Holiday Statistics That Will Make You View the Holidays Differently

Posted by Chad Birt on Nov 23, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Statistics play a crucial role in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Good data allows researchers and scientists to conduct testing, consolidate large amounts of information, and determine if a specific product or medication serves its intended purpose. In fact, any medical device or medicine currently on the market achieved its approval thanks in part to statistics. 

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Topics: statistics, thanksgiving, christmas

Decision Making Tools and Techniques for Use in Clinical Studies

Posted by Sunil Sadhwani on Nov 5, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Each organization has its processes and methodologies on how to vet critical decisions among its stakeholders. The criteria used for decision making are typically well defined and understood. Crisply allowing a good comparison of the options or trade space to have the decision be more apparent to the stakeholders requires some planning and creativity. This blog focuses on such techniques that may be useful to apply in Clinical Studies to make for a more engaging and efficient decision-making process. A brief introduction on the techniques is discussed and a relevant example on application of these techniques follows.

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Topics: Clinical Research, Functional Service Provider, project management, decision science

7 Socially Distanced Ideas for Celebrating the Holidays During a Global Pandemic

Posted by Chad Birt on Oct 28, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Now that November is officially here, the holidays are right around the corner. As Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah draw closer, it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to celebrate. 

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Topics: holidays, family, social distance

Parenting During the Pandemic: Balancing Home Schooling and Work

Posted by Chad Birt on Oct 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and go to school.

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Topics: home office, covid-19, home schooling, parenting, work form home

Global Data Standards and the History of the Smoot

Posted by Chad Birt on Oct 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Many industries seek to standardize the data they collect, analyze, and make decisions upon. The pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries are no different.

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Topics: Data Management, biometrics, clinical trials, data governance, data operations, Smoot, global library

Don't Settle for Poor Data Management Quality

Posted by Ajay Sadhwani on Oct 8, 2020 6:08:34 AM

Is your current data management provider struggling? Perhaps they are under resourced, have antiquated SOPs, use cumbersome systems, or are simply not a good fit for your team and culture. All these items contribute to poor quality either overtly or more subtly by revealing themselves at, unfortunately, the wrong time.

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Topics: Data Management, Quality Assurance, biometrics, clinical trials, rescue studies

Conducting Effective Project Management Meetings

Posted by Sunil Sadhwani on Sep 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

In every organization regardless of industry, team meetings are a big part of a normal work day/week. Meetings are critical to ensure adequate communication across team members, especially in today’s environment with a highly diversified workforce that operate in multiple locations. It is certainly a common experience that some meetings are not as efficient as others and some are downright not worth the time spent at them! This blog focuses on some useful approaches for conducting effective meetings, specifically in a clinical study.

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Topics: Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, Functional Service Provider, clinical project management, project management

A Guide to Using Virtual Backgrounds in Zoom and MS Teams

Posted by Chad Birt on Sep 23, 2020 7:00:00 AM

A new report from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), found that 42% of Americans are currently working from home full-time.

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Topics: Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, online meetings

Earned Value Management in Clinical Trials: Part 2

Posted by Sunil Sadhwani on Sep 15, 2020 5:15:00 AM

An earlier blog had identified the benefits of using Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques in Clinical Studies. This synopsis provides a practical example of how to implement those techniques and making useful decisions from the available data. To support this example, a mock study with the following scope of work, budget and timeline requirements has been established:

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Topics: Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, earned value management, function service provider, clinical project management

7 Stretches to Ease Pain and Boost Work-From-Home Productivity

Posted by Chad Birt on Sep 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies asked employees to leave the office and work from home. This helps reduce the viruses’ spread in work environments but also presents unique challenges.

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Topics: Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, work from home, stretching, home office

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