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MORRISVILLE, N.C. & COLUMBUS, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE)- Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc. (Worldwide), a full-service, midsize, global CRO, and Deep Lens, an AI-driven digital pathology company focused on disease diagnosis confirmation and clinical trial recruitment, announced a new strategic alliance in oncology. The companies will pair Worldwide’s expertise in clinical cancer research and global clinical trial operations with the Deep Lens VIPER™ digital pathology platform. This combination will support a new ecosystem for sponsors, researchers and care teams to accelerate cancer diagnoses and present clearer treatment and clinical trial options earlier in the process.
Patient recruitment for clinical trials remains a time-intensive, costly barrier to the execution of drug development programs. More than 14,000 oncology clinical trials are actively recruiting patientsi, yet estimates put the rate of participation as low as 3% of potential trial candidates.ii Worldwide and Deep Lens will address this challenge by first collaborating to design a pilot study to marry innovative clinical trial designs and operational acumen with the VIPER platform. The aim is to enhance trial recruitment through real-time diagnosis and alerting and enhance coordination between research teams, care teams and patients.
“Cancer research is advancing at an incredible pace. We need to up our game as pathologists and CROs to deliver increased precision, speed and communication to find patients with particular disease subtypes or biomarkers,” said Dave Billiter, co-founder and CEO, Deep Lens. “With the global reach and scientific and operations expertise of Worldwide, we believe we can streamline clinical trial recruitment. And, just as importantly, oncologists can inform patients and their caregivers about clinical research options from day one.”
Through the strategic alliance, Worldwide and Deep Lens seek to:
“Worldwide and Deep Lens are collaborating to drive critical, lifesaving decisions earlier in the treatment conversation – where days can impact outcomes. For sponsors, this further builds on our commitment to provide uncommon scientific and operational expertise throughout the clinical research process,” said Dave Bowser, executive vice president and general manager, Worldwide Clinical Trials. “For patients, the alliance seeks to bring clarity and confidence to the incredibly challenging moment they are diagnosed with cancer.”
With operations spanning 60 countries, Worldwide offers biopharma sponsors the clinical, technical and regulatory expertise they need to navigate the international and strategic complexities of oncology drug development – including proven ability to access hard-to-find patient populations.
Deep Lens offers a modernized, AI-driven approach to pathology.
Together, the companies will address unique barriers to recruitment. These include:
Deployment of advances in digital pathology, deep learning and workflow for interventional and observational research in oncology;
About Worldwide Clinical Trials
Worldwide Clinical Trials employs more than 1,600 professionals around the world, with offices in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, and Asia. Founded by physicians committed to advancing medical science, Worldwide is out to change how the world experiences CROs – in the best possible way. From early phase and bioanalytical sciences through late phase, post-approval and real-world evidence, we provide world-class, full-service drug development services.
With infrastructure and talent spanning 60 countries, we execute predictable, successful studies with operational excellence across a range of therapeutic areas, including central nervous system, cardiovascular, metabolic, immune-mediated inflammatory disorders (IMID), oncology and rare diseases. We never compromise on science or safety. We’re never satisfied with the status quo. We’re the Cure for the Common CRO.
For more information, visit http://www.worldwide.com.
About Deep Lens
Deep Lens has extended one of the world’s first digital pathology cloud platforms, VIPER, to include artificial intelligence, enhanced pathology workflow support and collaboration capabilities. In addition to providing essential workflow support to pathology teams, Deep Lens offers the most precise and timely source for identifying sites and patients for sponsored clinical trials.
For more information, visit https://www.deeplens.ai/.
i https://clinicaltrials.gov, Last accessed February 28, 2019
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