Countermeasures Acceleration Group — the New Standard for Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials and Operation Warp Speed

248 days. From the time scientists first sequenced the genome of the COVID-19 virus and published it online, it took just 248 days for the clinical trials industry—working closely with government agencies under “Operation Warp Speed,” now known as Countermeasures Acceleration Group (CAG) —to develop two emergency-use vaccines to stem the tide of the pandemic. Other vaccines would be developed soon afterward.


With 5.2 million deaths and counting attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the loss of life alone has been staggering. Sadly, the Omicron variant will add to this devastating toll. Despite our desperation to put this pandemic behind us and return to “normal,” the clinical trials industry and its regulatory agency partners have a golden opportunity to implement some of the best aspects of CAG as the new industry standard. In so doing, the delivery of new therapies in record speed to patients desperately in need—those with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancers—would stand as an enduring tribute to the lives lost to COVID-19.      


Formed May 15, 2020, CAG was a partnership between the federal departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DOD), and select private sector drug development sponsors. At its outset, the daunting goal of CAG was to accelerate vaccine development through 2020 so that, starting in January 2021, 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses could be approved by the FDA, manufactured, distributed, and available to the U.S. general public by mid-2021.


At the inception of CAG, vaccine clinical trials were already underway with Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, Sanofi/GSK, Janssen (J&J) and AstraZeneca. However, these trials were in the early stages, with no guarantees regarding timeline or successful outcome. And here was this lofty goal of full vaccine deployment in less than a year. For the nearly 75% of the U.S. adult population who have now been inoculated against COVID-19 and are currently contemplating booster shots, it may be easy to forget the audacity of such a compressed drug development timeline. But for those with experience in the clinical trials industry, this ambitious goal may have seemed flat out impossible!


If you look at the pre-pandemic statistics, the clinical trials industry has operated against a backdrop of 153,000 global deaths per day, 7,000 compounds in the drug development pipeline, and almost 12 years in clinical trials before new therapies reach patients—at an average cost of $2.6 billion! Defying the seeming inevitability of decades-long cycle times, CAG proved that an accelerated timeline was possible with an unprecedented level of process and performance transparency as well as cooperation between drug developers in the clinical trials industry and government. But what factors enabled this never-before-seen public/private cooperation to achieve the impossible, and how could those factors be standardized for future clinical trials in order to compress development cycle time and achieve faster breakthroughs in our most serious diseases?   


Allow each partner/stakeholder to play to its strengths  

In large part, CAG succeeded because at the outset, there was an understanding and acceptance as to which roles and responsibilities were best suited to private enterprise vs. government. For example, the heads of large government agencies such as HHS, DOD, and the State Department accepted that highly motivated, private drug development enterprises were best left to their own devices to do what they do best: execute on clinical process development and manufacturing plans—assuming successful vaccine creation.


For their part, the government agencies working within the CAG partnership deemed that their critical role was to mobilize the full capacity of the U.S. government to clear all roadblocks. Their job was to ensure that no technical, logistical, or financial hurdle would hinder vaccine development or deployment. For example, DOD and HHS collaborated to mitigate supply-chain disruptions of critical manufacturing supplies and equipment. HHS even worked closely with one vaccine company to identify a much-needed additional manufacturing partner. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with overseeing construction projects to expand capacity at some manufacturing plants. Incredibly, DOD even sent 16 public servants to fill quality control positions at two vaccine manufacturing sites until the companies could hire the required private sector replacements!


Certainly, promising early-stage clinical trial data should meet an agreed-upon threshold to merit such an all-out mobilization. But shouldn’t we lay down the policy guidelines now if only so drug developers and the public know that enormous public/private support will be there when a breakthrough inevitably comes? There are countless people with devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s—which many experts caution is a developing tsunami given our aging population and longer life expectancies—waiting for just such a crucial breakthrough in treatment. 

Leverage technology-enabled solutions and data sharing to align stakeholders

Extraordinary cooperation by otherwise fierce competitors in the pharmaceutical industry became standard in the CAG effort to develop the COVID-19 vaccines. BioNTech collaborated with Pfizer for its mRNA-based vaccine. Sanofi worked in tandem with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck manufactured J&J’s vaccine. Beneath these high-profile partnerships was one significant factor that helped CAG succeed: data-sharing. Specifically, the competitors developing vaccines on one of the four approved platforms selected by CAG—the mRNA platform, the replication-defective live-vector platform, the recombinant-subunit-adjuvanted protein platform, or the attenuated replicating live-vector platform—actually relied on data from other vaccines using the same platforms. For as much criticism as the pharmaceutical industry too often receives, this level of sharing and cooperation between fierce rivals to help swiftly combat a deadly virus preying on many of the world’s most vulnerable has, in my humble opinion, not been heralded enough.  


