Creating a Common Language: Forging Statistical and Clinical Collaborations

Posted by Paul Terrill

Dec 5, 2018 7:37:00 AM

 

In this blog, Paul Terrill, Director of Strategic Consulting at Cytel outlines his blueprint for ensuring smooth communication between statistical and clinical stakeholders. Paul draws upon his 20 years of experience working as a statistician and his training background to share his guidelines for success. Whether you are a statistician looking to hone your project communication skills, or a...

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Topics: clinical research, clinical trials, SDTM, biostatistics, Cytel Strategic Consulting, clinical development


Can Statisticians Contribute to Enhance the Position of Patients in Clinical Trials?

Posted by Cytel

Nov 12, 2018 8:04:00 AM

 

In this blog, we talk with Robert Greene, Founder and President of the HungerNDThirst Foundation, about his upcoming presentation at Cytel’s East User Group Meeting on 14th and 15th November at Merck in Darmstadt, Germany. Robert will bring a fresh perspective to the discussion of the role statisticians can play in enhancing the position of patients in clinical trials. Patient-centricity is a...

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Topics: Adaptive Clinical Trials, Trial Design, phase 2, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Simulations, East, adaptive designs, Bayesian Methods, Phase I, biostatistics, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, randomization, patientricity


Incorporating patient preferences and values into risk-benefit calculations opens new horizons

Posted by Cytel

Oct 26, 2018 8:59:00 AM

 

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Topics: clinical research, clinical trials, clinical development, biostatistics, patientricity


Selection Bias for Treatments with Positive Phase 2 Results with Simon Kirby

Posted by Cytel

Oct 18, 2018 11:09:00 AM

 

In this blog, we talk with Simon Kirby, former Senior Director at Pfizer, about his upcoming presentation at Cytel’s East User Group Meeting on 14th and 15th November at Merck Darmstadt, in Germany. Simon will address the topic of Selection Bias for Treatments with Positive Phase 2 Results and in this blog he explains why this is a key topic of particular relevance for pharmaceutical companies...

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Topics: Adaptive Clinical Trials, Trial Design, phase 2, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Simulations, East, adaptive designs, Bayesian Methods, Phase I, go-no-go, biostatistics, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, randomization


Interview with Stephen Senn: 70 Years and Still Here: The Randomized Clinical Trial and its Critics

Posted by Cytel

Oct 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM

 

We are delighted that Stephen Senn will be joining us at the EUGM on November 14th and 15th in Darmstadt, Germany. In this blog, we sit down for a discussion with Stephen about his career in statistics, his advice for early career statisticians, his upcoming research, and the topic of his presentation at the East User Group Meeting “70 Years Old and Still Here: the Randomized Clinical Trial...

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Topics: Adaptive Clinical Trials, Trial Design, phase 2, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Simulations, East, adaptive designs, Bayesian Methods, Phase I, go-no-go, biostatistics, Statistical Innovations in Clinical Development, randomization


Career Perspectives: Interview with Adam Hamm, Director of Biostatistics

Posted by Cytel

Sep 20, 2018 1:04:00 PM

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 Adam who lives in North Carolina United States to find out more about his career path, achievements, current role at Cytel and his interests outside of work.

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Topics: Statistical Analysis, careers, clinical research, Statistical Programming, CRO, Recruitment, Cytel Strategic Consulting, biostatistics, adaptive designs, Adaptive Clinical Trials, clinical trials, Regulation


Novel immunotherapies lean on old methods (or how to teach your dragon old tricks)

Posted by Natasa Rajicic

Sep 17, 2018 5:25:00 AM

 

Immunotherapy has brought us many promises, most notably, of a future where humans are able to harness their body’s own ability to protect them from illness. Immuno-oncology (IO) may be the ultimate frontier of that future reality, with a promise of being able to help our bodies deflect or cure us of any malignancies. Today, these therapies include cell therapies, cancer vaccine, and...

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Topics: Oncology, immunotherapy, biostatistics


Could data science be about to revolutionize the regulatory approval of new drugs?

Posted by Cytel

Sep 10, 2018 6:52:00 AM

 

The biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries now collect more data than ever before due to advances in the variety of information sources combined with the ability to store vast quantities of diverse data. Sophisticated machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques allow us to accessand analyze any combination of a multitude of data sources. The way that traditional...

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Topics: biostatistics, data science, real world evidence


Opportunities of FDA’s Complex Innovative Trial Design Pilot Meeting Program

Posted by Cytel

Sep 7, 2018 9:55:00 AM

 

On August 29th 2018, the FDA announced (1) that it would be establishing a Complex Innovative Trial Design (CID) Pilot Meeting Program. This follows the release earlier in August of a draft guidance (2) to help advance effective and innovative clinical trial designs early in drug development that can expedite new cancer therapies.

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Topics: biostatistics, adaptive trials, adaptive sample size re-estimation, Seamless designs, FDA, Oncology


Highlights from the JSM 2018 Conference

Posted by Cytel

Aug 31, 2018 11:32:00 AM

 

JSM 2018, ASA’s annual gathering of over 6500 attendees attracted statisticians and data scientists to the beautiful city of Vancouver on July 28 – August 2. The conference offers a one of a kind opportunity for statisticians to exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. In this blog, we will provide access to our team's slide decks from the event, as well as some of their...

