January, 2024

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Why amplifying the patient voice is crucial to clinical trial success

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Amplifying the patient voice is essential for the success of clinical trials. Learn why it is crucial for patient engagement, recruitment, and overall trial success, and how it can address challenges such as transportation and financial barriers.

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Enhancement, Efficiency, Equity, and Engagement: Four Trends Shaping Clinical Trials in 2024

ACRP blog

Historically, patient recruitment and retention have been pressing issues within the clinical trial space. Eighty-five percent of trials fail to recruit enough patients, while 80% are delayed due to other factors like participant dropouts. These high rates are influenced by financial, emotional, and logistical barriers to participation, such as geographic location and travel-related costs, which prevent patients from enrolling in trials and accessing life-changing medicine.

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10 clinical trials to watch in the first half of 2024

Bio Pharma Dive

A non-addictive pain pill faces its definitive test, while study results in ALS, a rare heart disease and lung cancer could have far-reaching implications.

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Clinical trial patient recruitment: 5 common misconceptions

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Though clinical trial patient recruitment is an integral part of the medical research process, it is often one of the most difficult aspects of conducting a study. There are various reasons for this challenge, and among them is the widespread existence of misconceptions about participating in research that many patients may see as a barrier to entry.

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The New Age of Decentralized Clinical Trials

White paper that delves into the complex topic of Decentralized Clinical Trials and how to master them within the confines of FDA Regulations

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January 8, 2024: Pragmatic Trials Researchers Share Lessons From Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes in the Electronic Health Record

Rethinking Clinical Trials

In a new article from the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory, investigators from 6 of the program’s pragmatic clinical trials share case examples of the challenges they encountered in collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in their trials and the strategies they used to address them. The article was published this week in Contemporary Clinical Trials.

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Top 10 Clinical Trial Trends for 2024

XTalks

The field of clinical research will witness significant advancements in 2024. From the continuing trend of the rapid adoption of AI tools to the growing use of real-world evidence (RWE) in regulatory decision-making and a focus on enhancing data integrity, find out how clinical trials will evolve in 2024 to shape the future of medical research. Read on to learn about the top 10 clinical trial trends for 2024, and be sure to explore and join upcoming webinars about clinical trials at Xtalks. 1.

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What Are the Top Oncology Clinical Trial Trends Through the Lens of ESMO?

XTalks

Oncology is recognized as having the largest drug pipeline of any therapeutic area. Estimates based on publicly available information suggest more than 40 percent of all new therapies in development are cancer treatments. Given this hotbed of activity, innovation in the space to drive faster decisions and more efficient trials is intense. There are many aspects of oncology drug development that are driven by the unique nature of the treatments being developed and the needs of the patients, their

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UK maintains status as an attractive destination for advanced therapy clinical trials

BioPharma Reporter

The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult), an independent organization specialising in the advancement of cell and gene therapies, has revealed that the UK has remained an attractive destination for commercial trials, with this type of clinical trial accounting for 81% of trials in 2023 and 80% in 2022.

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Expert analysis: the latest in HIV research and clinical trials 

Pharmaceutical Technology

A new report from Novotech delves into the multifaceted landscape of HIV, focusing on its impact, treatment, and global initiatives.

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CAR-T for lupus: the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for cell therapy in autoimmune disease

Bio Pharma Dive

Since a landmark paper in 2022, drugmakers have begun nearly a dozen trials of cell therapies for lupus, with more set to start. Here’s why their efforts are worth watching.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Specialized Clinical Supply Experts

When selecting a clinical supply provider, consideration often focuses upon the manufacturing, packaging, storage and distribution capabilities available that will, at face-value, be sufficient to meet the needs of the sponsor and their trial. However, there are human-based and knowledge-driven factors that are often overlooked that go beyond these basic physical capabilities and are integral to the development and delivery of high performing clinical supply chains.

