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Pharma Banks On Greenphire

November 14, 2011

Since time immemorial, sponsor firms have chosen software. Then it gets introduced, so to speak, to the throats of research sites. Sometimes principal investigators and clinical research associates (CRAs) like the technologies they are obliged to use. Sometimes they just use them. So it is remarkable that Greenphire has industry-savvy research sites knocking on its door with no mandate or funding from sponsors. Ten major academic medical centers (AMC) and a hundred independent clinical sites have called Greenphire and said, more or less, "we'd like to pay for your services with our own money." In a context of industry-sponsored trials, that's unheard of. Even small, independent Phase I units have taken the initiative to seek out Greenphire's solution and buy it on their own. Unified Approach ClinPage wrote about Greenphire more than two years ago, but the company's services and operations have since expanded. It launched a full-featured system to handle…more...

Electronic Patient Outreach

Online Ads For Clinical Sites

August 19, 2011

One way to view the media landscape in 2011 is as a society-wide clinical trial for attention-deficit disorder in which 90 percent of the U.S. population has voluntarily enrolled. Working, walking,…more...

The Digital Divide

When Sites Stumble, Soar

June 22, 2011

When it comes to finding patients, the clinical site universe is starkly partitioned. Perhaps one clinical site in twenty is superb, reaching difficult patient recruitment goals. Such sites make industry-sponsored research…more...

Intralinks Survey

With Paper, Site Pain

June 15, 2011

In a new survey of 598 investigator site personnel, there is an unhappy snapshot of the most oppressed and disgruntled segment of the clinical trial workforce. According to the survey, clinical…more...

Clinical Lockbox

Faster Trial Documents

November 24, 2010

IntraLinks is a document management firm with a focus on financial services and life sciences—regulated industries that move around electronic and cellulose-based forms. The New York City company is betting that some forward-looking research organizations will want to manage documents in the cloud. Last week, IntraLinks announced tweaks to an existing product that make it, for lack…more...

FDA Plea

Next Big Things from Nextrials

November 22, 2010

Nextrials is a small but visionary San Francisco-based electronic data capture (EDC) firm. It had some ideas that took competitors years to duplicate. Nextrials offered built-in patient randomization, drug supply and adverse-event reporting years ago. We last wrote about the firm here. When we recently checked in with Nextrials' president, founder and CEO Jim Rogers, he said…more...

High Throughput Screening

Kiosks For Urban Recruitment

July 23, 2010

The recruitment of minority patients is hard under any circumstances. But finding research subjects for conditions with a social stigma is especially difficult. Barbara Gladson is director of the biopharma educational initiative at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She gave a fascinating presentation on her work at the 2010 annual Drug Information…more...

Part Two

Site Pain With EDC

July 09, 2010

Investigator sites accept the need for technology like electronic data capture (EDC). But they remain puzzled about why some problematic EDC solutions are selected by clinical trial sponsor firms that seem indifferent to the operational problems created by such systems. “Sponsors and CROs really need to think about this,” says Christine Pierre, CEO of the 16-year-old site…more...

Part One


Why electronic data capture has lead to simmering resentment at clinical sites.

Cross Indemnification

Why It’s Your Fault

A harmless-looking legal concept—cross indemnification—could hurt sites.

Not An SMO

AMR: An 18-Site Alliance

The Alliance for Multispecialty Research is a large-scale, collegial and independently owned site network.

Site Profile

Veterans-Centric Research

Veterans like to participate in clinical trials, and a top California site knows how to ask.

Site Aid

Patient Debit Cards

Frustrated with checks, one site has turned to rechargeable debit cards from Payoneer.

Survey Data

Site Solutions Summit

An annual conference enables clinical site leaders to compare notes and share business practices.

Thin The Herd

On Raising The Bar

Norman Goldfarb discusses recent industry trends and his upcoming conference in Boston in May.

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