The contract research organization (CRO) Linical which recently merged with Accelovance for multinational clinical trial development, will work with Trialbee, a patient matching and engagement provider, to use digital capabilities and clinical trial execution techniques to establish an end-to-end support chain.
Trialbee will support the partnership with access to its web-based centralized platform for patient matching. The platform can communicate directly with patient groups through digital media, web, and mobile applications.
Linical and Trialbee will focus on patient-centricity using patient and clinical data to refine processes and enhance trial design. A spokesperson for Trialbee stated that the digital recruitment platform coupled with its multilingual nurse panel effectively screens patients, while Linical's pre-activated investigational site network can interact with already engaged patients.
The spokesperson added, "through consolidating our combined expertise of clinical trial conduct and patient insights into the actual trial design, we can shape a program or parameters that will make patients more willing to participate, and more likely to stay engaged throughout the trial."
The companies said in a statement that as many as 50% of trials are delayed due to recruitment issues and the costs incurred because of these delays can total $8m (€7.13m) per day. Additionally, 30% of enrolled patients will drop out over the course of a clinical study.
Through the partnership, the companies will deploy a digital recruitment strategy to reach targeted patient populations in an aim to enhance trial enrollment times and establish customized engagement solutions to mitigate patient attrition while maintaining data integrity, quality, and project timelines.
Linical will use its experience as a global CRO to design and conduct clinical trials in tandem with Trialbee’s recruitment capabilities.
Trialbee’s recruitment capabilities include its recently launched Patient Engagement Solution app to improve data quality through digital engagement. The app is updated in real-time with patient-specific reports to enable trial coordinators to view trends of low engagement and increase patient centricity.