The Importance of Standardization in Clinical Outsourcing

Posted by Cytel

Jun 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

 

At the recent PCMG conference in Malta, Adrian Otte ( Independent Consultant, formerly VP Global Development Operations at Amgen) presented to delegates the strategic choices open to sponsors when  choosing an outsourcing model and the three fundamental issues in play: standardization, flexibility and cost. In Dr. Otte's view, standardization of systems and processes is key, but is often overlooked as a factor by companies of all sizes when deciding how to outsource clinical trial activities. In this blog, Dr Otte joins us to share his insights on this topic, as well as this views on how outsourcing has evolved in recent years, and the future trends that will have most impact. 

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, outsourcing, Clinical Development Strategy, clinical trials


Infographic: Overcoming Data Management Challenges in Immuno-Oncology Trials

Posted by Cytel

Apr 25, 2018 10:13:00 AM

Data management is an essential building block for successful Immuno-Oncology (I-O) trials. At the Immuno-Oncology Clinical Trials operations meeting in New York in earlier this year,  Patti Arsenault, VP Quality Assurance at Cytel discussed with Christopher Lamplugh, AVP, Clinical Data Management, Global Data Operations at Merck, the key challenges for data management in the space, and what’s needed to overcome them. 

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Topics: Oncology, Data Management, Clinical Research Services, Clinical Data, EDC, database build, data manager, big data, clinical trials


What makes a Successful FSP Partnership Tick?

Posted by Natalie Fforde

Mar 14, 2018 11:31:00 AM

Photo by Agê Barros on Unsplash

by Natalie Fforde, Senior Director of FSP Services at Cytel


With effective use of outsourcing, sponsors are able to respond to market needs and change course where necessary, while ensuring a pool of highly qualified personnel are available to work on clinical trial projects. At Cytel we work with our clients to tailor the outsourcing model that works best for an organization's particular circumstances.
In this blog, I will take a look the Functional Service Provider ( FSP) outsourcing model and some of the key factors that can help make a partnership ‘tick’ successfully.

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, clinical data management


Career Perspectives: Interview with Makarand Deshmukh, Senior Clinical Data Analyst

Posted by Cytel

Nov 22, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Cytel offers a full range of clinical data management services and the team of experts is spread across the globe.

In this blog we talk to Makarand, who is based in India, to find out more about his career path, current role at Cytel and his interests outside of work. 

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Topics: Data Management, Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, Statistical Analysis, careers, clinical data management, clinical research


Creating Efficiencies in the Vendor Qualification Process: A Proposal

Posted by Cytel

Nov 15, 2017 8:46:00 AM

Each year Halloran Consulting Group hosts‘CORE’ (Clinical Operations Retreat for Executives) as a forum for industry executives to discuss pressing challenges in a collaborative environment. This year, our Senior V.P. of Clinical Research Services, Irving Dark, discussed the topic of vendor qualification and posed the question to the group: are there better alternatives to the traditional qualification audit process? In this blog, we present Irving’s proposal for an innovative approach that could improve efficiency and allow sponsors to invest more time evaluating the operational and cultural aspects that have greater potential to ensure the success of a partnership

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, outsourcing, Clinical Data, CRO


Innovative posters unveiled at ACoP8

Posted by Cytel

Nov 2, 2017 9:05:00 AM

 

Last month was the eighth American Conference on Pharmacometrics (ACoP8) in Florida, a key event on the calendar for Cytel’s Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics subject matter experts.

Cytel was delighted to contribute to the event this year and present two posters. This was excellent opportunity to share our knowledge and innovative research, alongside networking with likeminded industry professionals.  

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Phase 1, Clinical Data, pharmacometrics, clinical development, pharmacology, model-informed-drug-development


2017 ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop

Posted by Cytel

Oct 24, 2017 6:01:00 AM

The ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop is sponsored by the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section in cooperation with the FDA Statistical Association. Each year 800 statistical practitioners come together to absorb new information on statistical practices in all areas regulated by the FDA.

Cytel was honored to be involved in the workshop program, and our subject matter experts added value to the conference by sharing their academic and regulatory experiences.

Don’t worry if you missed the event!

