3. More investigators? Yes, please.

It is estimated that the number of clinical investigators required annually is in the range of 1-7 million! Yes, that’s a wide range but considering there are just over 800,000 practicing physicians in the US, that leaves a big gap. Katherine Vandebelt, global head of clinical innovation for Eli Lilly, thinks the case is clear and wants pharma to stop being the biggest barrier to physicians becoming clinical investigators. She and Lilly are creating a program to tear down institutional barriers that limit participation in clinical trials (i.e., within hospitals). The program also provides hands-on training to investigators new to clinical trials, recognizing that these investigators might not be the highest recruiters on day one. It’s a tough job and more companies have to do it.