Where in the world? Clinical trial activity reveals competitor strategies
This article was originally published in Scrip
The challenges of clinical development are well known, and ever increasing pressure to do more with less is not unique to this industry. Couple this pressure with lengthy development timelines and increasingly complex procedures and protocols, and development costs have soared over the past decade. Above all, trial recruitment remains the primary reason trials fail to complete on time and skyrocket beyond projected budgets.
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