patient experience and increase access and retention in sponsor-led drug development research. – Walgreens flexible clinical trial model combines the company’s vast foundation of patient insights, partner-enabled health and technology capabilities and in-person and virtual care options …

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4 Steps for Operationalizing the FDA’s Call To Improve Health Outcomes for All Patients

C.K. Wang, Chief Medical Officer of COTA, Inc. In April, FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf laid out areas of challenge and opportunity when it comes to improving health outcomes, restoring public trust in science, and making the most of our ongoing investments in data analytics and clinical research. More specifically, Califf made clear that our current healthcare …

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ePROs: Better Patient Input for Better Trial Output

Kris Gustafson, Vice President and Global Head Patient Centered Technologies, IQVIA During the pandemic, electronic clinical outcomes assessments (eCOAs) gained prominence as sponsors looked for more agile tools to help them capture patient data remotely through decentralized clinical trials (DCTs). From the adoption of virtual models like eCOAs and DCTs, a new opportunity emerged to …

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Cerner Collaboration to Increase Access to Cancer Clinical Trials

What You Should Know: – Cerner, Elligo Health Research® and Freenome are collaborating to enable a clinical trial through the Learning Health Network to help advance early cancer detection. – Together they will be using the research-activated network of health systems, real-world data (RWD) and multiomics technology, developed by Freenome, with the goal to help accelerate early cancer detection. Importance of Early Cancer Detection …

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Digital Documentation: How PDFs Can Help Providers Expedite Care

Deboshree Sarkar, Product Marketing Manager, PDF Editor Product line at Foxit We live in an increasingly digital world. Across industries, companies and consumers have come to rely on the rapid exchange of digital information. Healthcare, however, has been an outlier in this regard. While the healthcare digital transformation has been in play for years, it’s …

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What the “Great Resignation” means for clinical research

Staffing shortages can slow down trial timelines and negatively affect patients, who have less time with the physicians and nurses providing their care. But a few flexible, integrated systems that work for both clinical research sites and sponsors could help alleviate these issues and speed up research.

How Automation Can Help with Healthcare’s “Messy” Data Problem

Dr. Bob Lindner, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of veda Efficient data processing and data sharing are essential functions across healthcare—from patient care, clinical research, and health services planning to billing and government reporting for funding and research. But most of the data that the industry is processing is human-generated, meaning it’s messy and riddled …

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Reify Health Secures $220M to Support Clinical Trial Diversity at $4.8B Valuation

What You Should Know: – Reify Health, a leading provider of solutions that empower the clinical trial ecosystem, announced a $220M Series D funding round dedicated to improving diversity in clinical research. The investment comes less than a year after its Series C and brings the company’s valuation to $4.8B.  – The Series C found was co-led …

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Forge Health Secures $11M for Value-Based Behavioral Health Model

What You Should Know: – Forge Health, a White Plains, NY-based behavioral healthcare provider with a proven, national-payer-validated ability to drive clinical outcomes that span all areas of health, today announced an $11M growth funding round led by HC9 Ventures. – Innovative behavioral health company works with payers and health systems to enable value-based care …

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At-Home Digital Health Innovations Transforming Diabetes Care

Mark Clements, MD, PhD, CPI, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Glooko, Inc. If you’re looking for a silver lining in the COVID-19 dark cloud still enshrouding the world, consider this: The pandemic has turbocharged widespread acceptance of at-home digital health solutions. Forced to function in a world of social distancing, healthcare providers and physicians have quickly …

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Analysis: US Ambulatory EHR Market Shake-Up at HIMSS 2022

During, and in the run-up to, HIMSS earlier this month there were several announcements from US EHR vendors that will shake up the US EHR market, particularly in the ambulatory segment. These included:  – Allscripts’ announcement that it is to sell its Sunrise, Paragon, TouchWorks, Opal, dbMotion, STAR and HealthQuest business to Harris Computer Corp. …

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Sano raises $11m for patient and trial matchmaking platform

UK startup Sano Genetics has raised $11 million in first-round financing to develop its go-between service, which aims to overcome one of the big challenges in clinical research by connecting patients with trial sponsors. The Cambridge-based company said the new funding – which adds to around $4 million in seed financing – will be used …

