Career Perspectives: Interview with Benjamin Esterni, Principal Biostatistician

Posted by Cytel

Mar 16, 2018 7:00:00 AM

At Cytel we believe that expert statistical input has the power to shape the future of clinical development: de-risking portfolios, accelerating timelines, and increasing the probability of success.

In this blog we talk to Benjamin who lives in France, to find out more about his career path, achievements, current role at Cytel and his interests outside of work. 

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Topics: Recruitment, Cytel Strategic Consulting, Statistical Programming, Statistical Analysis, clinical development, biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials, careers, clinical trials, CRO, clinical research


Cytel Congratulates Lipopharma and CLINGLIO Consortium on Recent Grant Award

Posted by Cytel

Feb 27, 2018 4:38:00 AM

We extend our congratulations to Lipopharma and the CLINGLIO project consortium on their recent 6,15M€ grant award by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. Led by Lipopharma, the multinational consortium brings together 12 academic and industry organizations from Europe, Israel, and the USA.

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Topics: Oncology, Trial Design, adaptive trials, personalized medicine


Recent Publication: A Gatekeeping Procedure to Test a Primary and a Secondary Endpoint in a Group Sequential Design with Multiple Interim Looks

Posted by Cytel

Feb 15, 2018 10:35:00 AM


A recent publication in Biometrics ‘A Gatekeeping Procedure to Test a Primary and a Secondary Endpoint in a Group Sequential Design with Multiple Interim Looks’ greatly extends the results of Glimm et al. ( 2010) and Tamhane et al ( 2010) which studied the problem of testing a primary and secondary endpoint, subject to a gatekeeping constraint, using a group sequential design (GSD) with K = 2 looks. This extends the methodology to provide for multiple (K>2) looks. The methodology is applied to the data from the RALES study (Pitt et al., 1999; Wittes et al., 2001).

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Topics: Cyrus Mehta, Statistical Analysis, Group Sequential, biostatistics, adaptive trials


Slides: East User Group Meeting and Trial Design Symposium

Posted by Cytel

Dec 4, 2017 11:28:00 AM


In 2011, Cytel organized its first East User Group Meeting (EUGM) in Paris. Since then, we have held an EUGM almost every year, alternating between locations in Europe and North America.  These meetings have been a great success, giving opportunities for customers and industry colleagues to meet each other as well as with key opinion leaders, whilst learning more about our East software and providing critical feedback. 

This year, the EUGM was held in Cambridge MA on the 25th and 26th of October. In this blog we are delighted to share the slides from some of the speakers' presentations. 

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Topics: Cytel Strategic Consulting, Clinical Development Strategy, Adaptive Clinical Trials, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, EAST 6.4, adaptive trials


Case Study: Bayesian Decision-Making in a Phase 3 Oncology Design

Posted by Cytel

Mar 2, 2017 8:45:00 AM

We continue our case study series with this example of a Phase 3 design that uses Bayesian decision making combined with frequentist final analysis.

Clinical Development Background

Our biopharmaceutical client’s lead drug candidate is a late clinical-stage cancer immunotherapy for treatment of a rare oncology indication.  Clinical development of therapies in this indication faces inherent challenges of patient recruitment and scarcity of data.

Sponsor Challenge

The sponsor had previously conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study. Moving into a confirmatory clinical trial setting, they came to Cytel for support with a trial design to address their key questions:

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Topics: Oncology, Bayesian Methods, Phase 3, adaptive sample size re-estimation, biostatistics, adaptive trials, Bayesian


Inside an Oncology Statistician's Toolkit

Posted by Adam Hamm

Feb 9, 2017 7:34:58 AM

 

 

 In this blog, Adam Hamm, PhD, Director Biostatistics at Cytel shares some of the most important knowledge he uses in  his day to day work as a biostatistician working extensively in oncology research. Adam has broad experience with statistical analysis and methodology over all phases (I-IV) of development, in particular working in the oncology arena. 

