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The Changing Face of Clinical Data




Data collection and analysis have always been central to the development of new clinical interventions such as drug treatments, diagnostics, and medical devices. While clinical data have always been collected and analysed, in recent years emerging methods and technologies for collection, analysing and utilising data, as well as the sheer quantity of data collected have been changing, driven by innovation and an evolving drug development landscape.

Clinical data can take many forms, but are essentially any information collected about an individual over the course of their admission and treatment in a medical setting. These data can range from their medical record information (such as age and medical history), the clinical interventions they undergo (such as blood tests, drugs prescribed, and surgical procedures), and the resulting outcomes following an intervention. These measures form the basis of any clinical trial that seeks to establish the efficacy or safety of a novel drug treatment, medical device, or diagnostic.

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Aiden Flynn is the Founder of Exploristics and has more than 20 years’ experience in drug discovery and clinical development. After seven years as a lecturer at University College London, UK, Aiden spent 10 years at GlaxoSmithKline as a Director of statistical support for biomarker studies across R&D. In recent years, he has worked closely with the FDA and EMEA to develop tools and guidelines that support the use of biomarkers in clinical studies. Since founding Exploristics in 2009, Aiden has attracted over 50% of the world’s top pharma companies as clients, as well as many biotechnology, device, and diagnostic companies.


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