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General Clinical Trials Information

Clinical trials are conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for health interventions like gene therapy products. These trials can take place only after satisfactory information has been gathered on the quality of the non-clinical safety, and Health Authority/Ethics Committee approval is granted in the country where the trial is taking place.

Depending on the type of product and the stage of its development, investigators enroll healthy volunteers and/or patients into small pilot studies initially, followed by larger scale studies in patients that often compare the new product with the currently prescribed treatment. As positive safety and efficacy data are gathered, the number of patients is typically increased. Participants in clinical trials can gain access to new treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.

Due to the sizable cost a full series of clinical trials may incur, the burden of paying for all the necessary people and services is usually borne by the sponsor who may be a governmental organization, a pharmaceutical, or biotechnology company. Since the diversity of roles may exceed resources of the sponsor, often a clinical trial is managed by an outsourced partner such as a contract research organization or a clinical trials unit in the academic sector.



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Gene Therapy Net is not intended to replace or constitute the giving of medical treatments or advice. Gene Therapy Net will not answer any questions related to treatments, medical advice or participation in clinical trials.

Your doctor may be an excellent resource to help identify clinical trials for a particular disease.

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