As the CEO and Co-Founder of an innovative cloud-based software provider to the clinical trials industry, I have long advocated for more process and performance transparency (as those who know me in the industry can attest). That said, let me be clear: as an entrepreneur and fierce defender of risk taking and free market capitalism, I am not in any way advocating for pharmaceutical industry sponsors and their CRO partners to share the valuable intellectual property behind new therapies they took great risk to develop and advance through clinical trials. Beyond a passion for improving the human condition and eradicating disease, respect for the rule of law and protecting intellectual property are paramount to ensuring therapeutic breakthroughs like we’ve just experienced with the COVID-19 vaccines.


However, in the same collaborative spirit of Operation Warp Speed, there are opportunities to use technology to better align—both operationally and clinically—all clinical trial stakeholders, from patients to investigative sites to CROs and sponsors. On the clinical side, for example, technology that uses artificial intelligence to scour EMR data and match eligible patients to clinical trial protocols is beginning to proliferate. In addition, even during the development of clinical trial protocols, predictive analytics are being leveraged to model trial feasibility based on the protocol, thereby allowing for protocol adjustments to ensure a greater degree of success in the clinical trial phase. Operationally, the pandemic has hastened promising technological advances to cut cycle time and, ultimately, costs to deliver new therapies to patients. Remote and risk-based monitoring of clinical trials is poised to become (or already is) the new norm. And of course, at Devana Solutions we provide technology to connect central trial operations teams with decentralized site staff and clinicians or “bring the site into the patient’s own community”. Devana also highly automates clinical trial process workflows and capture site metrics for analysis and improvement in speeding new therapies to patients.


It is within our power to take from the urgent, can-do, cooperative partner-mindset that was adopted by the clinical trials industry and government agencies during the pandemic—best exemplified by Operation Warp Speed. The industry and regulators should seize the lessons of this moment, and lay down a framework to accelerate the speed of delivery as soon as the next major therapeutic breakthrough against a serious disease is realized. To miss the next opportunity to speed a lifesaving vaccine or cure to those patients by leveraging the collective fighting spirit this pandemic has engendered would be tragic. Rising to meet this challenge would honor the millions of lives cut short by this pandemic.


Book a demo with Devana Solutions today to learn more about our cloud-based data analytics software for the clinical trials industry that integrates seamlessly with CTMS and other key systems to keep success in the crosshairs.


2022 SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit: What to Expect

SCRS Oncology Site Solutions Summit

If you work in oncology research, you likely have your eyes set on the upcoming 2022 SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit. The team at Devana Solutions, is excited for this year’s event. Devana Solutions helps central research operations professionals and decentralized clinicians stay connected and aligned to optimize the entire clinical trial process.  The 2022 Oncology Site Solutions Summit takes place on January 28 and 29 in Austin, Texas.  If you aren’t familiar with an SCRS Site Solutions Summit event, check out our recap from the 2021 SCRS Global Site Solutions Summit.  

The SCRS Oncology Site Solutions Summit takes place at the Hilton Austin, and  offers a chance to those in the oncology research field to connect and innovate.  Here’s a preview of what to expect.  

Network with Industry Leaders

One of the advantages of attending the SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit is to connect, in person, with oncology research teams and leaders, from the sites to CROs and Sponsors to industry vendors; sharing valuable insights in an effort to advance the mission in finding new treatments and, someday, a cure for cancer. 

Between networking breaks and partner lunches, there are opportunities to connect with longstanding peers or make new professional relationships.

Learn About Innovation in the Field

The interactive discussions truly make the SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit a must-attend event.  

We are big fans of the breakout sessions. Some of our biggest areas of interest are around making the , improving clinical trial management during study startup and connecting central operations teams with clinicians.  We’ve broken down some of the sessions we are most excited about at the Oncology summit in Austin:


Friday, January 28, 2022

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Among the topics we are interested in:

  • Protocol Feasibility: Tactics & Tools for Success
  • Hybrid Decentralized Trials: Critical Considerations 
  • Trust-Building: Utilizing Your Data to Validate Your Site


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Among the topics we are interested in:

  • Quality Focus: Does Your QMS Need a Refresh?
  • Site Perspective: Managing the Life Cycle of Clinical Trials


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Among the topics we are interested in:

  • JIT Applications & Other Assessments: Are They Right for My Site?
  • Understanding & Integrating Electronic Clinical Trial Documentation Systems
  • Site Network Consolidation: What Does it Mean for You?
  • The Impact of Wearables in Oncology Studies


Saturday, January 29, 2022

10:30 am – 11:30 am


Among the topics we are interested in:


  • Site-Centricity & Relationships: The Importance of Site Needs (Option A)
  • Site-Centricity & Relationships: The Importance of Site Needs (Option B)
  • The Best Staffing Models for Better Quality, Enrollment & Margins


Grow Your Business at 2022 SCRS Oncology Site Solutions Summit

Through all of the networking and interactive sessions, the most important take-away from attending events like the 2022 SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit is developing new partnerships that help to carry out our mission to improve clinical trials and speed therapies to patients faster.

