Pharmaceutical industry, as well as basic science, depend on robust data and scientific rigor as key drivers for decision making, patent strength and time-to-market, which in turn will determine knowledge gain and availability of new treatments to patients. Recent publications report challenges with the robustness, rigor, and/or validity of research data, which may impact decisions about whether to proceed to preclinical and clinical testing as well as conclusions on the predictability of preclinical models. There is a need for simple, sustainable solutions that facilitate data quality. We will propose simple, sustainable solutions that facilitate data quality without impacting innovation and freedom of research.
Our consortium will pool resources from both academia and industry to pilot this action in Neuroscience and Safety, but with applicability beyond these R&D areas.
The European Quality In Preclinical Data (EQIPD) consortium will
- (i) define those variables in study design and data analysis that influence outcome in pre-clinical neuroscience (focus on Alzheimer’s disease and psychosis) and (neuro-)safety studies conducted in industry; and establish whether these are the same variables which influence outcome in academia;
- (ii) define the components which will make up the EQIPD quality management system;
- (iii) define consensus quality management recommendations for non-regulated R&D;
- (iv) validate the feasibility of the quality management system in prospective studies;
- (v) deliver an online educational platform providing certified education and training in the principles and application of quality and rigour.
We will use systematic review and meta-analysis of historical data sets from industry and academia to identify variables of study design which determine outcomes in preclinical studies. Informed by the outcome of these analyses, we will use a Delphi approach to reach consensus around core principles for preclinical robustness, validate these approaches in cross site experiments and establish ring testing experiments in non-regulated research. We will develop a quality system framework to attest to compliance and a governance system to ensure sustainability and relevance. We will develop an educational platform to ensure research community-wide expansion of knowledge on criteria and principles necessary to address robustness and quality. Junior researchers are involved in many of the tasks and are enrolled in an academia/industry joint exchange scheme. They will form the core from where a cultural change should emerge in form of a ripple effect.
Consortium members have made pivotal scientific and policy contributions relating to the robustness, rigor and validity of pre-clinical research in the past and together have the know-how and infrastructure necessary to succeed in this highly ambitious project.
The University Court Of The University Of Aberdeen
Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine
Ucb Biopharma Srl
Noldus Information Technology Bv
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit
Novartis Pharma Ag
Universitaet Bern Science Exchange Inc.
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ag
Stichting Buro Ecnp
Boehringer Ingelheim Internationalgmbh
Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Universitaetsmedizin Der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz
Sanofi-Aventis Recherche & Developpement
Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Institut De Recherches Servier
Concentris Research Management Gmbh
Janssen Pharmaceutica Nv
The University Of Edinburgh