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VivoSense Raises $25M for Wearable Sensor Biomarkers to Advance Clinical Trials

What You Should Know: – VivoSense, an agile end-to-end scientific solutions company developing novel digital endpoints from wearable sensor data raises $25 Million in Series A funding. – The financing will accelerate the development of novel digital biomarkers and improve digital clinical outcome assessments. VivoSense will also use this financing to expand and refine its informatics platform …

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Amazon gathers Thread in decentralised trials alliance

Amazon’s latest push into the healthcare arena is focusing on one of the top new trends in clinical research – the shift towards decentralised trials. Amazon Web Services has teamed up with Thread, a US technology company that has developed a decentralised clinical trials (DCT) platform based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, to enhance …

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ConcertAI Raises $150M at $1.9 Billion Valuation for RWD Platform

What You Should Know: – ConcertAI, LLC (ConcertAI), the leader in enterprise AI and real-world data (RWD) solutions for life sciences and healthcare, announced the close of its $150M in Series C led by Sixth Street at a $1.9B valuation. – From its startup just five years ago, ConcertAI has emerged as one of the …

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Metabolomics: An Emerging yet Powerful Tool in Clinical Research and Development

Scientific fields involved in high throughput measurement of biological molecules are referred with the suffix-omics including, transcriptomics, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Genomics is the study of genetic material within a cell, and transcriptomics is the study of gene activity in different cells. Likewise, metabolomics refers to the study of byproducts of metabolism. Although, metabolomics is …

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Taking responsibility for changing lives: Sharing data and accelerating access

Is open, responsible research the key to translating quality science into clinical benefit as quickly as possible? We ask the AMRC’s new CEO, Nicola Perrin. Accelerating access to life changing treatments is every medical research charity’s aim – and open, responsible research is the key to doing just that. Nicola Perrin, the new CEO of …

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How Support Automation Enhances Clinical Trial Management

David Karandish, CEO of Capacity The life of a clinical study relies on data from documentation, meetings, emails and calls; all of which can be overwhelming for patients, clinical trial teams and associates. Although mundane, documenting, executing and collecting data is crucial to move a trial from phase to phase. Clinical trial teams face a …

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How Support Automation Enhances Clinical Trial Management

David Karandish, CEO of Capacity The life of a clinical study relies on data from documentation, meetings, emails and calls; all of which can be overwhelming for patients, clinical trial teams and associates. Although mundane, documenting, executing and collecting data is crucial to move a trial from phase to phase. Clinical trial teams face a …

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How new data capabilities can supercharge clinical research

The UK’s health research data capabilities are rapidly evolving. For example, during the height of the pandemic, NIHR’s integrated health research system was able to compare  COVID-19 hospital caseloads to COVID-19 research activity in real time. This enabled rapid recruitment to multiple COVID-19 clinical trials throughout England/UK.  In a post-pandemic world, how can we use …

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H1 Acquires London-Based Faculty Opinions to Broaden Global Doctor Network

What You Should Know: H1, a global healthcare professional data ecosystem to enable life sciences, academic medical institutions, health systems, and payors acquires London-based Faculty Opinions Ltd, formerly known as Faculty of 1000 and F1000 Prime.  Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – A close partner of H1, Faculty Opinions fuses the comments …

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Implementing Responsible AI to Drive Innovation in Clinical Research & Precision Medicine

Prakriteswar Santikary, Ph.D., VP of Engineering and Technology at ConcertAI Researchers might be skeptical and, with people’s lives at stake, that’s understandable. Here’s how to take advantage of the advances while ensuring safeguards are in place. As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning drive innovation and disruption in clinical trials and precision medicine, questions around …

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Futurecasting with Amy Abernethy: Verily, Real-World Data, Clinical Trials & Health Policy in 2022

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Insight on what’s ahead for the future of clinical research, real-world evidence, and personalized healthcare from none other than former FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner and current President of Verily Life Sciences’ Clinical Research Platforms, Amy Abernethy. Amy testified before Congress a few weeks ago to answer their questions about some …

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Decentralized Clinical Research Will Be A Paradigm-Shifting Trend

Zeenia Framroze, Director of Strategy and Business Operations at Sharecare The field of clinical research is on the precipice of change, and for good reason. Traditional clinical trials and processes are primarily confined to sterile, isolated clinical settings that are often narrow in scope and provider-centric. Researchers of tomorrow, however, already are identifying accurate and …

