The Sussex business and academic communities are an important part of One Research’s partnership network. And although we work in a global market, our locality has inspired and supported us throughout. Sussex is part of our identity and our brand. The university, in the South Downs National Park, is our home. The Sussex Business Awards 2019 are a celebration of business excellence. One Research joins that celebration by sponsoring the coveted Businessperson of the Year award. We look forward to meeting the inspirational leaders who make Sussex such a vibrant business hub. The finals take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, on Thursday 5th December 2019. If you are planning to make the trip, we look forward to meeting you too.
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One Research launches an innovative Mastercard® service to support patient recruitment and retention
The One Research Mastercard service was developed in response to a client’s request for a straightforward and cost-effective solution to cover patients’ clinical-research expenses. As a company that specialises in patient recruitment, we have seen the problems associated with slow reimbursement and how this can significantly impact on both recruitment and retention. In our recent survey of 3,500 patients, 60% of respondents said that travel expenses are a key consideration in deciding to take part in research. All too frequently the onus is placed on the patient to fund their own participation and then submit an expense claim for later reimbursement. From feedback we have been given, many organisations attempt to reimburse patients in around two to four weeks, but it can take up to nine weeks for a claim to be processed. We investigated card and expense providers from both the pharma and financial services industries but found that they didn’t offer the operational flexibility required and were also prohibitively expensive. Our findings prompted us to develop our own cost-effective, scalable and straightforward solution. The One Research Mastercard is more than just [...]
Sussex Innovation Centre-based One Research was founded in 2010 in response to the problem of recruiting and retaining volunteer patients in sufficient numbers for clinical-research studies. Co-founder and first-time entrepreneur, Alistair Crombie, highlights some of the benefits of being based at the Centre. Many people have business ideas, but it is a big step to go from notes on a napkin to a fully fledged operation. As I see it, the role of science parks and innovation centres, like the Sussex Innovation Centre, is to provide first-time entrepreneurs like myself with the resources, skills and, most importantly, the confidence to take that step. My first experience of the Centre came in the form of an interview with its Executive Director, Mike Herd. Mike’s speciality is strategic insight, particularly spotting the opportunities to refine a business model – getting his feedback at such an early stage was a valuable proving ground before taking on the risk of starting a business. The main things that the Centre looks for in potential members are an innovative idea, and the ambition on the part of the entrepreneur [...]
Clinical trials are expensive to run and notoriously time-consuming, but many of these costs and delays are down to inefficiencies associated with recruiting and retaining patients, outlines a new white paper commissioned by One Research. Ten years ago the IBM Institute for Business Value produced a report concluding that “inefficient patient recruitment processes will increasingly become a formidable barrier to pharmaceutical companies’ success in launching new products,” and called for improvements in the patient-recruitment process “to avoid wasted investments and eliminate costly delays in bringing new drugs to market”. These issues “are yet to be eradicated”, note researchers from the University of Sussex Innovation Centre in the new white paper Improving Standards of Patient Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Trials. Broadly speaking, they conclude that significant costs and delays might be avoided by empowering patients more effectively, streamlining the recruitment process for both patients and clinicians, and reducing workload for clinicians and researchers. The report - which draws on insights from a wide range of stakeholders including the clinical-research sector, pharma, CROs and patient advocacy groups - says the industry must improve [...]