May 16, 2022

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Technology ‘culture of adoption’ vital for industry future

The clinical research industry is in a phase of notable change and rapid evolution. Decentralized...

The clinical research industry is in a phase of notable change and rapid evolution. Decentralized trials, a highly useful format before COVID-19’s arrival, are now a necessary tool thanks to the unprecedented challenges created by the pandemic.

The Decentralized Trials and Research Alliance (DTRA) is a group bringing together stakeholders from the various corners of the field to help accelerate the adoption and understanding of the decentralized format. Craig Lipset, co-chair of the DTRA, spoke with Outsourcing-Pharma about the organization’s work, and what lies ahead.

OSP: Could you please tell us what the biggest challenge has been facing professionals in your corner of the life-sciences industry?

CL: Among the greatest challenges facing professionals in life sciences clinical research has been managing change. With responsibility for participant safety along with urgency for ensuring high-quality data in clinical trials, many in life sciences have erred on the side of caution when it comes to progress and innovation.

The pace of evolution of adoption of technology is creating an inflection point where the lack of adoption may create even greater risk. New technologies today can bring the opportunity to improve safety monitoring and enable more reliable sourcing of study data. Creating a culture of adoption and thoughtful risk-taking is vital for our collective future, and among our greatest challenges. As a shared challenge, some solutions will lend themselves well for collaboration.

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