Are you planning on attending the 2022 SCRS Oncology Site Solutions Summit?  We’d love to chat. Devana CEO and Co-founder Barry Lake and Director of Strategic Partnerships Emily Hardy are excited to discuss how technology can improve the clinical trials space for oncology and beyond.  Connect with Barry or Emily on LinkedIn or use the contact form at the bottom of the page to set something up before the big event in Austin!




Why Automated Data Analytics are Crucial for Clinical Research Leaders

The sheer volume of data produced by the clinical trial industry is staggering—and it’s growing every day. The healthcare industry, in general, relies on big data to function, and clinical trials are no exception. We need speedy, secure access to data sets that are large, complex, and diverse. By and large, big data has moved onto the cloud in recent years. Yet because of the limitations of the applications and processes used by most clinical research organizations, much of the information remains siloed in different systems. We end up spending hours trying to wrangle data from multiple sources in an effort to get the insights we need to effectively manage operations. But what if the clinical data you need wasn’t just scattered across multiple software systems (and spreadsheets)? What if you had a single platform from which to manage all of the information you need to maximize the efficiency of your research and speed medications and treatments to the market? What if, instead of sifting through disparate systems to gather and analyze pertinent data, you could automatically generate your data analytics with a few clicks? Below are just a few of the opportunities made available through automated data analytics. 

Optimize Clinical Trials

With the ability to analyze trial performance data in real-time, you’ll easily choose the best sites and investigators for your research, track trial progress, make informed decisions, and improve outcomes. With more accurate data, you can improve trial efficiency and lower overall costs.


Ensure Accuracy & Improve Data Quality

A streamlined platform that can integrate your systems will improve the accuracy and quality of your data. Manual methods of data gathering are tedious and prone to error. With automated data analytics, it’s much easier to see inconsistencies and gain valuable insights, and you’ll save valuable time.


Speed Up Treatment & Drug Development

With access to more historical data and the ability to analyze it automatically, you’ll gain better insight into the potential outcomes of current and future trials. A more efficient trial process also accelerates the pace at which you can develop new medicines and treatments—and get them to the patients who need them. 

These are just a few of the benefits automated data analytics can bring to clinical research leaders. With a cloud-based SaaS that integrates seamlessly with CTMS and other key systems to provide you with automated data analytics in real-time, you’ll get instant access to the insights you need to make better decisions and increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Book a demo with Devana Solutions today to learn more about our cloud-based data analytics software for the clinical trials industry that integrates seamlessly with CTMS and other key systems to keep success in the crosshairs.


Transform Your Clinical Trial Processes in 2022

While those of us who work in the clinical trial space have always known that the importance of our work cannot be overstated, there’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the importance of the clinical trials industry to the rest of the world as well. As we reflect back on the events of the past year, Devana Solutions is proud of the role we have played in supporting the development of life-saving vaccines, treatments, medical devices, and medications that have had a positive impact on quality of life for the patients who received them. As we look forward to 2022, we remain dedicated to supporting new discoveries in the field of medical research.

At Devana, we know that clinical trials are an essential part of ensuring that real people get the care they need to live better lives. We’re also aware how limited the options have been for managing clinical trial processes. Labor-intensive manual data entry and scattered spreadsheets with incomplete or missing information are common. Often “the left hand” will have no idea what “the right hand” is doing, especially if both of those “hands” belong to a research organization conducting more than a handful of trials at once. That’s why we developed our technology—to help you bring your goals for the future of medicine into alignment with your capabilities as a site, CRO, or sponsor. 

While there’s no telling what kinds of challenges 2022 might bring; the cumbersome, error-prone processes you currently struggle with don’t have to be among them. Imagine, instead, the opportunities that will unfold with Devana’s clinical trial technology that provides you with a single, cloud-based platform with real-time data.

From pre-award through  trial completion, our platform lets you effortlessly manage all of the information along the way. Clinical trial processes become a snap when you have instant access to all the necessary data required. You won’t have to worry about inaccuracies slowing down the trial award process and startup stage, because all of the necessary data for a site can quickly and easily be assessed and shared with CROs and sponsors. 

As your single solution to standardize, streamline, and automate all of your clinical trial processes, our platform will help you align with the right trials and speed therapies and treatments to the patients who need them most. Let 2022 be the year you take the first step towards transforming your clinical trial processes with Devana Solutions.