In this blog, we share the full slide set slide from Cytel contributions at the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory Industry Statistics Workshop.

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Topics: Sample Size, Promising Zone, Clinical Research Services, Regulation, FDA, Clinical Data, Adaptive Clinical Trials, adaptive sample size re-estimation, adaptive designs, Bayesian


Highlights from the 2017 SCDM Program

Posted by Cytel

Oct 4, 2017 7:34:36 AM

The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) conference landed in Orlando last week providing insights and key trends for clinical data managers from around the world.  In this blog we share an infographic of some of the agenda highlights along with a more detailed overview of our Alla Muchnik's contribution to the session Study Medication Compliance: Data Collection Challenges. 

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Topics: Data Management, Clinical Research Services, Interim Analyses, Clinical Data


Career Perspectives: Interview with Namrata Deshpande, Senior Team Lead

Posted by Cytel

Sep 29, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Namrata Deshpande, Senior Team Lead will be participating in a round table discussion at the Women in Statistics event in California, October 19-21.

This is the first blog in a new 'Career Perspectives' series and we talk to Namrata to find out more on her career path, achievements, current role at Cytel and her interests outside of work. 

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Topics: East, Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, Statistical Analysis, Clinical Development Strategy, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, biostatistics, R programming, careers


How can Novel Statistical Methods Tackle Antibiotic Resistance? Interview with Scott Evans

Posted by Cytel

Sep 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing human health today. We are excited to welcome Dr. Scott Evans of the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) to the blog to discuss how the novel statistical methods he is developing could help tackle this global crisis.

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Clinical Development Strategy, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, biostatistics, Antibiotic resistance


Design Concept for Basket Trials: Interview with Bob Beckman

Posted by Cytel

Sep 11, 2017 11:25:00 AM

At the East User Group meeting (EUGM) on 25th and 26th October, we will welcome a number of renowned industry speakers to discuss some of the most promising approaches in innovative trial design. Over the next few weeks, we will profile a number of the speakers and their talks. In this blog, we talk with Bob Beckman M.D in advance of his presentation ‘Design Concept for a Confirmatory Basket Trial'. This, the first part of a two-part interview will reveal Bob’s insights into basket trials and their potential. The second part of the blog will delve more deeply into the design concept itself and will be published after the East User Group Meeting. To learn more, read on.

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Topics: Oncology, East, Clinical Research Services, Clinical Development Strategy, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, biostatistics, basket trials


Case Study: Cross-study Efficiencies in Biometrics Outsourcing

Posted by Cytel

Aug 2, 2017 7:07:00 AM

As a  biometrics -focused CRO, Cytel regularly works across a program of studies, providing data consistency, and helping to minimize the oversight burden for the sponsor. In this case study, we describe our work with a client on two Phase 1 studies, and how we were able to carry a number of important efficiencies from the first study to the second.  

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, Phase 1, outsourcing, Clinical Data, biostatistics, clinical data management, medical writing


Don’t miss these 5 session picks at JSM

Posted by Cytel

Jul 25, 2017 7:37:09 AM

The Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) is the largest and arguably most highly respected gathering of statisticians in the world.  It will bring together over 6000 statisticians and runs from Saturday, July 29, to Thursday, August 3, 2017. With over 600 sessions,  it can be a challenge to identify the most crucial ones to attend. To help out, we've asked some of the Cytel team for their top picks this year. 

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Topics: Oncology, Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, Statistical Analysis, Clinical Development Strategy, Adaptive Clinical Trials, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, biostatistics


Case Study: Seamless Independent Data Monitoring Committee Support

Posted by Cytel

Jul 19, 2017 9:00:13 AM

With adaptive and innovative trial designs on the rise, operational implementation of interim analyses, including management of Independent Data Monitoring Committees is increasingly important.  In this blog, we will share a case study of how Cytel provided a client with seamless Independent Data Monitoring Committee support encompassing committee selection and management, independent statistical services, and ACES software. 

