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The Lilly Clinical Open Innovation (LCOI) blog, like much of the work we do in innovation, started as a thoughtful experiment. We believed that a blog would provide a great opportunity to openly explore clinical innovation topics and drive discussions around improving the patient experience. So in March of 2012, we launched the LCOI blog with the publication of our first post.
What was initially an experiment has turned into a wonderful and rewarding success! Since that first blog post over three years ago, we’ve published over 210 additional posts, while continuing to learn and evolve along the way. We’ve had many fantastic discussions with you, our audience, about how to improve the clinical trial experience for patients, meanwhile speeding innovation and scientific discovery. And we’re just getting started.
Hello, dear blog followers! Given your wonderful support of Lilly Clinical Open Innovation (LCOI), we wanted you to be the first to know that our blog is moving. More details about our move will be shared in a forthcoming blog post, but in the meantime, we’d like to share some highlights with you.
Next week the LCOI blog will be moved over to LillyPad, Lilly’s corporate blog. You will be able to find all of our posts, past and future, in LillyPad’s new Clinical Innovation section. Our Twitter handle will remain the same. As a blog subscriber, you should also know that you will no longer have the ability to subscribe to blogs via email, though we are looking to add that capability. To make sure that you are notified as new posts are published, we recommend that you subscribe to our RSS feed.
Thank you so much for the support you have shown LCOI. We look forward to expanding the conversation with you as we move to a new platform and begin this new chapter. See you next week at our new home!
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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke
Apple has a knack for making technology that, to paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, feels a bit magical. It turns out that’s the sort of technology people strongly prefer to use. As a result, Apple has built a loyal consumer following, suggesting that commitment to a delightful technology experience is simply good business. Professionals in all industries have taken note of Apple’s success, and clinical research professionals are no exception.
I and others working in clinical innovation have looked to Apple for inspiration on how we might use technology to improve the patient experience. How can we make research participation more delightful and less frustrating? How can we distill a very complex process into an experience that feels very simple for research participants? How can we make clinical research more…Apple-like? Now we won’t have to look much further for potential answers. Apple itself is seeking to answer these questions.
Apple recently announced ResearchKit, creating waves far beyond the clinical research community. ResearchKit is an open-source framework that provides researchers and application developers with a platform to build mobile study apps. Apple’s announcement was accompanied by the release of five ResearchKit-built apps. Because the ResearchKit framework integrates multiple capabilities into one platform, researchers have a single destination to conduct research. And patients have a single destination to participate in research, simply by downloading any chosen study app onto their mobile device.
The story of clinical trials is a story of progress. From the first documented experiment, to recent explorations of DNA sequencing in drug development, clinical research has played an important role in improving the health of people all over the world.
We’re glad that International Clinical Trials Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate this story every year. Last year, we imagined what James Lind’s scurvy study, widely believed to be the first controlled clinical trial, might have looked like on ClinicalTrials.gov. This year, we’re expanding our scope a little to bring you an interactive timeline of the history of clinical trials.
Click the image to view The History of Clinical Trials interactive timeline.