Statistical programmers are in high demand within the biopharmaceutical industry, and within the dynamic world of clinical trials the part they play is ever evolving. In this blog, we take a look at 5 trends which are shaping their roles in 2016 and beyond.
Jul 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM
Jul 21, 2016 6:30:00 AM
Did you miss our webinar on Single and Dual Agent Dose escalation designs earlier in the year? In this blog we have made the replay available for your review, and also take the opportunity to recap key reasons why you should consider a model based design for your dose escalation study.
Jul 20, 2016 8:30:00 AM
The Joint Statistical Meetings is the largest and arguably most highly respected gathering of statisticians in the world. It will bring together over 6000 statisticians for this year’s event in Chicago. As a large meeting, it can be a challenge to navigate and find the sessions which are going to be most valuable for your work. To help out, we've asked some of the leading lights of our statistical group which sessions are their top picks this year.
Jul 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM
In order for adaptive designs to reach their potential, it’s critical that knowledge is effectively dissemirnated within the medical research community – in particular detailed information about the operating and statistical characteristics of specific designs and insights as to their benefits and limitations.
Cytel recently announced the publication of an important article in the New England Journal of Medicine which takes a leap forward in promoting better understanding of adaptive designs particularly in a confirmatory setting. We'll discuss some of the highlights of the article in this blog.
Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM
How do you go about selecting the best Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system for your study? There is now a vast amount of choice in the market, and many factors to take into account before making your decision. Different stakeholders within the business may also have different perspectives, so any decision making process needs to balance these disparate needs.
Jul 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Why do we do what we do? At Cytel we have always been driven to deliver benefits in the service of human health, and ultimately to bring new drugs to the patients who need them. In the context of our work in statistical software, we have recently had the opportunity to support an important conservation project defined by a similar passion to make a difference.
While our core focus has always been in biostatistics, and thus in the life science industry, our StatXact statistical software is used by customers across a broad spectrum of natural and social sciences thanks to its ability to handle small sample sizes.
The Association Takh is one such customer. Takh is dedicated to the re-introduction of the world’s last wild horse, as well as conservation in Mongolia and improvement of the lives of Mongolian herders. (1) In 2004 and 2005 the association reintroduced 22 Przewalski’s horses( one of the world’s most endangered species) from Le Villaret in southern France to the buffer zone of Khar Us Nuur National Park in the Khomyn Tal herder community of western Mongolia.
Jul 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM
At a recent PhUSE SDE, Cytel’s Chitra Tirodkar presented how East PROC MCPMod could be used to help solve the problem of uncertain true dose-response relationship in a bronchodilator study. In this blog we summarize some of the issues, and make Chitra's slides available for download.
Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Jun 23, 2016 7:21:06 AM
Vendor selection is a critical component of ensuring clinical trial success. A 2015 report (1) suggested that clinical outsourcing penetration will reach 72% by 2020- nearly 3 quarters of all clinical trials will be outsourced to professional CROs. The process of vendor selection and management may be managed by the clinical operations teams within smaller companies, or by outsourcing and functional groups within larger organizations. The RFP process is a critical part of vendor evaluation, involving significant effort from the sponsor and CRO to ensure that a well-constructed, accurate proposal is created which can deliver what the sponsor needs.
Jun 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Sunil is an Associate Director of Statistical Programming at Cytel and has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He is also an international speaker and best-selling SAS author. Most recently, Sunil contributes his knowledge as a CDISC Oncology ADaM reviewer and has taught his CDISC online classes with the University of California at San Diego. Sunil has MS in Bioengineering from Clemson University and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the College of Charleston.
Recently, Sunil published a book, 'Sharpening your Advanced SAS Skills’ a follow up to his popular and well respected ‘ Sharpening your SAS Skills’. In this blog we find out more and offer blog readers the chance to win a copy of the new book!
