2018 East User Group Meeting Addresses Multiplicity Themes, with keynotes including Stephen Senn and Meinhard Keiser.

Posted by Cytel

Aug 15, 2018 6:08:00 AM

 

Cytel’s 7th East User Group Meeting (EUGM) will take place on November 14 & 15, 2018 at Merck in Darmstadt, Germany, bringing together industry experts, thought leaders and applied statisticians to discuss the future of clinical trials.

The agenda has been developed collaboratively by the EUGM Scientific Committee, and keynote speakers will include Stephen Senn, Meinhard Kieser, Thomas Burnett, Robert Greene and Simon Kirby.

In this blog, we took the opportunity to talk to one of the speakers, Thomas Burnett, Senior Research Associate in Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics at Lancaster University, about his presentation topic “Bayesian Optimization of Enrichment Designs” and his perspectives on what EUGM delegates will be able to take away from his talk.

Cytel: What sparked your interest in the topic of Bayesian Optimization of Enrichment designs? 

Thomas Burnett (TB): My PhD Thesis “Bayesian Decision Making in Adaptive Clinical Trials” was focused on the optimization of Adaptive Enrichment trials and evaluating their overall performance in comparison to fixed sampling methods, I found it such an interesting topic that it has continued to be part of my work.

 Cytel: Why is this an important topic?

TB: The drive for efficiency in clinical trial design is clear from both a patient and sponsor perspective and enrichment designs can offer that under the right circumstances, however it is also important to understand when and how they may offer a benefit. The Bayesian decision framework not only allows us to optimize the adaptive trials, but also make performance comparisons between competing designs to understand which is most suitable under a given scenario.

Cytel: What can those who hear the talk expect to take away?
TB: I hope the delegates will gain an understanding of how to construct Bayes optimal Adaptive Enrichment trials and insight into when these designs may be helpful to them (or at least knowledge on how to efficiently assess this for a particular trial).

 

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EUGM Insights

The EUGM offers a unique perspective on clinical trials by combining methodological and practical scientific talks with the ability to gain hands-on training with East software.

Day 1 is the Innovations in Clinical Trials Symposium and this year’s overarching theme is Multiplicity.
This day’s sessions will open with a keynote talk from Stephen Senn “70 Years Old and Still Here”, followed by a range of presentations covering hot topics like: “The Randomized Clinical Trial and its Critics: Selection Bias from Picking Treatments Only with Phase 2 Trials” and “Multiplicity Issues in Decision Making”.

Day 2 is a hands on East training day – participants will benefit from practical training in Cytel's East software, with the unveiling of three new features: Population Enrichment, Program Simulation and MCPMod (Design and Analysis).

 

References 

1) John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Statist. Med. 2017, 36 4423–4426

 

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Topics: East, Bayesian Methods, Trial Design, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Adaptive Clinical Trials, phase 2, Simulations, adaptive designs


Unveiling New East 6.5 Modules: Join Our Webinar

Posted by Cytel

Jul 3, 2018 4:15:47 AM

 

 It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Cytel’s software development team with a number of upgrades and planned launches across our range of tools. (Watch this space for announcements soon on new quantitative decision-making software OK GO and an upgrade to EnForeSys). East, our industry leading platform for clinical trial design, simulation, and monitoring will be unveiling version 6.5 in the Fall, and delegates at the PSI conference in early June had the chance to grab a sneak peek of the new functionality in one to one demos.

We’ll also be opening the hood on the new design capabilities you can expect in East 6.5 at a complimentary webinar on Wednesday July 18, 11:00AM - 12:00 US EDT (16:00 UK, 17:00 EU).

Our presenters Pantelis Vlachos and Charles Liu, will introduce the 3 new available modules and share their insights on the supporting methodologies and their practical applications. New developments in the East software are typically derived from two sources: our team’s interaction with our customers, particularly during East training; and from our consulting practice when we help clients design their trials.

The new modules in East 6.5 include:
MCPMod (design with Multiple Comparisons Procedures)

MCPMod allows you to measure the likelihood that particular dose-response curves are the right mathematical model for a given set of data. East MCPMod will allow designing a trial using optimal allocation and then analyze the trial data using various dose/model selection criteria resulting
into a solid base (target dose) for the next phase confirmatory trial.

Population Enrichment (Adaptive designs)

An adaptive enrichment design allows the full population is segmented during interim analyses. Recently, we worked with TRACON Pharmaceuticals to design their TAPPAS trial that incorporated a population enrichment component to help overcome the potential heterogeneity of treatment effect between subpopulations for an angiosarcoma design.

Program-Level Design
It is important to take a strategic approach to clinical development to minimize the potential for Phase 3 attrition. This new module will help users apply simulations to optimize their clinical trial programs.
Click the button below to secure your place at the webinar. 