 As a Director of Biostatistics at Cytel, I work on design, statistical analysis and reporting projects for a range of biotechnology and pharmaceutical sponsors. During my career, I’ve developed a particular focus on oncology trials, so in this blog I’ll share some insights into the  knowledge which I have found particularly vital  as a biostatistician working in this area. This knowledge spans specific statistical methodologies and understanding of the clinical issues across the phases of clinical development. The summary is not exhaustive, but provides a glimpse into the broad exposure which is needed for a biostatistician to develop a fully rounded understanding in the area. To learn more, read on...

 

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Topics: Oncology, Dose-Escalation, Interim Analyses, Phase 1, Dose-Finding, Early Phase Trials, Phase 3, phase 2, biostatistics, adaptive trials


Accelerating development with combined SAD/MAD approach

Posted by Cytel

Jan 30, 2017 9:50:24 AM

Single ascending dose (SAD) and multiple ascending dose (MAD) studies are typically the first in human studies.  They seek to gain information on safety and tolerability, general pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic ( PD)  characteristics, and of course identify the maximum tolerated dose (MTD).

Conventionally, SAD  and MAD studies were conducted separately, but increasingly are combined into an ‘umbrella’ protocol which addresses both SAD and MAD objectives.

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Topics: Cytel Strategic Consulting, Cytel Consulting, Statistical Programming, Phase 1, Dose-Finding, Compass, Phase I, biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


How to get the regulatory green light for your adaptive design?

Posted by Cytel

Jan 23, 2017 10:35:00 AM

As a group, Cytel had over 40 successful regulatory interactions last year, many of which supported approvals for innovative trial design approaches.  In this blog we look at some of the key success factors for regulatory interactions regarding adaptive designs.

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Topics: Cytel Strategic Consulting, Cytel Consulting, Regulation, biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Adaptive Design Approaches from Cardiovascular Clinical Trialists Forum

Posted by Cytel

Jan 16, 2017 8:41:00 AM

 The Global Cardiovascular Clinical Trialists Forum is a key event bringing together leading experts from across the spectrum of opinion leaders, clinical trialists, investigators, regulators, statisticians and practitioners to address the most pressing questions in cardiovascular clinical development today.  At the December conference, eminent biostatisticians Cyrus Mehta and Stuart Pocock led a packed workshop tackling the advantages and limitations of adaptive designs within this space.

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Topics: Cyrus Mehta, Cardiovascular, Cytel Events, biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Our readers' choice : Top Blog posts from 2016

Posted by Cytel

Dec 23, 2016 8:21:00 AM

 

As we prepare to say 'so long, farewell'  to 2016, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank all our blog readers and subscribers.  Read on for a  round up of our most read topics from the year.... 

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Topics: Clinical Data, EDC, database build, data manager, CDISC, SDTM, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Adaptive Design CONSORT Extension Project: The Inside Scoop

Posted by Cytel

Dec 15, 2016 11:53:14 AM


In April, we interviewed NIHR research fellow Munya Dimairo about the paper, ‘Adaptive designs undertaken in clinical research: a review of registered clinical trials’ (Hatfield et al, 2016), for which Munya was a co-author. 

During the previous interview, we discussed the barriers to uptake of adaptive designs, and the urgent need for a cross-sector discussion and work on reporting guidance of adaptive design.  As a follow up to this, Munya is now Lead Investigator of the ACE project which aims to develop a consensus-driven reporting guidance tailored for Adaptive designs in the form of a CONSORT extension. The ACE Project is funded by the NIHR and is led by a multidisciplinary Steering Working Group of international experts in collaboration with the CONSORT Executive Group and the MRC HTMR Adaptive Designs Working Group.  The goal is to enhance transparency, credibility, reproducibility, and replicability of adaptive trials as well as facilitate uptake of ADs in clinical trials research when appropriate.

  We are delighted to welcome Munya Dimairo back to the blog to give us the inside scoop on this project.