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Topics: biostatistics, adaptive designs, data science, Bayesian, careers


Career Perspectives: Interview with Meredith Alm, Manager, QA Compliance

Posted by Cytel

Aug 23, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Cytel has grown significantly over the last 30 years, with operations across North America, Europe, and India. All of our processes, talent, and expertise are applied to maximizing the value of clinical data. At Cytel, quality comes first, and our QA team are committed to ensuring processes are in place to support our services.

In this blog we talk to Meredith who lives in Somerville,...

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Topics: Statistical Analysis, careers, clinical research, Statistical Programming, CRO, Recruitment, Cytel Strategic Consulting, biostatistics, adaptive designs, Adaptive Clinical Trials, clinical trials, Regulation, Trial Quality


Career Perspectives: Interview with Sam Hsiao, Associate Director, Strategic Consulting

Posted by Cytel

Jul 24, 2018 6:29:00 AM

At Cytel our strategic consulting team works on a wide range of projects including: Identifying the best clinical trial design, implementing adaptive designs, developing a regulatory strategy and interacting with regulators.

In this blog we talk to Sam who lives in the Boston area, to find out more about his career path, current role at Cytel, industry experience and his interests outside of...

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


Highlights from the PSI 2018 Conference

Posted by Cytel

Jul 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A number of the Cytel team were in Amsterdam, 3rd- 6th June 2018 for the PSI Conference. This year’s conference was held at the magnificent Beurs Van Berlage, a venue full of history and interesting architectural features. We took the opportunity to give delegates a first look at OK GO, our new clinical trial Go/No-Go decision-making software in this magnificent setting.

In this blog, we'll...

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Topics: biostatistics, adaptive designs, PSI Conference, Clinical Data, Adaptive Clinical Trials, data science, estimands, Bayesian


5 Reasons to Integrate Model-Based Meta-Analyses (MBMA) Into Your Clinical Development Strategy

Posted by Cytel

May 31, 2018 3:48:00 PM

By Esha Senchaudhuri

An important trend in clinical development involves integrating strategic pharmacometric analysis with program level decision-making, to make the most use of available data. This can occur in various forms, from leveraging preclinical data for go-no-go decision making [1], to the need for improved comparative effectiveness frameworks [2].

Here we have five reasons why you...

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Topics: biostatistics, pharmacometrics, pharmacology, meta-analysis, quantitative decision-making


Addressing Critical Unmet Oncology Needs in the Era of Precision Medicine

Posted by Cytel

May 23, 2018 12:21:00 PM

 

 

Our Industry Voices series showcases our clients’ innovative work and breakthrough therapeutics in oncologic indications and other critical areas of medical unmet need.

In this article, we sit down with Charles Theuer, M.D., CEO of TRACON Pharmaceuticals to discusshis work, his views on the key advancements in oncology development, the unmet needs yet to be overcome, and the importance of...

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


Rewriting the oncology textbook with cell-based immunotherapies

Posted by Cytel

May 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Our Industry Voices series showcases our clients’ innovative work and breakthrough therapeutics in oncologic indications and other critical areas of medical unmet need.

In this article, we are delighted to share an interview with Kurt Gunter, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Cell Medica in which he discusses his work, his views on the key advancements in oncology development, the unmet needs...

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


Innovative Oncology Trial Designs in Practice

Posted by Cytel

May 9, 2018 10:22:00 AM

As we prepare to head to ASCO in under a month's time, we are pleased to share a new ebook that showcases some key applications of innovative trial designs in the oncology development space.

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


Breaking Boundaries in Drug Development at PSI

Posted by Cytel

May 2, 2018 5:07:00 AM

PSI is a global member organization dedicated to leading and promoting best practice and industry initiatives for statisticians in the biopharmaceutical industry. The PSI annual conference is going from strength to strength, attracting increasing numbers of delegates from Europe and beyond. With the 2018 conference taking place in Amsterdam in only a month’s time, we took the opportunity to...

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Topics: biostatistics, data science, quantitative decision-making


Developing the Next Generation of Skills for Statistical Programmers

Posted by Cytel

Apr 18, 2018 6:09:00 AM

Our recent Clinical Biometrics Survey explored the views of respondents from across the statistical programming, biostatistics, and data management functions to learn their top challenges, and most important perceived industry trends and skills development. In this blog, our Ajay Sathe gives his perspectives on the key areas of personal and knowledge development that he believes statistical...

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Topics: Statistical Programming, SAS, R language, clinical data management, biostatistics


Clinical Biometrics Survey Reveals Industry Challenges and Trends

Posted by Cytel

Mar 29, 2018 8:44:00 AM

 

To mark the occasion of our 30th anniversary, in late 2017 we conducted a brief survey to gain a snapshot of what professionals in data management, statistical programming, and biostatistics feel are the key challenges facing their functions, the top areas for skills development, and the clinical data areas they believe are likely to have the greatest impact on drug development.

We are now...

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Topics: SAS, Statistical Programming, clinical data management, Biometrics, biostatistics


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