If you are starting out in research, or even if you are a seasoned investigative site, there is a lot to be gained from establishing your specific reputation and maintaining an accessible and accurate profile for those who would choose to approach or engage your site to manage part of their clinical trial. At site level, until you can generate a steady pipeline of trials for your business, you can spend considerable efforts trying to find reliable ongoing research opportunities. Moreover, Sponsors of clinical trials can likewise invest an incredible amount of time to identify investigators and study sites that are qualified to undertake their particular clinical trials.
One of the more contemporary ways to attract study opportunities and promote your site’s capabilities is to take the time to properly set up investigator and site-specific profiles in and across the many digital registries available. Doing this allows your consumers, sponsors and CROs to access your business profile, broaden your access to new research opportunities by making yourselves known, and attract more studies that are well suited to your capabilities or medical specialities. Ultimately you can have more control of the message that you want to share with your customers.
I have undertaken quite a few of these registrations myself, at our site, for all of our investigators, and this is regularly updated. I must note that there are many investigator registries out there. Some are disease specific, country-limited or therapy exclusive, and some require a paid membership or professional association. A relatively short Google search will provide an example of these and more. I have written a brief description of 5 of the best registries you can join based on my experience – registries that have generated real study feasibilities (in no particular order)
1. Investigator Databank – DrugDev
The registry itself is a comprehensive, contemporary and accessible platform that is linked to the world’s biggest pharma companies, CROs and TransCelerate BioPharma. If you are pharma study-minded, there is a lot of potential in having a well detailed profile on this site.
Joining the network is free. You will need to create a personalised log-on and password. You will have to enter name, role, contacts and educational qualifications, as well as medical speciality and the Top 5 Research Indications for your site. This portal has inbuilt functions so that you can upload medical registrations, GCP certificates and as many past clinical studies as you like also linked to clinicaltrial.gov. Once populated, you can download your digital profile into a standard CV that you can subsequently share with sponsors and CROs. It is both intuitive and useable and is a good promotional tool for your site.
2. Covance – Investigator Registry
Covance Inc. is a global CRO and their investigative clinical research network includes pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. One way to be considered as an Investigator for future clinical trials with Covance is to complete their online investigator registration form.
The Covance investigator registration form requires no log on or password, is easily accessed and relatively straightforward to complete. Standard entry of professional details including qualifications, medical speciality and description of your site, HREC practices and both regulatory and contractual timelines are subsequently followed by notation of any history of conducting studies with Covance or having been audited. Depiction of therapeutic research interest area, research experience, and specific description/indication of up to the last 3 sponsored studies you have conducted rounds out the registration profile which you ‘submit’. There is no function to edit or update the form. All in all, it takes about 5 minutes to complete.
3. PARAXEL – Investigator Registry
Global CRO PAREXEL has offices in 84 locations, supporting research in over 100 countries around the world. If you are interested in working with PAREXEL on clinical research studies, they have an associated Investigator Registry.
The PARAXEL registry is a digital registration form that must be completed. Professional details and brief site description are coupled with selection of a comprehensive variety of up to 3 medical/research specialities, after which you can ‘submit’. This is a short and sweet registration process.
4. Premier Research – Investigator Registry
Global CRO Premier Research covers many phases of product development and a wide range of therapeutic areas including, but not limited to, rare diseases, analgesia, targeted therapeutics, late phase studies and medical devices, in approximately 80+ countries around the world. To get set up on their Investigator Database, you need to complete their online registration form.
Details required for completion of this form include Professional details, health practitioner registration, medical speciality, therapeutic research interest area, HREC type, access to age-based populations, professional associations, group affiliations and institution/site details.
5. PPD – Investigator Database
PPD is another global CRO whose clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. They have offices in 47 countries and house a network of clinical trial investigators.
PPD’s database requires creation of a unique username and password, including establishment of security questions and answers. Once created, you will receive an email confirmation and be invitation to complete stage 2 of the registration. PPD requires basic data based on qualifications, medical licence and medical speciality, and allows specific input of types of diseases in which you would be interested in conducting clinical trials. From there, a comprehensive description of site capacity, perhaps more than most other registries, includes notation of ability to achieve such things as PK sampling, DNA sampling, medical imaging (XRA, CT, MRI, DEXA), as well as realistic site experience information based on research experience, using EDCs, PROs, and HREC considerations. This is an impressive registry platform that allows opportunity to describe specific site abilities and characteristics in more detail than other registries.