PPD’s got it backwards, on purpose

For those InsightCity readers who live in the clinical development space, this will be interesting. For everyone else, sorry. The biggest barrier to on-time completion of clinical trials is patient recruitment. Getting enough patients to enroll in and then stay with a trial is quite difficult. PPD, a top-5 private CRO, is thinking outside the box. Typically, in a clinical study, the pharma company or CRO will recruit clinical sites (think doctor’s offices/ hospitals) to participate and then try to recruitment patients. Well, PPD has flipped the script and is trying to find the patients first, then show them where they can go to participate in the trial. PPD’s PatientAdvantage program has shown some impressive improvements against industry norms for recruitment timelines and you know it’s big when Drake weighs in on recruitment (albeit basketball). Sorry Rick Pitino.