COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates Shift Toward Virtual Trials
The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Spark More Efficient R&D
As the global shut-down caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues, sponsors are rushing to adapt clinical trials that can move to partial or completely remote monitoring, allowing patients to remain in their homes but continue to participate in studies. And the outbreak may have another silver lining for the biopharma industry, a chance to rebuild its reputation.
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