 

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, Interim Analyses, ACES, biostatistics, DMC


Creating Data Visualizations with R and Shiny

Posted by Cytel

Jul 13, 2017 5:25:00 AM

By Tejasweeni Rajput

It’s been known for centuries that a picture can tell a thousand words. In an era of new technologies, and increasing volume of information, visualizations can help us to express complex data simply and effectively. Advanced technology is now available that allows statisticians and data scientists to drill down into the data sets to be analysed, and develop dynamic graphics that one can interact with. This marks a leap forward in decision-making capabilities from the static figures which have been traditionally available to us.

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Statistical Programming, biostatistics, R programming


Under wraps: the importance of patient privacy

Posted by Manjusha Gode

Jun 28, 2017 4:36:40 AM

About the Author: Manjusha Gode has over 28 years' IT experience spanning delivery Management, quality management, software testing,  people management, process improvement and multi-locational operations.  She is a pioneering member of Cytel's clinical programming team.

 Clinical data transparency improves decisions for all healthcare stakeholders including patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, payers, and regulators.

The topic of transparency and the process by which clinical trial data can be effectively anonymized and disclosed for use by researchers has become a hot topic in recent years. In this blog, we will discuss the broader context of patient privacy and the key considerations for biopharmaceutical companies in this area.

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, Regulation, Statistical Programming, biostatistics, CDISC


Cytel ASCO 2017 Report

Posted by Cytel

Jun 20, 2017 7:17:47 AM

 At ASCO 2017, Cytel trial design experts joined our medical and academic colleagues to share the most recent innovations in cancer research.
In this blog we will share the abstract and pdf of the poster presentation: TAPPAS: Adaptive enrichment phase 3 trial of TRC105 and pazopanib versus pazopanib alone in patients with advanced angiosarcoma (AAS), co-authored by Cytel's Cyrus Mehta and Lingyun Liu with TRACON Pharmaceuticals.  

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Topics: Oncology, Clinical Research Services, Phase 1, Clinical Development Strategy, Phase 3, Adaptive Clinical Trials, biostatistics


Setting the Right Foundations: The Role of the Independent Randomization Center

Posted by Liz Cole

Mar 20, 2017 9:54:00 AM

 In the randomized clinical trial (RCT), the process of deciding the randomization method and implementing is critically important. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for problems to arise. In an article (Downs et al 2010 1), it is noted that as well as initial errors of trial design, problems can arise from errors with programming of the randomization or even human error during the course of the trial. Maintaining the rigor of the RCT relies on robust and reliable randomization with no errors. If treatment allocation is inadequately concealed then overestimation of treatment effect can occur, and the ‘randomized’ control trial becomes effectively ‘non-randomized’ – putting the entire study at risk (2).

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Topics: Clinical Research Services, biostatistics, randomization


The Data Management Plan Takes Center Stage- why is it so important?

Posted by Cytel

Mar 15, 2017 8:51:00 AM

 

A precise and thorough approach to planning is key for success in data management.

The Data Management Plan (DMP) is a critical document in any data management project. It outlines all of the data management work to be done, the timelines and milestones to be achieved, as well as the outputs to be produced. The DMP lets all of the stakeholders know what to expect, how to expect it and when to expect it.

The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM)‘s publication, Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP) (1), provides a complete chapter on Data Management Plans. (The GCDMP is available, even to non-members of the society, at their webpage).   It is important to note that while DMPs are not regulated documents, they are in fact so commonly used across the industry they have become auditable, and therefore scrupulously close attention needs to paid to getting them right.

We outline 4 key points to bear in mind when creating or reviewing a Data Management plan.

Use a Standard Template for Consistency 

To a great extent, the DMP can, and should be standardized across projects for a consistent approach. When using a centralized biometrics model, where data services( data management, statistics, statistical programming) are conducted by a single provider, the development of such standard documents can represent an efficiency in the study set up, and also reduce the oversight burden for the sponsor.  Indeed, for any trial project, a robust Data Management Plan template provides a solid starting point.   One of the important challenges facing industry professionals today is the increasing complexity of clinical trials, and as such, great care needs to be taken to ensure the DMP accurately documents what actions will be taken with the trial data.  Having a highly experienced data management team working on your project, with a track record of implementing innovative and complex trial designs, therefore, becomes increasingly important in this environment. 

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Topics: Data Management, Clinical Research Services, outsourcing, Clinical Data, data manager


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


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