Standardized Development Metrics


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Imagine the confusion if every Major League Baseball team had its own way of calculating batting averages. This fictional scenario is analogous to the real environment in which sponsors and CROs are currently operating.
With every company — sponsors and CROs — having its own set of metrics and tracking methods for clinical trials, across-the-board analyses and comparisons are major challenges. Metrics are crucial to keeping clinical trials on track and identifying weak spots that may impede success, but only a fraction of the industry currently uses standardized performance metrics, says Linda Sullivan, VP of operations at Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC). The nonprofit organization aims to develop performance metrics within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry that will enhance performance, effectiveness, and efficiency, and set appropriate levels of controls for both sponsors and service providers.
These MCC Clinical Trial metrics are the fourth set of standards that the organization is initiating; it has also addressed laboratory performance, ECG performance…

MCC Identified Metrics
Building Partnerships Around Standardized
Performance Metrics
MCC Participating Organizations
Metrics Development Process
Demand for Performance Metrics

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