Book a demo with Devana Solutions today to learn more about our cloud-based data analytics software for the clinical trials industry that integrates seamlessly with CTMS and other key systems to keep success in the crosshairs.


How Technology Simplifies Clinical Trial Feasibility Assessments

Ah, the dreaded site assessment and feasibility: pages upon pages of requests for information. From equipment specifications to investigator experience to patient population, the amount of data needed to execute a clinical trial feasibility is onerous. You may have most of this information on hand—across a variety of spreadsheets, emails, documents—and in your head. But there may also be gaps in the information you have access to, leaving you no option but to put down your best guess and muddle through.

However, the accuracy of the data you provide in an assessment is vital. Sponsors and CROs need the information in a feasibility to be as precise as possible, or else how can they be sure a site will be able to perform as needed in a trial? Miscalculations and incomplete information could prevent you from being awarded the trials you deserve. On the other hand, an inaccurate feasibility could lead to being awarded a trial that your site cannot perform well, resulting in damage to your business and your reputation. This inevitably slows down or even halts the investigational process, causing delays in much-needed therapies, vaccines, and devices making it to the market—and to the patients who would benefit from them.  

Clinical Trial Feasibility Accuracy and Innovation

In the clinical trials industry, innovation and state-of-the-art technology are a part of the job. But until now, so many sites have been relying on outdated, error-prone manual processes to store and deliver their vital information. Devana Solutions is here to change that by bringing site feasibility assessments into the 21st century. With our clinical trial process management platform, you’ll have access to all of the data you need to flawlessly execute clinical trial feasibility assessments—within seconds. 

Performance for Indications & Therapeutic Areas

Devana’s platform gives you the ability to review a site’s past and current performance, as well as their experience in particular indications or therapeutic areas. This information can be displayed for your particular site, for a specific investigator, or even for the organization as a whole. You can easily see the number of trials and average enrollment metrics for those trials, such as patient volume, screen failure rate, early term rate, and contract fulfillment percentage. 

Performance with CROs & Sponsors

Common feasibility questions about your performance with specific CROs and sponsors include queries like how many studies are you currently running or have completed for a specific CRO or sponsor? What is your average study start-up time with that same CRO or sponsor? How long on average does it take your site(s) to screen the first patient once the study has been given the “green light?” Devana’s platform instantly provides this information for you. Among other metrics, you can see the number of trials performed for each CRO and sponsor, their turnaround time, and pertinent enrollment data. 

Clinical Trial Feasibility Investigator Information

Our platform’s investigator profiles centrally house all of the crucial documentation for your investigators, including CVs, medical licensing, and training certificates. No more digging into emails, computer folders, or physical files of photocopies just to fill out the investigator information in a feasibility assessment. With Devana’s platform, everything you need is in one place.

Site Information

All of the relevant information needed for a site feasibility assessment—from the basics such as contact info to the nitty-gritty details like therapeutic area experience, equipment on-site, staff-on site, and past FDA audit outcomes—is stored in our platform’s site profiles. You won’t need to sift through countless documents and spreadsheets just to get the necessary data—our platform provides it at the touch of a button.

Financial Information

Budget considerations are a common element of feasibility assessments, requiring you to provide fiscal details in a variety of areas. This financial information includes costs related to specific indications as well as particular CROs and sponsors. Devana’s platform stores and crunches the numbers for you, so it’s available anytime you need it. 

Feasibility assessments are essential for winning trial awards, but there’s no reason they should still be a stressful, manual, error-prone process. With Devana’s platform, you’ll effortlessly give CROs and sponsors the data and the insights they need to understand your strengths and weaknesses, optimize your performance, and win study awards.

Book a demo with Devana Solutions today to bring your clinical trial feasibility assessments into the 21st century.


How to Better Manage Your Clinical Trial Operations

One of the biggest challenges that clinical research organizations face is managing their vast influx of clinical trial opportunities from Sponsors, CROs and other potential sources. As anyone in this industry knows, there’s a lot of effort that goes into starting up a clinical trial; from sourcing the trial, to feasibility and site selection, to contract and budget negotiations, to regulatory and the many steps in between. Even today, in this advanced digital age, most research organizations are still relying upon mundane spreadsheets and manual processes to manage their trial activities. Why are we still doing this when there is technology available to make our lives easier? Devana Solutions’ innovative platforms help to increase efficiency around clinical trial processes for research organizations of all sizes, with varying needs. 

Managing New Clinical Trial Opportunities

Devana Solutions helps you track the pipeline of new clinical trial opportunities.  

Let’s say you’re a research organization with ten site locations that was just approached with a new clinical trial opportunity. In Devana, you can create the trial opportunity, once, completing details such as the name, trial origin, therapeutic area, protocol number, etc.; details that will not change regardless of which sites are conducting the trial.

