For many americans, chemicals such as CBD are accessible but there is still a need to investigate the effects of such substances. A biotech CEO explains why sponsors are interested in continuing research for substances such as CBD. Once adequate research is conducted, drug representatives may promote the new medication on behalf of the sponsors.
Gaps in a person's CV can have negative consequences and can even prevent companies from hiring interested candidates. One way to circumvent this problem is to fill those gaps in with a contractor title. Doing so opens the door for unemployed individuals to provide QA services to research sites.
Oncology research can be one of the most challenging forms of research. Aside from being challenging it can also be extremely expensive to run these studies which are often in need for large number of patients in order to have adequate statistical power. Furthermore, as Dr. Hoffman suggests, there is a high demand for oncologists due to the misconception that the cost for research is too high.
As the year continues to gain momentum it is important for sites to start preparing. Doing so will help prevent problems such as poor communication which can be solved through a variety of ways including newsletters or through regular meetings. Of course, even after preparing for a busy year, sites must be able to constantly change priorities and address whatever problems that arise.
Many people are still unsure about what Risk Based Monitoring is. Risk Based Monitoring is simply a strategy for determining which areas of a trial to fucus through the use of analytics. It is a strategy that can actually be used in combination with traditional and remote monitoring.
The biggest priority for the year 2018 will be recruiting patients, primarily because of the high number of studies that are expected to occur. Marketing one's site through a strong online presence can be accomplished through various digital platforms and will provide one of the most effective sources of patient recruitment. Sites who are wise enough to market themselves through digital media will not have to worry about IRB approval as long as the focus of the ads is on the site and not any particular study.
There is no one way to meet physicians for your research site. One of the common and most effective ways to add a new physician is to compile database of local physicians then network with them. Another tool for obtaining new physicians is cms.gov/open payments which can provide information about local physicians.
Job recruiters have a unique view in the hiring process where they are constantly viewing profiles on platforms such as LinkedIn and following people as they enter the job market. One of the greatest challenges that recruiters have observed is that many people are still learning how to market themselves and highlighting valuable experience. Prospective employers don't know what kind of value they can receive from candidates, so they must take subtle hints such as follow up emails into consideration before making a final determination.
Employee retention can become problematic when an industry is very active. Even in that type of environment certain incentives may be given to employees to encourage them to stay. Increased pay, profit shares and making sure that employees are not being over worked can help reduce turnover.
Key research personnel such as statisticians, project managers, and CRAs are typically contracted by CROs and are not usually affiliated with sponsors. This dynamic will probably begin to change as sponsors become more involved in their studies. Fortunately, strategies such as risk based monitoring will continue to develop and may become a basic tool for sponsors
The job market is always competitive especially for clinical research associates. This video offers an easy tactic which most people overlook. This tip can be the difference between getting a second interview or not.
Clinical research sponsor needs appear to be shifting towards a vendor centered approach. This is significant because it means that sponsors will begin to claim more responsibility over studies and will probably rely less on CROs. As sponsors become more involved in their own studies, many of the CRO responsibilities will begin to disappear while the demand for innovative vendors will increase.
One of the lesser explored methods to draw in customers is to leverage the use of top influencers on platforms such as Instagram. Top influencers on Instagram can easily make posts to a specific landing page that include contact information or other services. This method can be used by research sites as well as other companies making it a flexible option for increasing business opportunities.
Whereas conferences were once the only way to network, the age of the internet has brought many new ways to network, most markedly LinkedIn. Smaller research sites can benefit from websites like these to increase their presence in the industry. An increased presence in the research industry will undoubtedly be significant as opportunities abound.
Sites, CROs or vendors who are focusing on business development have turned to mass emails in an effort to gain an advantage. While this strategy might seem to be the easiest, it is also the least effective. The key to gaining new business connections is approaching others through personalized messages and then communicating how a the proposed service will benefit everyone involved.
Site selection visits are one of the important visits that a monitor will conduct. Experienced sites may already have an idea about the routine questions asked during SSVs but few sites are familiar with a monitor's perspective. This video gives an overview of the most common topics that must be covered during the visit by going through an SSV report.
The topic of QA is a hot topic for both sponsors and research sites. One of the biggest causes of low quality in a study is over worked coordinators. Unfortunately the consequences of poor quality can range from losing a study to losing a relationship with a sponsor.
New sites don't have to worry about specializing during their early stages of development. The first priority will be to get the first few studies in order to give the PI research experience. Some sites worry about IRB restrictions but such concerns are often unfounded because sponsors provide a centralized IRB for the research site.
As the year progresses it is becoming clear that now is the time to open a research site. Some sites are reporting that they are having to turn down studies and chose which sponsors they'd like to work with. Anyone interested in entering clinical research might want to exchange skills such as business development or patient recruitment for experience at a research site.
Site selection visits can seem intimidating especially to new sites as they demand a great deal of information from research sites. Experienced sites will have general list of things that are required for a successful visit. Considering that this year is expected to be a good year for research sites, sponsors will most likely be open to adding newer sites to studies.