FDA signs CRADA with CluePoints

October 12, 2016

FDA signs CRADA with CluePoints to Explore Data-Driven Approach to Quality Oversight in Clinical Trials

FDA and its stakeholders have an interest in assuring the integrity of clinical trial data and the protection of participants during the conduct of clinical research.  Misconduct in clinical research, including, but not limited to the falsification or omission of data in reporting research results, places all subjects in that trial at possible safety risk.  Fraud jeopardizes the reliability of data submitted to FDA, and undermines the Agency’s mission to protect and promote public health. FDA and other regulators rely on whistleblowers and site inspections to detect signs of possible misconduct.

This CRADA explores a data driven approach to selecting sites which exhibit data anomalies indicative of fraud, misconduct or sloppiness.  Under this CRADA, FDA and CluePoints, Inc. will develop and test enhancements to CluePoints existing software to produce an ordered list of “anomalous sites”, i.e. sites whose data are highly inconsistent with data from other sites; explore “moderators of treatment effect”, i.e. factors such as center, region, or country that have a statistically significant impact on the magnitude of treatment effect; add statistical tests and models to those already in the existing software; refine the scoring system used to identify outlying centers; add an exploratory tool to identify moderators of treatment effect; test and implement the software in a high performance computing environment; and develop a user-friendly interface for use by medical reviewers and other interested parties at FDA. Read more

Congratulations to our sister company CluePoints!

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