Once you’ve created the trial within Devana, you can then add all ten sites to the trial, which creates a site activity and enrollment record for each site. Whether startup activities are handled centrally or at the site level, you will be able to track the completion of necessary milestones within Devana. If certain milestones are handled centrally, you only have to update the milestone once from the main trial page instead of having to update each individual site record, 10 different times.

Devana also offers built in, automated task management so important tasks never get missed, since we know there are many moving parts in managing a trial, in all stages.

Simplify Feasibility Questionnaires

One of the more frustrating situations during the feasibility process is not having complete data to quickly and easily respond to feasibility questionnaires.

When you have this information in a comprehensive system like Devana Solutions, it makes responding to a feasibility much easier since everything is at your fingertips.

One area where this is immensely beneficial is having concrete data surrounding your investigators’ historical and current trial performance. When completing feasibilities, do you know, without hesitation, how many trials they’ve participated in? Can you easily tell how many they are actively conducting? Or perhaps the feasibility is asking for data related to the indication. Do you know how many trials you’ve completed in a particular indication? What about your average enrollment percentage in that indication? Or screen failure and patient retention percentages? Devana Solutions allows you to instantly access data whether it’s sorted by the trial, indication, investigator, site or the entire organization.

Sort Your Decentralized Site Data in Seconds

In the age of decentralized trials, it can be difficult to sort through each sites’ capabilities to determine which sites are compatible when presented with a new trial opportunity. Sure, you may have a spreadsheet detailing each sites’ therapeutic capabilities and equipment on site, but how time consuming is it to sort through this information manually? Or what if a site makes a sudden change to their capabilities? How can you be confident that the information you have on hand is accurate? Certainly, you can call or email the site each time you receive a new feasibility, but who has time for that? 

These manual processes may not be too cumbersome if you have two or three sites, but what happens when you have two to three dozen or more?  Devana Solutions tracks all of the key information for each site so that you are able to quickly query the data for all site locations to determine which sites or investigators are capable of conducting a particular trial. But how can Devana help ensure that you always have the most accurate data on your sites? Through Devana’s site-facing interface, LYNK, which allows site-level users to update their capabilities in real-time, so that your teams can be rest assured that the information they rely upon for precise site-selection is accurate.

Is your site maximizing its potential to conduct trials more efficiently and reliably? Are you easily able to access critical data to make better business decisions? If not, you’re not alone. Come join the numerous industry leaders who made the decision to partner with Devana.  Book a demo with our team by clicking here, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.  


Clinical Trial Analytics Visibility Has Never Been Easier with Devana Solutions

Bridging data gaps in the clinical trial space can be the deciding factor in losing and securing clinical trial opportunities. If you’re in the role of business development, you’re likely the one who is most concerned with bridging these gaps, hitting your clinical trial targets, and winning more awards. But do not fret, because once you tap into the power of Devana Solutions, a comprehensive clinical trial analytics platform, business decisions have never been simpler and as precise.

Devana Solutions’ Clinical Trial Analytics Platform Expands Visibility

While you may already have systems in place that provide data on an active trial, you may be operating with blinders that cause you to miss crucial data points for your entire research operation. By utilizing Devana Solutions, you can make more informed decisions by expanding and opening up your peripheral clinical trial vision to analyze real-time data across your entire investigative footprint.

How much visibility do you currently have once you receive a new protocol synopsis for consideration?

Applying Devana Solutions’ Clinical Trial Analytics Platform to Your Protocol Synopsis

Our clients tell us that one thing that hindered them before using Devana Solutions’ clinical trial analytics platform was a lack of visibility into their research operations, as a whole. They share that they value Devana Solutions’ ability to recognize potential for additional opportunities. Instead of hunting for opportunities, one by one, Devana Solutions allows them to filter and collate all of the opportunities into one easy-to-use dashboard that’s customized to what’s important to their organization.

Devana Solutions helps business development decision-makers gain insight into their organization’s potential, including, but not limited to:

  • What resources do we have available to conduct a new trial?
  • What indications do we perform well in (or those we do not)?
  • What is the forecasted revenue for trials in this indication?

View Your Opportunities and Research Operations with Devana Solutions’ Clinical Trial Analytics Platform

Let’s say that you have four active and enrolling trials, in the same indication, that your site(s) is doing well. Because of this success, you’ve been approached to conduct additional trials in the same indication, but you need to determine which is the best fit for your organization or if you have the necessary bandwidth and patient population to conduct. Devana Solutions‘ clinical trial analytics platform presents you with a broader view into these opportunities, as well as your research operations, to help make this decision faster and more accurately.

With real-time data at your fingertips, a cloud-based platform to house your account and contact information and email integration to never lose sight of important interactions, Devana Solutions is the answer to connecting and aligning your site(s) with CROs and Sponsors for more of the right trial awards.

