Category: TCD Group

09 May 2018
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How Blockchain may impact Clinical Trials

With blockchain being the world’s leading software platform for digital assets, the application of the technology in clinical trials has sparked discussion at PanAgora’s AI & Machine Learning in Clinical Trials Summit last month.

In a recent article published on Applied Clinical Trials , Moe Alsumidaie held an interview with Munther Baara (Head of New Clinical Paradigms at Pfizer) about his perspectives on how blockchain may impact clinical trials.

After describing blockchain technology, Munther Baara shared his insight on the use of blockchain in clinical trials:

“If clinical trials can employ blockchain technology, the aggregated data would be immediately available when a patient enrolls in a study, which can save time during screening. Research sites and sponsors would have the ability to view original and quality source documentation in real-time, which minimizes medical history data errors. Another benefit of using blockchain would be the ability for patients to better connect with individuals who have similar conditions (e.g., in rare disease populations), which can enhance trial referral potential. The drug supply chain could also be a great area where the industry can track investigational products all the way from inception to consumption, connect to the patients to gather medication adherence data, and facilitate drug accountability documentation. Sponsors can also use blockchain to register clinical trials and share study results with other researchers. Blockchain has the potential to be a game changer, as it would change the way we conduct business, not only in pharma but also globally across other industries.”

 

To read the full article visit http://www.appliedclinicaltrialsonline.com/blockchain-concepts-emerge-clinical-trials

 

 

02 May 2017
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TCD joins EOH as the group grows with strategic changes taking effect in May 2017

We are delighted to share the following significant changes and positive developments which took place recently within the TCD Group.

New Ownership

EOH, a JSE-listed South African based Knowledge Management group, have been in negotiation with the TCD Group since the last quarter of 2015, sharing the strategic objective to expand in the field of healthcare. EOH consists of a diverse portfolio of specialised industries in 21 countries across four continents.

The groups came to agreement in October 2016 and the transaction was completed in February 2017. EOH Holdings is now the 100% shareholder of the TCD Group of companies. We are excited by this positive development which opens many new horizons through the global profile of our new proudly South African owners.

The EOH philosophy involves sustaining successful acquisitions by building upon the inherent culture. The TCD Group will remain easily recognisable, building on our rich legacy, striving as always for continuous improvement.

Expansion of the TCD Group

The rapid evolution of the TCD Group expanded the original Triclinium into a full-service CRO (Contract Research Organisation), with a growing range of services and geographical footprint. Triclinium’s sister companies, within the TCD Group now consists of:

  • TCD Outcomes Research: The TCD Group developed a Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) organisation, through an acquisition of HeXor (a late phase development and pharmacoeconomics company), combined with the Late Phase Clinical Development expertise of TCD.
  • TCD e-Clinical Solutions: The TCD Group created an e-Clinical Solutions division which includes Software as a Service solution. TCD e-Clinical Solutions is focused around improving the outcome of clinical trials from a quality and efficiency perspective. Services include Electronic Data Capture (EDC), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO), Electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments (eCOA) and Mobile Health (mHealth), etc.
  • TCD Global Data Services: The TCD Group established and consolidated its Data Management and Biostatistics division under the TCD GDS brand, which is spearheaded out of South Africa and Bangalore, India.
  • TCD-MENA: The TCD Group established a full-service CRO based in Cairo, Egypt through a Joint Venture to focus on the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • PharmaLTX: The TCD Group established a software development company which specialises in software solutions in the wider health care sector such as partnering with Ministries of Health, Regulatory agencies, Institutional Review Boards, Universities, Clinical Research Centres, etc.

 

New TCD Group Chairman

The mandate to meld the member companies into a synergistic group has been entrusted to Dr Tienie Stander, founder of HeXor Pty Ltd., current Managing Director of TCD Outcomes Research, and now also the inaugural Chairman of the TCD Group.

Change in Managing Director of Triclinium Clinical Development

To those who know the company well, the most visible change is that after 17 years at the helm, founder Victor Strugo will relinquish the position of Managing Director to Abraham van Wyk, effective 1st May, 2017. Abraham has been increasingly involved in TCD executive functions since 2014 and his promotion is fully endorsed by TCD’s Board of Directors.

Victor will nevertheless remain active and visible in the new role of TCD Group Strategic Adviser, facilitating a smooth management transition, supporting key projects and developing new horizons for the company that he created in February 2000.

Our electronic media will be updated accordingly over time. We look forward to maintaining and strengthening our association with your organisation through this transition and to offer an ever-improving and broadening range of services in the years ahead.

For queries or more information, contact us at corporate.communications@tcd-global.com