The Cytel blog keeps you up to speed with the latest developments in biostatistics and clinical biometrics.

Weekly Updates from the COVID-19 Trial Tracker (June 12)

June 13, 2020

The Cytel COVID-19 Trial Tracker continues to bring you an up to the minute, real time dashboard about COVID-19 trials around the world. Here are a few updates from this week.

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Adaptive Bayesian Methods: The Secret Weapon in COVID-19 Vaccine Development

June 11, 2020

A recent Cytel panel led by Vice President of Strategic Consulting Natalia Muhlemann evaluated the role that Bayesian methods played in development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The wide-ranging discussion covered the structure and utility of platform trials and the role of master protocols in infectious disease vaccines development, but also addressed the importance of adaptive Bayesian methods in the search for COVID-19 therapies.

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Webinar: Group Sequential Designs and Sample Size Re-estimation

June 10, 2020

Cytel is conducting a webinar series that introduces biostatisticians to some of the more commonly used complex innovative trial designs. Our second webinar from this series was held on June 3, 2020, with Professor Christopher Jennison. Professor Jennison spoke about the modern uses of Group Sequential Designs and Sample Size Re-estimation. Group Sequential Designs were one of the earliest deviations from a traditional two-arm clinical trial with no interim looks at the data. They still add amazing value to trials through their abilities to safeguard patients, reach positive conclusions early and keep trial designs simple and streamlined. Sample Size Re-estimation is another key tool in the modern trial designer’s toolkit.

Cytel also did an interview with Professor Jennison where he spoke to us about these methods, their origin and how they add value to the industry. Continue reading this blog for a summary of the webinar. Click on the button below to access the webinar replay and download the presentation slides.

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Trevor Mundel, President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on COVID-19 and the Future of Drug Development in Emerging Economies

June 9, 2020

Trevor Mundel leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to develop high-impact interventions against the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. During a Cytel panel on the COVID-19 response, Trevor reflects on the complexities of data management, forecasting, dose-finding, recruitment and retention, when responding to a global pandemic.

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New Primer and Ebook on Synthetic Control Arms

June 8, 2020

Cytel has recently published a new ebook on synthetic control arms, and a new scientific primer as well.

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COVID-19 Weekly Brief

June 4, 2020

This weekly snapshot gives you a quick briefing on the state of COVID-19 therapy and vaccines development. As we head into June, nearly 1500 trials have been registered and over 100,000 patients have been recruited into said trials.

Here is what you need to know:

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Webinar: Innovative Drug Development at a Glance

June 1, 2020

In a recent interview with Cytel, Zoran Antonijevic, longstanding chair and leader of the DIA Adaptive Design Scientific Working Group, spoke about adaptive design methods. He gave us insights on how these methods can help achieve new levels of clinical trial efficiency and probability of success.

Cytel is conducting a webinar series that introduces biostatisticians to some of the more commonly used complex innovative trial designs. On May 20, 2020, Zoran Antonijevic joined us as a speaker at a webinar from this series, “Innovative Drug Development at a Glance - The Concepts, The Vision, & The Factors to Consider”. In the webinar, Zoran defines complex innovative trial designs, summarizes the potential benefits of each, and highlights key factors to consider when applying these techniques. Continue reading this blog for a summary of the webinar. Click the button to get free access to the webinar slides and recording.

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Updates from the Trial Tracker: The State of COVID-19 Development (May 2020)

May 29, 2020

At the close of May 2020, we have about 500 new trials globally but trends in trial design and choice of therapies tested have largely remained the same. The state of Vaccine Trials though has changed in both number and trial design.

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COVID-19 Response: New Opportunities & Implications for the Future of Drug Development in Emerging Economies – Q&A with James Orbinski on Global Health Policy

May 28, 2020

On May 7, Cytel and Certara conducted a virtual panel discussion on new opportunities and implications for the future of drug development in emerging economies. The speakers included highly acclaimed key opinion leaders and industry experts who spoke about new sources of research funding being channeled towards emerging economies and the need to understand its strategic priorities to properly assess future opportunities for growth.

Our first panelist, James Orbinski is a professor at York University's Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. James is an experienced medical doctor, a humanitarian practitioner, a best-selling author and a leading scholar in global health. After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Dr. Orbinski was elected MSF’s international president from 1998 to 2001. He launched its Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in 1999, and in that same year accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF. Our moderator from Cytel, Principal Scientist, Edward Mills began the virtual panel discussion by asking James a series of pertinent questions on the issues around the current pandemic. Continue reading this post for the Q&A.

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