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January 3, 2024: Special Biostatistics Series Concludes With Missing Data in Cluster Randomized Trials

Rethinking Clinical Trials

In this Friday's PCT Grand Rounds, Rui Wang of Harvard Medical School will offer the final session in our special series, Advances in the Design and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials, with "Methods for Handling Missing Data in Cluster Randomized Trials." The session will be held on Friday, January 5, at 1:00 pm eastern. Wang is an associate professor of population medicine and the director of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and

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Former Pfizer statistician found guilty of insider trading on Paxlovid trial results

Fierce Pharma

A jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in federal court in the Southern District of New York. | A federal jury has found a former Pfizer statistician guilty of insider trading after a two-week trial in Manhattan. The jury convicted Amit Dagar, 44, of Hillsborough, N.J., of using advance information on successful trial results for Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid to make more than $270,000 in stock trades.

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JPM: Four ways FDA is seeking to buoy gene therapy

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Dr Peter Marks, director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research told a packed house in San Francisco for JPM that FDA wants to support gene therapies in 2024.

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DDW Winter 2023/2024

Drug Discovery World

The DDW Winter issue asks whether AI can deliver better immunotherapies for cancer and includes expert predictions on what to expect from the sector in 2024, alongside a supplement looking at SLAS2024 and an exclusive guide exploring therapeutic antibodies. DDW Winter 2023/2024 The post DDW Winter 2023/2024 appeared first on Drug Discovery World (DDW).

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How Machine Learning Drives Clinical Trial Efficiency

Clinical trial data management is increasingly challenging as studies grow in complexity. Quickly accessing and analyzing study data is vital for assessing trial progress and patient safety. In this paper, we explore real-time data access and analysis for proactive study management. We investigate using adverse event (AE) data to monitor safety and discuss a clinical analytics platform that supports collaboration and data review workflows.

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Merck is on the lookout for more opportunities within immunology

Pharmaceutical Technology

At the JP Morgan Healthcare conference, Merck (MSD) indicated its eagerness to continue to establish its place in the immunological space.

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A new startup from Feng Zhang and an ex-Illumina executive zeroes in on the epigenome

Bio Pharma Dive

Moonwalk Biosciences, the latest biotech cofounded by the gene editing scientist, joins other startups aiming to alter gene expression without changing DNA.

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What to know after a colon cancer diagnosis

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Colorectal cancer (often shortened simply to colon cancer) is the fourth-most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that around 150,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. While the average age of diagnosis is 66, young adults are getting diagnosed in higher numbers every year, and researchers are still unsure as to why.

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Millions of doses of Pfizer's Paxlovid will go to waste in UK, EU as COVID demand plummets

Fierce Pharma

On the heels of a major Paxlovid inventory write-off in the United States, many more doses of Pfizer's COVID-fighting antiviral are going to waste overseas. | At the end of November, more than 1.5 million courses of Pfizer’s Paxlovid had expired unused in European countries, analysts at Airfinity said in a new report. The total tally of expired doses in Europe is expected to hit 3.1 million by the end of next month, representing a value of $2.2 billion.

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What the FDA's New Dosage Guidance Means for the Future of Clinical Research

Speaker: Dr. Ben Locwin - Biopharmaceutical Executive & Healthcare Futurist

What will the future hold for clinical research? A recent draft from the FDA provides valuable insight. In "Optimizing the Dosage of Human Prescription Drugs and Biological Products for the Treatment of Oncologic Diseases," the FDA notes that "targeted therapies demonstrate different dose-response relationships compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, such that doses below the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) may have similar efficacy to the MTD but with fewer toxicities.

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Patient Engagement Collaborative Announces Eight New Members

CTTI (Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) announced eight newly selected representatives for the Patient Engagement Collaborative (PEC). The group of 16 patients, caregivers, and patient group representatives meets with the FDA several times a year and discusses a variety of topics such as improving communication, education, and patient engagement related to medical product regulation.

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CAR-T therapy could “alter the treatment paradigm” of multiple sclerosis

Drug Discovery World

Kyverna Therapeutics has revealed plans to progress to Phase II trials of KYV-101 for multiple sclerosis (MS) following a green light from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). KYV-101 is an autologous, fully human CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell product candidate for use in B cell-driven autoimmune diseases. “This approval is a critically necessary step that paves the way to enrol patients with treatment-refractory progressive MS for whom there are no currently available

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Moderna leads the development of mRNA vaccines in infectious diseases

Pharmaceutical Technology

The rapid sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent development of mRNA vaccines led to the authorisation of the first of these vaccines in late 2020.

