Clinical research trials are experiments that evaluate the effectiveness and safety of new medications and devices by monitoring their effects on people. They are usually funded by pharmaceutical and medical device companies or governmental organizations. As suggested above, trials can involve drugs or devices.

Medical devices are tested by comparing the new device with a similar device or by comparing the new device with an established therapy. Drugs are tested by humans. They are usually divided into two or three groups - one receives the new experimental drug, the second receive a placebo and eventually the third group receives a tried and tested drug.

There can be four outcomes of a clinical trial:

  • Positive trial - the new method is superior to current treatment
  • Non-inferior trial - the new drug or device is has the same results as current methods
  • Inconclusive trial - it cannot be said the a new solution is better or worse
  • Negative trial - the tested method has worse results than current drugs/devices

Clinical research and trials are essential for the life science industry. It is where breakthroughs in healthcare are achieved. Having a partner who has experience in translating trials' results and additional documents can speed up the time it takes for the product to reach the market.