While virtual biotechs and the service providers that support them have been around for years, Transcriptic and rival West Coast startups think they can improve the model through automation. And having raised cash from Google's venture unit and struck deals with some elite academic centers, Transcriptic is now rolling out the next phase of its plan.
This week a German team presented data from a database analysis study that found a link between a diabetes drug and a slight dip in the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
If the Michigan-based company--which describes itself as "Match.com for clinical trials"--achieves its goal, it will have doubled the number of top-5 companies on its books.
While PhRMA, EFPIA and other trade groups have established positions on trial data transparency, Big Pharma consortium TransCelerate BioPharma has been on the periphery of the public debate. Behind the scenes though it has been looking into the best way to redact information--and has shared its thoughts on the topic with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The controversy surrounding the European Medicines Agency's trial data transparency draft terms put this week's management board meeting in the spotlight, with campaigners hoping the regulator would rethink its policy. And to an extent, the EMA did, but the compromise it proposed is unlikely to fully satisfy either side of the debate.
Cambridge Cognition has introduced two iPad-based products for use in clinical trials.
The potential cost savings generated by risk-based monitoring of clinical trials has led some to tip it as a way to significantly streamline pharma's flabby studies. And that potential has lured tech providers, with Medidata and Parexel both advancing their claims on the market this week.
When European politicians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a clinical research data sharing law last month, it looked like a big step forward for transparency campaigners. Yet just weeks later researchers have raised concerns that the European Medicines Agency is already trying to lessen the impact of the legislation.
Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim outlined plans to increase access to their clinical trial data.
Trial investigator network DrugDev bought CFS Clinical in October to expand its offerings. Eight months later DrugDev has made its second deal, with the focus shifting to adding the "technological glue" that will tie its acquired tools together.