The Importance of CROs During the Pandemic: PPD Instrumental in the Success Thus Far of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Study

The Importance of CROs During the Pandemic: PPD Instrumental in the Success Thus Far of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Study

TrialSite reported recently that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate known as mRNA-1273 fared quite well thus far based on an interim analysis of data from the Phase 3 COVE study shared by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--appointed Data Safety Monitoring Board known as the DSMB. With 90 cases analyzed, the DSMB reported a safety efficacy of 94.5%, a compelling data point besting the already exciting news from Pfizer and BioNTech that their jointly developed vaccine, BNT162b2, has to date a 90% efficacy rate. In Moderna’s recent press release the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech company made it a point to share that their contract research organization (CRO) PPD was “essential to the successful execution of the COVE study.” This acknowledgement emphasizes the vital importance CROs play now in not only managing clinical trials on behalf of the pharmaceutical or biotech company (biopharmaceutical) but also across the drug development value chain.  

The Phase 3 COVE study has been conducted under unprecedented conditions, in the eye of a pandemic storm, one unlike the modern world has seen or experienced. And it wasn’t the only clinical trial as multiple major clinic...

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