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

A Year in the Life of a Software Trainer

March 27, 2018

 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, our Hrishikesh Kulkarni takes us on a tour of his life as a Cytel software trainer and answers some frequently asked questions about how East training sessions work in practice.

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Best Sample Size Calculators for iPhone

March 6, 2018


Photo by Dose Media on Unsplash

By Charles Liu, Senior Product Manager, Cytel

Several years ago, I was one of few Luddites in my social circle still using a “dumb” phone. Other than calls, and (text only!) messaging, it had no other functionality. Once I made the switch, a whole new magical world unveiled itself. With the tap of a button, I could read my email, listen to a podcast, find a nearby restaurant, order a cab, snap a photo, and so on. What was once considered science fiction seems an indispensable part of life today.

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6 Innovative Trial Design Videos

January 26, 2018

The  Cytel YouTube Channel hosts a wealth of video presentations from Cytel experts as well as external industry and academic speakers about various aspects of clinical trial designs and their implementation.  In this blog, we've gathered 6 popular resources from the channel on topics from quantitative decision-making through to overcoming challenges in management of oncology trials. Read on to learn more and access the videos. 

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Slides: East User Group Meeting and Trial Design Symposium

December 4, 2017


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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Join us for the East Symposium and User Group Meeting

June 26, 2017

Since 2011 we have been celebrating Cytel's birthdays by holding an East Annual Symposium and User Group Meeting ( EUGM), alternating locations between Europe and the United States. Our keynote speakers have featured some of the industry's most eminent biostatistics thought leaders including Stuart Pocock, Dave DeMets, Chris Jennison, Sue Todd, and Franz Koenig.  Each annual event has been a great success with a  mix of scientific presentations, animated discussion, round tables and pre-conference software workshops. 

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Case studies:Learning from less-well understood adaptive designs

September 29, 2016

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

September 9, 2016

 

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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An Introduction to BLRM

August 31, 2016

Traditional rule-based approaches to dose escalation such as 3+3 are widely used in early clinical development. They can be appealing due to the simplicity of execution. However, estimates produced may be highly variable and the targeting of true Maximum Tolerated Dose may be poor.  Bayesian dose escalation approaches in early phase trials can offer an effective alternative to determining the maximum tolerable dose of a new drug more quickly, as well as ensuring that all of the information available to trial clinicians is taken into account so that the patients enrolled in the trial receive the best possible treatment.

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