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UK’s clinical research recovering slower than Euro peers, says ABPI

The pandemic had a negative effect on clinical research across all countries, but the UK seems to be taking longer than others to recover, according to a report from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). The industry body maintains however that the UK can bounce back strongly if it adopts the innovative approaches …

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AllStripes Secures $50M to Advance Global Rare Disease Research PlatforM

Nancy Yu, CEO and Co-founder, AllStripes – AllStripes, a San Francisco-based healthcare technology company dedicated to unlocking treatments for people affected by rare diseases, today announced it has raised $50 million in Series B funding led by Lux Capital, a current investor, joined by JAZZ Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Medidata Solutions, McKesson Ventures, and Maveron. The round also …

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Does draft RCT guide set the scene for future trials?

A common set of standards for randomised clinical trials (RCTs) aims to help researchers develop the drugs and interventions of the future – no matter what they do or where they are based. The Good Clinical Trials Collaborative (GCTC) has published a draft guidance document, and is asking for the life sciences sector to make …

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Arcus’ CMO Grossman jumps ship to join Gilead’s cancer push

Gilead Sciences just forged even closer ties with its cancer drug partner Arcus Biosciences, enticing the biotech’s chief medical officer Bill Grossman to a new role as its head of oncology clinical research. The two companies entered into a 10-year alliance last year, with Gilead claiming certain rights to Arcus clinical and preclinical immuno-oncology candidates …

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IQVIA adds to growing lab biz with $198M deal for Myriad contract services unit

IQVIA is paying nearly $200 million to purchase a Myriad Genetics subsidiary that provides pharmaceutical contract services , a deal that will put the new acquisition in the company’s Q2 Solutions unit, The deal follows IQVIA’s April announcement that it had secured full ownership of Q2, which had been a joint venture with Quest Diagnostics.

Decentralized Clinical Trials: Surviving & Thriving in the Clinical Research World of COVID-19

Zach Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer, Glooko As with so many aspects of our daily lives, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical trials was both widespread and monumental. Thousands of trials—an estimated 80% of non-COVID-19 trials—came to a halt or were interrupted by the pandemic, which challenged the ability to conduct trials safely and …

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Philips, Disney Partner to Improve Pediatric Experience During MRI Exams

What You Should Know: – Philips and Walt Disney Company, today announced a partnership partners to conduct first of its kind clinical research pilot program that aims to help reduce fear and anxiety to improve children’s patient experience during MRI exams – As part of the partnership, Philips will investigate how Philips Ambient Experience – …

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Increasing patient engagement with UK clinical trials

Pharma companies face many challenges when involving patients in the design of clinical trials – but doing so can have huge benefits further down the line, improving the sustainability and quality of research. Patient engagement can help address long-running industry issues, such as recruitment and retention, as well as reducing the need for additional trial …

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Verily and Janssen Launch COVID-19 Immune Response Study

What You Should Know: – Verily and Janssen launches COVID-19 Immune Response Study that aims to collect detailed information about how the coronavirus affects the immune system immediately after someone tests positive for COVID-19. Verily, an Alphabet company, is partnering with Janssen Research & Development LLC (Janssen) to launch a COVID-19 Immune Response Study as …

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Clinical research in 2021: A new era of collaboration and innovation

The clinical research community has been disrupted in a number of ways due to COVID-19 and sparked a spirit of collaboration and innovation. Worldwide Clinical Trial’s Aman Khera gives five predictions of how clinical research could change in 2021. The pandemic has propelled the life science industry toward higher expectations for faster, more responsive and …

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Coordinating and delivering research in the pandemic: The UK approach

The acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic tested the UK’s capacity and capability to rapidly deliver crucial clinical research at a time of immense pressure and stress on personnel and resources. It triggered a system-wide response which took the UK’s collaborative culture to new levels. This multi-agency approach enabled unprecedented speed and efficiency in trial …

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Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments

John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Information Officer at Jvion A century ago, X-rays transformed medicine forever. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body, without invasive surgeries. The technology was so revolutionary that in the last 100 years, radiology departments have become a staple of modern hospitals, routinely used across medical …

