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Keeping Trials on Track

In today’s highly competitive biopharmaceutical marketplace, companies conducting clinical trials cannot afford delays in achieving critical study milestones – delays that can add millions of dollars to the cost of a trial. The intense pressure to bring innovative compounds to market as quickly and efficiently as possible makes it more important than ever for trial sponsors to keep clinical trials on track by closely monitoring site performance and data quality issues that could jeopardise study deadlines.

At the same time, biopharmaceutical trials are growing in complexity and scope. A typical Phase III trial might encompass thousands of patients at dozens of sites in multiple countries around the world. In addition, sponsors must supervise their trials diligently in order to meet growing demands from regulatory agencies to improve patient and drug safety. All of these challenges make it essential for sponsors to maintain the highest levels of scientific and ethical performance at trial sites.

Much of the day-to-day responsibility for meeting those challenges falls squarely on the shoulders of site monitors. They play a vital role in keeping the full range of site-based trial activities on schedule. Equally important, monitors ensure that...

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John Humphreys is a Principal Clinical Consultant in the
Product Management Group of Perceptive Informatics, a
leading eClinical technology provider. John is responsible
for product strategy and incorporation of client needs into
ongoing development of Perceptive’s clinical trial management
systems (CTMS). He has over 14 years of experience in the
biopharmaceutical industry, having held senior level positions
in software development. His background includes training as
a biochemist.
John Humphreys
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