Earlier this year, three members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R.1234, the Domestic Research Enhancement Act of 2017. The partisan legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, enabling CROs to claim a portion of the Research & Development Tax Credit for qualified research conducted in the United States. Currently, pharmaceutical and biotech (sponsor) companies that outsource clinical research projects only claim 65 percent of the R&D tax credit.
In 2014, TransCelerate BioPharma launched an initiative dedicated to creating a common protocol template (CPT), with a vision of addressing the increasing complexity of clinical trial protocol development and supporting the pursuit of protocol quality through a practical, harmonized and adoptable approach. Several weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a final version of its own common protocol template — noting that it was in alignment with TransCelerate’s CPT, specifically, the new enhanced technology-enabled edition. They, like TransCelerate, recognized that the clinical trial protocol deserved renewed attention and modernization.
In the ongoing battle to cut costs while delivering quality and technically sound product, the biotech industry has spent the past two decades gradually moving toward single-use pre-sterilized plastic equipment for both clinical batch and, where applicable, production scale manufacturing. Single-use process equipment can be used and then disposed of, eliminating the development time to validate the sterilization and in-facility sterilization downtime, as well as development time to qualify and verify the cleaning and commensurate cleaning downtime.
According to the 2016 California Workforce Trends in the Life Science Industry, there were 16,000 statewide life science job postings during the calendar year; 2,732 of those jobs related to clinical trials. In 2015, over 85 percent of life science positions required a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Hiring managers expect the strong demand for talent to continue until 2018.
Inadequate communication between the consultant and the client, especially at the initial engagement phase, is often not taken seriously enough or addressed sufficiently on both sides.
As someone who obsesses about root cause analyses, I have naturally been thinking about the primary root causes for why we seem to have lost focus and interest in the sites and what we can do about it.
How has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to the increasing interest in patient diversity in clinical trials?