Clinical Trial Optimization is a twice-monthly podcast that brings together clinical research stakeholders to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and think creatively about how to oversee, manage and optimize clinical trial planning and execution. The podcast includes discussions with clinical research industry thought leaders and practitioners about how the industry is transforming clinical research design and operations to speed up the delivery of life-changing therapies. The podcast is aimed at clinical research professionals, including R&D executives, clinical operations managers, study managers, data scientists, quality assurance managers, biostatisticians, principal investigators, clinical research associates (CRAs), safety monitors, clinical scientists and other healthcare professionals.
Heard It on the Street: Three Actions Industry Should Take To Improve Clinical Trial Design and Execution
During the 2022 WCG MAGI Clinical Research Conferences in Boston and Las Vegas, Linda Sullivan invited attendees to stop by the CTO podcast booth and share their ideas about the top three things that the industry should do to improve how clinical trials are designed and executed. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear ideas from investigative site staff, clinical trial participants, and other industry stakeholders about opportunities to improve clinical research.
WCG Innovation Challenge Finalist Temple University Discuss Closing Gap Between Clinical Research and Clinical Care with WCG Senior Advisor Linda Sullivan
Hannah Reimer and Tara White at Temple University joined Linda Sullivan to discuss their collaboration to develop a systematic way of including researchers in the clinical care of patients. Faced with the challenge of not having patients eligible to enroll in clinical study due to low adherence to standard of care guidelines, the research team reached out to the clinical care team to explore how to address the problem. Working collaboratively with the quality improvement group, they were able to drive changes that resulted in improved adherence to standard of care guidelines which enabled the research team to achieve study enrollment goals. The new approach of including research staff in a quality improvement project was viewed positively and has opened the door for collaborations in the future.
WCG Innovation Challenge Finalist Sanofi Discusses Benefits of Collaborating with Patients to Improve Clinical Research Design & Outcomes with WCG Senior Advisor Linda Sullivan
Patricia Roselle, global head, patient stakeholder engagement at Sanofi ,joins Linda Sullivan to share insights about the success of an innovative model that directly and intentionally collaborates with patient advisors and advocacy groups from around the world to co-design Sanofi’s end-to-end approach to medicines development.
WCG Innovation Challenge Finalist St Lawrence Health Discusses Evaluating Job Candidates’ Soft Skills with WCG Senior Advisor Linda Sullivan
Have you ever had a resume come across your desk that looked too good to be true? You bring the candidate in for an interview where they say all the perfect things, only to hire them and find out they were nothing like they led you to believe? This is the question explored during Linda Sullivan’s interview with Kylie Sands, Carly Lovelett, and McKailey Lyndaker at St Lawrence Health. The organization revamped their job interviewing process to better learn how a potential candidate could fit into their department and help everyone succeed. The new approach that assesses “soft skills”, as well as technical skills, is helping the organization identify job candidates that have the right critical thinking skills to be successful members of their clinical research team.
WCG Innovation Challenge Finalist Boston Children’s Hospital Discusses DEI Workforce Development Program with WCG Senior Advisor Linda Sullivan
Brandi Bratrude at Boston Children’s Hospital and Mona Li at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute joined Linda Sullivan to discuss a successful Intern-to-FTE pipeline program at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The program, made possible through a collaboration with the Office of Workforce Development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, works to ensure that youth and adults from underserved and underrepresented Boston neighborhoods have the access, skills, and resources necessary to pursue healthcare careers.
WCG Innovation Challenge Winner Bayer Discusses Kits4Life Program with WCG Senior Advisor Linda Sullivan
Is there a way for sponsors and clinical trial sites to donate unused lab kits and supplies for humanitarian aid? This is the question explored during Linda Sullivan’s interview with Mark Ryan vice president, head site management Americas region, and Donna Libretti-Cooke director of contracting and budgeting at Bayer and founder, Greg Folz and program coordinator, Josh Kravitz at Kits4Life. MedSurplus Alliance’s Kits4Life program was started to provide the means for unused clinical research supplies to be repurposed by organizations around the world that are qualified to accept humanitarian aid. Bayer has successfully implemented the program across clinical trial sites in the United States and is working with Kits4Life and other sponsors to expand the program globally.
Additional information about Kits4Life is available at: https://www.medsurplusalliance.org/clinical-research-programs