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Topics: biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Innovative Phase 3 Adaptive Enrichment Design in Oncology

Posted by Cytel

Dec 2, 2016 9:19:10 AM

At a recent Pfizer/ Cytel seminar on rare disease and oncology development, Cytel’s Lingyun Liu presented innovative work on a patient enrichment design. In this blog, we share some design and operational considerations. This approach can help mitigate against underpowering of a clinical trial where there is uncertainty and heterogeneity of treatment effect among subpopulations.

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Topics: Oncology, Enrichment, Cytel Strategic Consulting, Phase 3, patient enrollment, biostatistics, adaptive trials, personalized medicine


Infographic: 10 steps to consider before choosing an adaptive design

Posted by Cytel

Nov 21, 2016 11:42:00 AM

While adaptive designs can deliver significant benefits to clinical development-  including ethical benefits for patients, reduced costs, and improved likelihood of trial success- they are not suitable for every clinical trial.  In making the assessment of whether or not to choose an adaptive design, trial planners need to weigh the strategic benefits against the practical implications. 

We have previously discussed on the blog, the 10 steps proposed by Jim Bolognese and Ranganath Nayak to assist sponsors in making this decision. In this blog, we are delighted to share a simple infographic outlining the process. 

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Interim Analyses, Clinical Development Strategy, trial planning, adaptive designs, adaptive trials, DMC, infographic


New East Insights Video:Creating an SSR Design

Posted by Cytel

Nov 9, 2016 9:03:11 AM


Adaptive sample size re-estimation designs are an important part of the statistician's toolkit. In this first in a series of East Insight videos, Cytel Statistician Charles Liu walks us through the creation of an adaptive sample size re-estimation design in East with a 5 minute demo. Watch the video and download the accompanying slidedeck to recreate the steps. 

 

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Topics: East, sample size re-estimation, adaptive sample size re-estimation, adaptive trials


Pharmacometrics tools of the trade: 4 factors to consider

Posted by Cytel

Nov 1, 2016 10:02:00 AM


Unlike statistics which has been around in some form for hundreds of years, pharmacometrics is, by comparison, a relatively new discipline and only entered the clinical development world in the last 30 years. Situated at the intersection of mathematical modeling, simulation, and big data, pharmacometrics leverages the best practices of translational research to generate clinical development strategy.

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Topics: pharmacometrics, Biomarkers, adaptive trials, pharmacology, PK/PD


Adaptive Designs: A Data Management Perspective

Posted by Cytel

Oct 7, 2016 8:29:00 AM


Adaptive designs have the potential to accelerate clinical development, and improve the probability of trial success. While the principle is simple- to reduce the uncertainty in clinical development by obtaining additional information from the ongoing trial- the statistical methodologies can be complex, and expert support is often required to conduct the clinical trial design. There's also complexity in the data collection itself, so knowledgable data management support is needed to successfully execute an innovative trial design.  In this blog, we take a look at 5 top considerations for successful adaptive trial data management. 

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Topics: Data Management, Clinical Development Strategy, Clinical Data, Adaptive Clinical Trials, EDC, data manager, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Challenges in Neuroscience Clinical Trials

Posted by Cytel

Oct 5, 2016 9:48:00 AM

 While some progress has been made in terms of scientific development in Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry indications, the pace of translation into more effective treatments  remains elusive.

 At the recent Cytel seminar co-hosted with Pfizer, Abdul J. Sankoh of Sage Therapeutics presented on some of the challenges in these therapeutic areas and discusses strategies moving forward.  He bases his presentation on his broad industry experience. 

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, psychiatry and neuroscience, biostatistics, adaptive designs, adaptive trials


Case studies:Learning from less-well understood adaptive designs

Posted by Cytel

Sep 29, 2016 9:28:14 AM

A paper "Best practices case studies for 'less well-understood' Adaptive designs", has been published by the DIA Scientific Working Group on Adaptive Designs as a twin document to the previously discussed "Challenges and Opportunities of 'Less Well Understood' Adaptive Designs".  This publication furthers understanding by reviewing 10 important case studies and sharing details on their design and operational characteristics, as well as related regulatory interactions.  

