Vaccines trials in the COVID-19 era and tech’s role in speeding studies –


The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed the challenges pharmaceutical companies face as they race to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Thrown into even sharper relief than usual are the needs faced by all vaccine trials to balance study speed, data accuracy and patient experience.

Additionally, given the fear of exposure and city mandates for individuals to stay at home, traditional patient recruitment challenges are exacerbated for a coronavirus trial.  Placebo groups are unlikely to be used and the virus affects a very broad and non-discriminate patient population.

So, what is technology’s role in supporting the faster evaluation of vaccines? The right data capture technology can provide some important ways to first speed up vaccines research and then gain quicker regulatory submissions, compared with traditional paper records.

However, with patients’ expectations , it’s important to provide an experience of suitable quality to those who give up their time to take part in a study.

The pharmaphorum webinar Vaccines trials in the era of COVID-19 – balancing study speed, accuracy and patient experience is being held in association with ERT.

It is currently scheduled to take place on 8th April from 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT)/12:00 to 13:00 (EST) and will look at how to balance trial speed, data accuracy and patient experience during the race for a coronavirus vaccine.


Our expert panel will discuss:

  • Trial evolution so far and the impact of coronavirus
  • Specific challenges for trial sponsors working on a coronavirus vaccine
  • The impact of COVID-19 on patient attendance for studies
  • Patient experience in vaccines clinical trials
  • How to use virtual trial solutions, and when they’re not appropriate
  • Efficient capture of patient data and RWE in rapid deployment trials

Our panel

Ken Faulkner, Vice President, eCOA Scientific Services, ERT

Chris Watson, Director of Product Strategy, ERT

Matt McCarty, Vice President, eCOA Scientific Services, ERT

Paul TunnahModerated by Paul Tunnah, CEO, pharmaphorum

Paul Tunnah is CEO and Founder of pharmaphorum media, which facilitates productive engagement for pharma, bringing healthcare together to drive medical innovation. It combines industry-leading content and social media engagement services with the globally recognised news, information and insight portal, working with pharmaceutical companies, service providers and broader healthcare organisations to help communicate their thought leadership and connect them with relevant stakeholders.

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