Clinical Trials

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KOLs: An Endangered Buzzword

The term, “key opinion leader” (supported by its well-known acronym KOL) is one of the industry’s most common buzzwords, and for good reason. Physician KOLs have always influenced treatment guidelines and practice behaviors. They have traditionally exerted their influence through research and publication on drug safety and efficacy, which, while still valuable, must now share the stage with other important…

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Smarter Trials Equal Faster Cures

In this era of “big data,” when we all have access to more data than ever before, it’s tempting to take a ‘DIY’ approach to clinical research. However, as search engines become increasingly sophisticated, many data sources commonly used to support clinical trial design lack such dynamism. For example, whereas many clinical trial planners rely on sources like clinicaltrials.gov, which…