To read an abstract and details of the full publication click here. 

 In this blog we'll take a look at some of the case studies under discussion. 

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Topics: Rare Disease, Clinical Development Strategy, Adaptive Clinical Trials, Multi-Arm Studies, adaptive sample size re-estimation, Multi-Arm Multi-Stage Studies, EAST 6.4, adaptive designs, adaptive trials, Seamless designs


Case Study:Seamless Phase 2/3 Design in Rare Disease

Posted by Cytel

Sep 9, 2016 9:24:00 AM

 

Challenge:

Our client, an emerging biotechnology company, was preparing for the next stage of development for their novel compound in a rare disease.  They had two major concerns which they wanted the clinical trial design to address- an anticipated difficulty in recruiting subjects to the trial, and  the cost and time investment associated with running separate phase 2 and phase 3 trials.  They approached Cytel’s strategic consulting team for an innovative solution.

Solution:

An inferentially seamless Phase 2/ 3 design with promising zone was proposed as a means to address the sponsor’s objectives. Because of uncertainty regarding which dose would be selected and what the effect size of the selected dose would be, the team proposed design options which allowed for adjustment of the sample size using information learned at the interim analysis.  Several seamless phase 2/3 designs, with and without adaptive sample size re-estimation were evaluated through simulations using East 6.4.

The simulations evaluated various design parameters such as maximal sample size, timing of the interim analysis, size of the promising zone, and efficacy and futility boundaries. Designs were compared on the basis of overall power, average sample size, conditional power, probability of entering each interim zone, and number of overruns.

Value Added:

The inferentially seamless design has the potential to accelerate clinical development by removing the ‘white space’ between phases 2 and 3.  Where the sample size is increased adaptively at the interim analysis by a specified percentage of the original pre-planned sample size, an overall increase in power could also be achieved.  The sample size re-estimation design provided a boost to power where the interim results fell  in the promising zone.  The client benefited from a design which only calls for additional investment of patients and resources when this investment would meaningfully boost the chances of success.

Cytel's statistical consulting team help you decide if an adaptive approach is right for your trial. Read further examples of our work by clicking below. 

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Cytel Strategic Consulting, Phase 3, phase 2, biostatistics, EAST 6.4, adaptive trials, Seamless designs


Overcoming challenges of 'Less Well Understood' Adaptive Designs

Posted by Cytel

Sep 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the 2010 draft FDA ‘Guidance for Industry on Adaptive Design Clinical Trials for Drugs and Biologics',  the agency makes an important distinction between ‘well understood’ and ‘less well understood’ adaptive designs.

‘Well understood” adaptive designs may include such approaches as adaptation of eligibility criteria, adaptation for stopping early and adaptations to maintain study power based on blinded interim analyses of aggregate data. For these 'well-understood designs', there is little concern from the FDA about their potential to be implemented in adequate and well-controlled trials.  On the other hand, at the time of the drafting of the guidance at least, ‘ less well understood designs' (which include such approaches as adaptations for dose selection studies, adaptation of patient population based on treatment-effect estimates,  and adaptation for end-point selection based on interim estimates of treatment effect) gave greater concern. Interestingly, the FDA  Adaptive Designs for Medical Device Clinical Studies : Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff does not adopt this distinction. 

A recent article, Addressing Challenges and Opportunities of “Less Well-Understood” Adaptive Designs (He et al 2016) (1) takes a look at some of the perceived challenges of these designs and ways in which they may be overcome.  The publication is the result of work by a best practice sub-team formed by the DIA Adaptive Design Scientific Working group in January 2014. Cytel's Yannis Jemiai is a member of this group, and one of the co-authors of the article. 

In this blog, we take a look at a few of the challenges outlined and some of the suggested mitigations.  One aspect covered in the publication is seamless designs- and given the scope we'll devote a separate blog to this area. 

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Topics: sample size re-estimation, Clinical Research Services, type 1 error, Software Simulations, patient enrollment, adaptive designs, adaptive trials, DMC


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