Devana Solutions’ Case Study

Help your organization gain the competitive advantage and narrow the hunt for opportunities, while staying on target. Learn more about what Devana Solutions is doing for Medical University of South Carolina in this case study.

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Recap: 2021 SCRS Site Solutions Summit and Looking Ahead to 2022

The clinical trial industry is still abuzz after the amazing 2021 SCRS Site Solutions Summit in Hollywood, Florida. From the informative workshops and collaborative exhibit hall discussions to the receptions, everyone walked away with an enlightened perspective to push the clinical trial space forward. The team at Devana Solutions has assembled some of its thoughts and highlights from one of the industry’s biggest events of the year.

Devana Solutions CEO and Co-founder, Barry Lake, participated in several workshops and panels. He kicked off a Friday afternoon session with a discussion on the future of decentralized, patient-centric clinical trials with Irfan Khan, CEO of Circuit Clinical,

Paul Evans, CEO of Velocity Clinical Research, Jeff Kingsley, CEO of IACT Health & COO of hyperCORE, and Kristen Andrews, Senior Director, Labcorp Drug Development.

From left to right: Irfan Khan, MD, Dr. Jeff Kingsley, Dr. G. Paul Evans, Barry Lake, and Kristin Andrews

“This workshop brought together some of the sharpest minds and most accomplished professionals in the clinical trial industry to form a powerful ‘think tank’ to kick off our first day, and we had perspectives from both the site and Sponsor/CRO sides,” said Lake.

From left to right: Irfan Khan, MD, Kristin Andrews, Dr. Jeff Kingsley, Dr. G. Paul Evans

SCRS’ Site Solutions Summit is all about advancing the clinical trial industry forward, including advancements in purpose-built technology, such as Devana Solutions.

One technology-related panel discussion, of which Lake participated, also included RealTime CTMS’ CEO, Rick Greenfield. RealTime CTMS and Devana Solutions have a current API-integration, providing a multitude of benefits to their mutual clients. Lake and Greenfield both emphasized that “interoperability” of tech systems is fundamental to site success and ultimately, sponsor and CRO success.

“Technology, like what Devana Solutions offers, must meet the needs of all parties involved, from sites and CROs to sponsors,” Lake said. As this industry evolves, “there may never be a common platform utilized by the entire industry.”

While the workshops and panels offered incredible insight into where the clinical trial industry is headed, it was the open dialogue between all industry stakeholders that really laid the foundation for success.   

Devana Solutions’ Vice President of Operations, Linda Parks, met with several of our partners and acknowledged that the dialogue helps lead a mutual learning process. “Each conversation reveals more, and what we take away from SCRS’ Site Solutions Summit is invaluable. We enjoyed hearing from colleagues about the specific technology pain points that are preventing them from making data-backed end-to-end decisions to their clinical trial operations,” said Parks.

From left to right: Emily Wike, Lorraine Da Mata

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Emily Wike, optimistically saw conference attendees step back and view their processes from a higher altitude. “The interest in Devana grows more with each conference. For those that just learned about Devana, their eyes were opened to a whole new way to manage their clinical trials,” said Wike.

While our out-of-the-box solutions are certainly beneficial, it’s Devana Solutions’ unique ability to customize its technology to each research organization’s specific needs and processes that is pivotal. “No research organization wants to be constrained during the study startup process, and they certainly shouldn’t be constrained by a technology forcing major process change,” said Shenefield.  “One-by-one, people who stopped by our booth were amazed at the level of customization that we provide as a partner, to unlock those key insights that shape better clinical trial business decisions,” said Shenefield. 

Above: Roxanne Shenefield

At this year’s SCRS Site Solutions Summit, while our main focus was to bring about a positive shift in the clinical trial space, being face to face and sharing an occasional fist bump or handshake, was an overdue and welcomed experience.

If you stopped by our booth, you may have enjoyed a few of the fun activities we hosted, like meeting Devana, the Huntress, live and in the flesh.  

From left to right: Linda Parks, Lorraine Da Mata, Devana, Emily Wike, Roxanne Shenefield

Devana had quite a few friends stop to take photos with her, including Aspen Insights, LLC and Optimed Research

Pictured with Devana from left to right; Brianna McKernon and Kate Collins
Pictured with Devana from left to right; Annie Schertzer and Damea Alexander

Others stopped by our booth for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card through an archery contest; hit the bullseye and win! Devana Solutions helps research organizations stay on target, after all, and we witnessed some pretty decent marksmen.

Longtime friend of Devana Solutions and client-partner, Craig Koch of Velocity Clinical, took dead aim and nailed the bullseye.