Jun 16, 2016 10:23:00 AM
Predicting the course of a clinical trial is something which people will always want to do-whether for statistical reasons, planning reasons or business reasons. In this blog we look at examples of where prediction goes off course, and how we can resolve these issues. We also share valuable video and slidedeck resources from our VP Consulting and Software, Yannis Jemiai.
Jun 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM
At Cytel, we are very often asked to get involved in DMCs ( Data Monitoring Committees) in a variety of capacities. Our statistical experts are recognized for their work in many of the areas related to DMCs including-group sequential and adaptive designs, multiplicity, missing data, and decision sciences. One key operational management issue when producing analysis for DMCs is that rules must be defined so that trial unblinding is not compromised and bias remains controlled. In this blog, we will explore an innovative approach developed by members of our statistical programming team to improve the efficiency of this process, while maintaining the highest levels of data security.
Jun 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM
At the recent CMO Summit East James ( Jim) Bolognese, Cytel’s Senior Director of Strategic Consulting, and Lou Vaickus,MD, FACP, Founder and President of aktaPD jointly explored how the critical connection between a CMO and a biostatistician can help enhance communication with internal and external stakeholders, ensure patient safety and ultimately improve clinical development efficiency. Below you can catch up with some of the key topics they covered and watch the video of the presentation.
May 31, 2016 7:30:00 AM
Last week, we were delighted to announce the release of East 6.4 bringing further cutting –edge approaches to the East user community. East is the industry standard platform for clinical trial design, simulation, and monitoring, improving scientific productivity during the critical planning stages of clinical development. In this blog we catch up with Yannis Jemiai, VP of Cytel to gain some behind-the-scenes insights into the development and new features of this important release.
May 26, 2016 11:37:20 AM
A number of the Cytel team were in Berlin 22nd- 25th May for the PSI Annual conference. The PSI Conference is an important forum for statisticians and we found this year's event to be energetic, technically interesting and well attended. In this blog, we’ll summarise some of the particular highlights from the sessions that our team members attended.
May 19, 2016 6:00:00 AM
The explosion in healthcare information and “big data “has been one of the most written about topics in the last few years. These big data in the form of electronic health records, diagnostic tests, genomics, proteomics, not to mention data from wearable devices and apps have the potential to transform healthcare. That potential can only be realized though through the application of advanced analytics to recognize patterns from the vast information available. As such, disciplines such as pattern recognition play a pivotal role in the future of healthcare.
May 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM
Cytel participated at PharmaSUG 2016 in Denver recently. A key event on the statistical programming global calendar, the topics included Submission Standards, Application Development and Data Visualizaton. Sharmeen Reza, Associate Director Statistical Programming at Cytel was selected to present a paper presentation in the Statistics and Pharmacokinetics stream on the topic of Scrambled Data- A Population PK/ PD Programming Solution. The presentation was very popular and well attended, so we've included an abstract of the presentation below, and made her slides available for download.
May 12, 2016 10:18:00 AM
Once upon a time Hansel and Gretel laid a trail of breadcrumbs which they followed to find their way back home. Their story can be an allegory for the concept of traceability in clinical data where we need to lay a clear path to ensure that the results we have created can be reproduced. This blog looks at some aspects of a presentation Lost in Traceability by Angelo Tinazzi at the CDISC EU Interchange.
May 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM
We were fortunate to welcome Björn Bornkamp of Novartis to the EUGM 2016 presenting work he has developed jointly with Marius Thomas (1) on methods of adjusting treatment effect estimates in subgroup analyses with a focus on early phase trials.
Apr 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM
Adaptive Designs in Practice: Interview with NIHR Research Fellow Munya Dimairo
NIHR and University of Sheffield researchers recently published a paper, ‘Adaptive designs undertaken in clinical research: a review of registered clinical trials’(Hatfield et al) which explores the current state of adaptive designs in practice. In this blog we catch up with Munya Dimairo, NIHR Research fellow and one of the paper’s co-authors to find out more.