INC Research has entered into a strategic collaboration with the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) – a non-profit organization working to engage the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process.
The organization also educates medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research in addition to providing free education to the public and patient communities.
According to INC, the partnership is the first of its kind.
"Continuing to make patients valued partners in the clinical research process is vital to accelerating the delivery of new medicines to market,” said Clare Grace, PhD, Vice President, Site and Patient Access.
“By furthering the connection that patients have with the clinical research community, we can better understand their perceptions about clinical research and the barriers that are potentially preventing them from participating in trials for which they may be suited.”
Through this collaboration, INC and CISCRP will jointly develop and implement educational initiatives designed to bring greater awareness to the importance of clinical trial participation in advancing public health.
"Without clinical trial participants, new medicines and discoveries simply wouldn’t be possible," said CISCRP Founder Ken Getz. "It is essential that we engage patients and their local health care community as partners in the drug development process. We are very excited about entering into this collaboration with INC Research to raise public awareness about clinical research, to educate the patient community and to ultimately strengthen patient engagement.”
INC Research and CISCRP will co-host an event in September 2016 called the “Inspiring Hope” Ideathon, which will bring industry leaders and advocacy groups together to generate new ideas on ow to raise clinical research awareness. Additionally, INC will sponsor various CISCRP programs and events and help develop future patient awareness events.