Those who were new to the innovative Devana Solutions technology scheduled a demo at the booth. Wike summed up the reaction from demo participants, “I was told by many, after viewing a demo, that we caused them to rethink their current processes. The most common customer need discussed was around growing research organizations; they are simply too busy and growing too quickly to be able to manage their clinical trials in spreadsheets or other systems that are not clinical trials industry-specific. They were relieved to know that Devana existed as a solution.” 

Once the demos and exhibit hall fun came to an end, attendees migrated to the awards ceremony and dinner on Saturday night.

Devana Solutions would like to congratulate both Pfizer and PPD as the SCRS Eagle Award recipients as Sponsor and CRO of Choice, respectively, as well as the Christine K. Pierre Site Impact Award recipient, Michele Cameron, Director of Clinical Research, Clearwater Cardiovascular Consultants. We would also like to recognize industry veteran and HCA Healthcare’s VP of Research and Compliance, David Vulcano, and the contributions he has made to the clinical trial industry thus far and are excited to see the mark he makes as the new Honorary President of the Society for Clinical Research Sites.

Will we see you at the 2022 SCRS Site Solutions Summit? With plans already underway, next year’s Summit is to take place October 7th through 9th, with Site Symposiums starting on October 6th. We are already making our plans and we can’t wait to see you, once again!

“There is so much to benefit from attending the SCRS Site Solutions Summit, spending quality time and exchanging insights with our industry partners. Our team is already discussing how to make the 2022 Summit even better than the last,” said Lake.

But don’t wait until 2022 to talk to us!  and discuss your clinical trial data management pain points now. Let’s find a solution today!  Please reach out to us using the contact form below.

2021 SCRS Site Solutions Summit: Clinical Trial Data Management Success

The 2021 SCRS Site Solutions Summit is finally here! If you’re like our team, you’re probably packing up and heading to the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, for a great weekend of learning and networking to enhance your clinical trial operations. During most clinical research conferences, one of the most frequently discussed topics is data management. Many research organizations discover that they lack the proper tools for complete data analysis. The team at Devana Solutions wants to ensure that having the knowledge and tools to produce precise data is a big part of your SCRS Site Solutions Summit experience.

The Key to Comprehensive Clinical Trial Data Management

Did you know that approximately 70% of data is lost during the clinical trial process? This creates tremendous blind spots for all clinical trial stakeholders. This lack of visibility means that clinical trial executives are losing out on the advantages to make more targeted business decisions. Devana Solutions developed an end-to-end technology solution to satisfy your clinical trial data needs, and spending just 15 minutes looking at the platform will open your mind to new ways to manage critical data to ensure your organization is on the right track.

Discussing Clinical Trial Data Management

Aside from a demo of the Devana Solutions platform, there are three data-centric events at the SCRS Site Solutions Summit we’d like to put on your radar.

We first want to alert you to Master Workshop III, Position Your Site to Lead the Charge to the Future of Decentralized, Patient-centric Clinical Trials. The event takes place Friday, October 1st at 2:00 PM:

Devana Solutions CEO and Co-Founder Barry Lake, will lead an interactive discussion on the rapid evolution, spurred by the pandemic, towards a more decentralized, patient-centric approach to designing and executing clinical trials.

Joining Barry will be:
Irfan Khan, CEO of Circuit Clinical
Paul Evans, CEO of Velocity Clinical Research
Jeff Kingsley, CEO of IACT Health & COO of hyperCORE
Kristen Andrews, Senior Director, Labcorp Drug Development

The second event we recommend adding to your calendar occurs Saturday, October 2nd at 1:30 PM. This event is Breakout Session I, What We Really Want: Site & Patient Input for Vendors with Respect to Technology.

Similar to a focus group, this Breakout Session will collaboratively collect perspectives from the field to help impress future technology adoption and advancement.
Devana Solutions CEO and Co-Founder Barry Lake, will serve as one of the panelists alongside Mary Costello, Head of Site & Investigator Network, Medable, Inc.
The event will be facilitated by Doug Schantz, VP, Clinical Operations, Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
The third event swings specifically back to clinical trial data management. Breakout Session II, Trust-Building: Utilizing Your Data to Validate Your Site takes place Saturday, October 2nd at 3:00 PM.

This session will help you understand the data sources that sponsors and CROs are using to further validate your site and provide perspective on what kinds of data you should track and share to position your site for selection.

Devana Solutions CEO and Co-Founder Barry Lake, will facilitate the panel.
He will be joined by Kerry Gorman of IQVIA and Jeff Stein of Stamford Therapeutics Consortium.

Gain Hands-On Control of Clinical Trial Data Management with a Devana Solutions Demo

While you will be engaged in discussion and taking notes at the above sessions, the best way to see your expanded use of data is to view a demo from a leading clinical trial data management platform, like Devana Solutions.

