A range of factors — including small patient populations, complex manufacturing processes, and lack of specialized expertise — are positioned to both drive up costs and require new options for stakeholder engagement and risk sharing along the development pathway. New approaches in development are needed to support the next generation of novel drugs on the horizon.
Much of the focus these days, especially after the release of ICH E6(R2), has been on how Sponsors can better monitor and oversee the performance of their CRO partners. This discussion, and resulting effort, around CRO oversight is worthwhile and useful, but too often it is narrowly focused on metrics. A holistic approach to successfully partnering with CROs is needed, starting with the initial assessment of outsourcing drivers all the way through to trial completion.
The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions recently interviewed 43 biopharmaceutical industry stakeholders to explore where the industry sees value and opportunities for using digital technologies in the clinical development process; understand reasons behind the relatively slow pace of digital adoption; and uncover strategies to overcome barriers and accelerate the use of digital in clinical trials. This is the first of two articles that shares interview findings and insights published in the new Deloitte Center for Health Solutions report Digital R&D: Transforming the future of clinical development.
The industry will see a mixture of new emerging trends and an evolution of historical trends heavily influenced by technology innovation and AI. The next year promises to be an exciting one that will strengthen the position of some existing leaders and elevate some new companies focused on building forward-looking platforms that will deliver future innovation and growth.
FDA officials and leaders in the pharma and medical device spaces agree artificial intelligence (AI) tools could enable a step change in quality management in those industries. Areas that could be impacted include supply chain management, lot release, manufacturing, compliance operations, clinical trial end points, and drug discovery, among others.
This article emphasizes the importance of implementing a regular routine maintenance schedule for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) equipment, so problem areas associated with instrumental components that are most susceptible to sample blockage, drift, and signal instability can be avoided.
With several first-in-class gene therapies now approved, distinct new challenges are now coming into focus. This article provides a high-level overview of the gene therapy pipeline for non-oncology rare diseases and discuss key issues impacting clinical development.
Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain technology, predictive analytics, cloud computing, and speech and image recognition are the latest buzzwords across industries. Numerous companies are looking to inject these technologies into their operations, and a great deal of funding is pouring into related startups.
What is the cost of a failed partnership between a pharma company and its CROs? Is it financial? Research and development time?
Over the past year, sweeping regulatory reforms have been introduced in China with the aim of encouraging innovation and reducing regulatory burden on the life sciences industry. The breadth of these reforms spreads across multiple stages of the drug development life cycle.