Sponsors to benefit from simplified home-based clinical trials: LabConnect CEO

By Melissa Fassbender contact

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(Image: Getty/Kwanchai_Khammuean)
(Image: Getty/Kwanchai_Khammuean)
LabConnect and Symphony Clinical Research are teaming up to improve the delivery of home-based clinical trials by co-developing new processes and tools.

LabConnect, LLC​ provides central laboratory and support services for biopharmaceutical, medical device and, contract research organizations (CROs). The company has worked with Symphony Clinical Research, an in-home clinical service provider, on 17 studies over 12 years.

This week, the companies announced a new strategic collaboration that will focus on integrating their services to support the clinical research industry, specifically to advance home-based clinical trials.

“We both have a strategic focus on managing highly complex studies, so it’s a natural fit,”​ said Eric Hayashi, president and CEO. “Sponsors benefit from the simplicity we bring to managing complex home or alternate-site-based clinical trials.”

Hayashi told us the goal of the strategic alliance is “to jointly improve the delivery of home-based clinical trials to all stakeholders, including sponsors, sites, home health care practitioners and investigative sites.”

The companies look to accomplish this by developing new processes and tools, including a clinical kit “optimized”​ for home health nurses, reporting processes “designed with home visits in mind” ​and clinical collection kits for inbound and outbound shipping, said Hayashi.

Together, the companies will provide laboratory testing, peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) processing, reporting, and logistical services – and develop informational materials to educate clients on the process.

“There are a lot of questions regarding how this process will work,”​ Hayashi said. “We plan to work collaboratively to provide information on how clients may improve their clinical trial conduct through home-based visits.”

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