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AstraZeneca, Daiichi aim for first pan-tumor ADC approval

Bio Pharma Dive

The FDA is reviewing the companies’ application for a “tumor agnostic” indication for their drug Enhertu, which would break new ground for antibody-drug conjugates.

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2022 Research: The Rapid Rise of Ocean Freight Visibility

A research study conducted by The Journal of Commerce and FourKites surveyed hundreds of international shippers, exploring how their usage of global supply chain visibility technology has evolved since the onset of global disruptions caused by COVID-19. For international shippers, ocean freight visibility has evolved from optional to essential and satisfaction with visibility varies greatly depending on how it is obtained and delivered.

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Does CNS Drug Development Need to Evolve to Include Objective, Longitudinal and Broad-Spectrum Data?

XTalks

To date, the lack of objective longitudinal measures in central nervous system (CNS) clinical studies has resulted in less than 6 percent of drugs in this space making it to market. Many of the validated cognitive assessments today are paper based, introducing the potential for bias and limiting ethnic and geographic diversity in clinical studies. Additionally, blood biomarkers only provide a snapshot in time and do not provide insight into cognitive function.

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Pfizer's layoff campaign ramps back up with dozens of SF-area cuts expected next month

Fierce Pharma

The start of the new year doesn’t seem to have dulled the zeal of Pfizer’s global cost-cutting campaign, which has already left hundreds of jobs in its wake. | Come mid-February, Pfizer will lay off some 52 employees at a facility in South San Francisco, according to a recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act alert. The site is the former headquarters of Global Blood Therapeutics.

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Novavax: Creating tomorrow’s vaccines today

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Novavax is a leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to creating protein-based vaccines for diseases like COVID-19 and malaria. Learn more about their innovative vaccine development process and their commitment to creating a healthier future.

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Living with PSC: What to know about primary sclerosing cholangitis

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An estimated 1 in 10,000 people have primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) , a condition that impacts the bile ducts that run between the liver, the gallbladder, and the small intestine. The liver produces bile to transport to the gallbladder for storage, or to the small intestine where it aids in the digestion of fats. In the case of PSC, there is inflammation in the bile ducts (cholangitis) which leads to scarring (sclerosis) that narrows the ducts.

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The New Age of Decentralized Clinical Trials

This new white paper defines and details the impact of Decentralized Clinical Trials on the Pharmaceutical industry and how the impact can be measured along with steps companies can take to ensure adoption.

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Inside the growing precision therapy market and the crucial role of pDNA manufacturing

Pharmaceutical Technology

CDMOs, who cater to the requirements of multiple companies and develop platform processes to achieve the much-needed economy of scale, are being seen as a possible solution.

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Kyverna sets plans for IPO in test of biotech market

Bio Pharma Dive

The offering is the fifth outlined by a biotech startup this month, suggesting companies are becoming more willing to gauge investors’ appetite for new stock offerings.

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World Cancer Day 2024: Trends in Oncology Research and More

XTalks

World Cancer Day 2024 is a global initiative that emphasizes the importance of heightened awareness about cancer. This day is observed annually on February 4th since its inception by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2000. World Cancer Day is dedicated to encouraging early detection, prevention and treatment while also advocating for improved access to healthcare services for those affected by cancer.

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FDA wants classwide boxed warning on all commercial CAR-T therapies amid secondary cancer safety probe

Fierce Pharma

As many have feared, the FDA’s investigation into secondary T-cell cancers following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning. | As many have feared, the FDA's investigation into secondary T-cell malignancies following treatment with existing CAR-T therapies is poised to lead to a classwide black box warning.

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Accelerating Clinical Supply Through Integrated Drug Development

As the development pipeline for new drugs continues to grow, biopharmaceutical companies are re-evaluating how to best manage and balance resources across an increasing number of development projects and complex clinical trials. There are two approaches that can be used to speed a drug from development to clinic faster: timeline compression and parallel processing, but only one that considers the benefits of integrating clinical supply into the overall drug development process.