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Topics: East, Trial Design, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Adaptive Clinical Trials, phase 2, Simulations


Maximizing Preclinical Knowledge for Optimal R&D

Posted by Cytel

Apr 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

 

By Esha Senchaudhuri

In response to its R&D productivity from 2005 – 2010, AstraZeneca took the initiative in 2011 to implement what it has called the 5R Framework to strengthen its capabilities. In a Perspectives article from Nature Reviews Drug Discovery [1], Paul Morgan and his team provided complex details about the success of this framework from the perspective of every stage of drug development. Between 2005 and 2010, AstraZeneca was behind industry averages in every phase of clinical development except Phase 1.  After the implementation of 5R, AstraZeneca success rates improved substantially. Indeed, it was announced by IDEA Pharma in March 2018 that AstraZeneca had topped its 2018 innovation index.  Here we examine to what Morgan et al, attribute AstraZeneca’s  success.  

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Topics: Program and Portfolio Optimization, clinical development, quantitative decision-making


Webinar Replay: Phase 2 Trial Designs using Program-level Simulations

Posted by Cytel

Oct 18, 2017 11:03:00 AM

 

Cytel's new Trial Innovations Webinar Series provides a platform for the most promising new statistical approaches helping to bridge the gap from methodology to implementation. Ultimately, our goal is to enable our audience to improve their chances of success in clinical development.

The series got underway in August with a webinar on ‘Phase 2 Trial Designs using Program-level Simulations, and Possible Adaptive Approaches’.

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Topics: Trial Design, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Adaptive Clinical Trials, phase 2, Simulations


What's the price of pharma innovation?

Posted by Cytel

Apr 5, 2016 4:00:00 PM

 

 

Cost of pharmaceutical development and R&D productivity is an ongoing industry concern, consistently discussed in the mainstream and specialist press.  The issue is held in delicate balance against the increasing pressure on pharmaceutical pricing and cost containment measures.

A study by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development published earlier this year in the Journal of Health Economics (1) provides new estimates of R&D costs, building on previous work in the area.

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Topics: Phase 1, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Phase 3, phase 2, go-no-go, clinical development


How to Shorten a Cardiovascular Outcome Trial By Two Years

Posted by Esha Senchaudhuri

Feb 10, 2015 5:28:00 PM

Cardiovascular outcome trials (CVOTs) have earned the reputation of being the untamable behemoths of the clinical world. Needless to say these trials are long and require extremely large sample-sizes. The Contrave LIGHT study required 8900 patients. The SAVOR TIMI trial enrolled 16,492 patients. Even the EXAMINE trial, which benefited from a promising zone design, required 650 patients. 

However, since the explosive controversy over the FDA’s conditional approval of anti-obesity drug Contrave four years ago, there is much we have learned about how to make these trials shorter while also diminishing the financial risks of investing in them. For example, one of our clients managed to shorten the expected study length of an a CVOT by two years using a four point MACE Assessment (see below). 

In this post, we explore some of the lessons we have learned when designing these large-scale clinical trials.  

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Topics: Cyrus Mehta, Promising Zone, Cytel Strategic Consulting, Interim Analyses, Program and Portfolio Optimization, Cardiovascular, Clinical Development Strategy, Adaptive Clinical Trials


5 Scenarios When ‘Keep it Simple’ May Be Bad Advice for Clinical Trial Designers

Posted by Esha Senchaudhuri

Sep 18, 2014 10:44:00 AM

When designing clinical trials, many trial designers are advised to keep the trial simple. Prima facie, the keep it simple principle seems like sound advice. There are various logistical uncertainties that arise when implementing a clinical trial, and the more simple a trial – so conventional wisdom says – the easier it is to respond to these uncertainties.

According to Zoran Antonijevic, a Senior Director at Cytel Consulting, there is reason to doubt such conventional wisdom. After all, flexibility is hardly a virtue of a traditional trial design. Simple designs may seem to make it easier to monitor data and report results. However, a flexible design can better address remaining uncertainties in product development. These uncertainties are related to treatment effect, dose selection, or a sub-population that would experience the best benefit/risk from the treatment.

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Topics: Oncology, Promising Zone, sample size re-estimation, Enrichment, Cytel Consulting, Efficacy, Interim Analyses, forecasting, optimization, Program and Portfolio Optimization, R&D, Adaptive Clinical Trials


Impact of Study Design and Development Strategy on Pharmaceutical Programs and Portfolios

Posted by Esha Senchaudhuri

Sep 2, 2014 11:19:00 AM

As more clinical trials make use of adaptive designs, investors have come to realize that high quality trial designs can result in significant improvements to a trial’s financial risk profile. Regardless of a trial’s eventual success or failure, a well-constructed design provides a drug with the highest possible probability of success while mitigating financial risk.

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Topics: Nitin Patel, Cyrus Mehta, Promising Zone, Trial Quality, Cytel Strategic Consulting, Trial Design, Entrepreneurship, Program and Portfolio Optimization, R&D, Adaptive Clinical Trials


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