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Frenova Begins Patient Enrollment to Build World’s Largest Genomics Registry for Kidney Disease

What You Should Know: – Frenova Renal Research, a global division of Fresenius Medical Care, announced today that it has started to enroll patients in its new endeavor to build the world’s largest genomics registry targeting kidney disease. – The registry will be used to help advance understanding of the genetic drivers of kidney disease and …

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30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and …

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M&A: Philips Acquires Remote Cardiac Monitoring BioTelemetry for $2.8B

What You Should Know: – Philips acquires BioTelemetry, a U.S. provider of remote cardiac diagnostics and monitoring for $72.00 per share for an implied enterprise value of $2.8 billion (approx. EUR 2.3 billion). – With $439M in revenue in 2019, BioTelemetry annually monitors over 1 million cardiac patients remotely; its portfolio includes wearable heart monitors, …

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VHA Innovation Ecosystem Taps MDClone to Leverage Synthetic Data for Faster Healthcare to Veterans

What You Should Know: – Data analytics and digital health company MDClone announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VHA Innovation Ecosystem to democratize data and provide better, smarter, faster healthcare to U.S Veterans. – By leveraging MDClone’s data platform, the VHA is able to tackle this massive problem by securely accessing, …

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M&A: Cerner to Acquire Health Division of Kantar for $375M in Cash

What You Should Know:  – Cerner announces it will acquire Kantar Health, a leading data, analytics, and real-world evidence and commercial research consultancy serving the life science and health care industry. – This acquisition is expected to allow Cerner’s Learning Health Network client consortium and health systems with more opportunities to directly engage with life …

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Cerner Invests in Elligo to Make Clinical Trials Accessible for Health Systems of All Sizes

What You Should Know: – Cerner announced a strategic investment in Elligo Health Research, a leading research organization that enables clinical trials with nationwide community-based health care practices. – Cerner plans to expand the data and tools available in the Cerner Learning Health Network to offer additional clinical trial resources to community and rural hospitals …

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Medidata Acquires Digital Biomarker Business of MC10 / Clinical Trials & Wearable Sensors

What You Should Know: – Clinical trials technology company Medidata has acquired the digital biomarker business of MC10. – MC10’s offerings will bring novel clinical analytics and biosensor capabilities to Medidata’s existing technology solutions, enhancing Medidata’s capabilities to integrate data from wearable sensors – including clinical grade metrics – in clinical trials. – With this …

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Intermountain, Sanford Health Signs Intent to Merge

What You Should Know: – Intermountain Healthcare and Sanford Health sign a letter of intent to merge that will created a combined health system employing more than 89k people at 70 hospitals and 435 clinics across seven states. Intermountain Healthcare and Sanford Health, one of the nation’s leading systems in rural health care delivery and …

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Castor Raises $12M to Advance COVID-19 Research Through Clinical Trial and Data Automation

What You Should Know: – Castor raises $12M in Series A funding to further their support for COVID-19 research through clinical trial and data automation. – With 4,000 live studies and 2,000,000 enrolled patients across 90 countries, Castor will use the funding to further invest in enabling patient-centric, data-powered clinical trials. Castor, a Hoboken, New …

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Decentralised trials – aided by tech – could boost clinical research

Bringing clinical trials to patients – rather than the reverse – could be the key to improving recruitment into studies and making them faster, cheaper and more likely to succeed, according to one clinical research organisation (CRO). There’s already plenty of support from regulators for virtual or ‘decentralised’ trials, including from former FDA Commissioner Scott …

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Ciox Health Acquires Biomedical NLP Company Medal

What You Should Know: – Ciox Health has acquired Medal, Inc., a biomedical Natural Language Processing (biomed-NLP) technology company. – The acquisition will lead Ciox to better and more quickly enable real-world data in support of research that advances patient care. Ciox Health, a leading health technology company, today announced its acquisition of San Francisco-based biomedical Natural Language …

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10 Healthcare Innovations That Can Reduce Total Disease Burden 6-10% by 2040

What You Should Know: –  40 percent of the global disease burden could be addressed with known interventions, but that leaves 60 percent unaddressed. – As part of the recent McKinsey report Prioritizing health: A prescription for prosperity, the McKinsey Global Institute identified ten promising innovations that can reduce total disease burden 6-10% by 2040. …

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