Navigating through the Devana Solutions’ platform, you’ll find customized workflow automation and data around, but not limited to, these critical areas:
Business development
Feasibility and site selection
Contract and budget negotiations
Startup activities and timelines
Indication performance history
Site and investigator capabilities

Devana Solutions unlocks key data and provides complete visibility into all aspects of the clinical trial process, giving your research organization a competitive edge.
During this 15-minute demo, the Devana Solutions team will walk through each step of our customization process to ensure that you are capturing the key metrics specific to your organization – before and after the trial.

Interested in scheduling a demo before you arrive at the Summit? Connect with our team here, and add a Devana demo to your “to-do” list. Need a guide to other must-attend events? We’ve put that list together for you. See you at the SCRS Global Site Solutions Summit!

2021 SCRS Site Solutions Summit: Clinical Trial Data Management Demo

The SCRS Global Site Solutions Summit is quickly approaching, and the clinical research industry is eager to reunite, face to face, in Hollywood, Florida. While a great time will be had by all, we are most excited about making improvements in the clinical trial space. From sensational speakers to informative sessions and workshops, to the exhibitor booths, there is something for everyone at the Site Solutions Summit; and while there are many valuable events at the Summit, spending just 15 minutes at the Devana Solutions’ booth for a live demo of our innovative platform could result in a significant and positive impact on your research organization.

Here’s what you can gain from a 15-minute demo of the Devana Solutions’ platform.

Gain a Complete View of the Clinical Trial Data Stream

From initial trial lead through close-out, the amount of data to be analyzed can become overwhelming. Many research organizations only focus on analytics centered around active clinical trials and patient visits, but by doing so, they are missing out on critical data that can be used to their advantage.

Navigating through the Devana Solutions’ platform, you’ll find workflow automation and data around business development, feasibility and site selection, contract and budget negotiations, startup activities and timelines, indication performance history, site and investigator capabilities, and much more. Devana Solutions helps to unlock key data and provides complete visibility into all aspects of the clinical trial process, giving your research organization a competitive edge.

Utilize Clinical Trial Data to Make Better Business Decisions

Many technologies claim to track key data around the clinical trial process, but is this data relevant to your organization or only to the trial, itself? While we can agree that there is key data that all research organizations should be tracking at the trial level, what about an organization’s internal metrics around their unique processes? Devana Solutions works with each client to customize their platform to provide metrics that are specific to their organization, not just the trial. This is a different approach than other clinical trial technology solution providers take. By tailoring our robust platform to each client, based on their current processes and future goals, Devana’s clients are able to make more informed business decisions. When you participate in a Devana demo, we invite you to ask questions around your own needs and future goals so we can show you how Devana’s technology can bring your vision to life.

Experience New Efficiencies in the Clinical Trial Process

By tailoring Devana’s platform specifically to each research organization, our clients benefit from an unsurpassed level of workflow automation to increase their efficiency throughout multiple processes, whether they be relative to the trial itself or other organizational-specific processes. By streamlining these processes, Devana clients are able to save a significant amount of time and reduce or completely eliminate duplicate data-entry. During a Devana demo, you may start to question your current processes and that’s okay; that’s what we expect you to do. Challenge the status quo and ask yourself how Devana can help you streamline your processes and make the day-to-day a little less cumbersome.

Learn How Devana Solutions Integrates with Your Existing Software

While Devana Solutions is valuable as a standalone product to manage clinical trial startup activities and internal processes, it is complementary with other technology solutions that you may already be utilizing. Currently, Devana Solutions has a full integration with three of the major CTMS providers; RealTime CTMS, Clinical Research I.O. (CRIO), and Clinical Conductor.

Connecting these technologies allows research organizations to save time on study-build within the CTMS by reducing duplicate data entry for study teams. These integrations also provide real-time screening and enrollment metrics to be captured for robust analysis and reporting within Devana, offering a true end to end clinical trial operating system.

Aside from CTMS integrations, Devana also integrates with MailChimp, Tableau and Outlook and with an open API-structure, has the ability to do custom integrations for their clients. We welcome you to ask about integration possibilities during your Devana demo.

Here’s what some of the industry’s biggest names say about their success with Devana Solutions.

Meet our team

Stop by Booth 512, to meet a few of the Devana Solutions’ family, including our CEO and Co-founder, Barry Lake, Vice-President of Operations, Linda Parks,

Director of Customer Success, Roxanne Shenefield, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Emily Wike and Customer Success Specialist, Lorraine Da Mata.

Interested in scheduling a demo before you arrive at the Summit? Connect with our team here, and add a Devana demo to your “to-do” list. Need a guide to other must-attend events? We’ve put that list together for you. See you at the SCRS Site Solutions Summit!

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