World Courier, Medical Research Network announce a collaboration for home-based clinical-trial services
Looking for a ‘paradigm shift’ in patient recruitment and retention on an international level
World Courier (London) has a global network (with 140 offices in 50 countries) of couriers and delivery services primarily for clinical trial management. Medical Research Network (MRN; Milton Keynes, UK; US HQ in Skokie, IL) has established a model of a “clinical trials support organization” over the past decade, handling over 150 trials set up to service patients in their homes. Now, by partnering with each other, the companies hope to offer a relatively innovative approach to clinical trials with a focus on home-based patient access.
“Patient recruitment and retention are the two biggest pain points for trial sponsors,” notes Sam Herbert, COO of World Courier. “It’s a challenge when a sick patient has to go to a clinic several hours away for an infusion, when starting or continuing a trial. By eliminating that step, we’ve seen cases of a near-doubling in patient recruitment success, and retention in some cases as high as 95%.”