Performing environmental exposure clinical trials when testing new asthma and allergy drugs requires special facilities where allergen delivery can be precisely controlled. While this precision helps to perform an experiment, such facilities are typically stationary and located in specialty centers. This limits researchers’ ability to gather a patient sample that represents a desired demographic, whether geographic or symptomatic.
The folks at Inflamax (Mississauga, ON, Canada), a company that’s been building brick and mortar environmental exposure chambers, have released their Next Generation Mobile Environmental Exposure Chamber that can be brought just about anywhere and setup to perform trials. Modeled on stationary chambers, the company hopes the new system will provide pharmaceutical firms the ability to do studies on a precisely targeted population without having to fly folks to centers far from home.
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“Up to now EEC studies could only be performed in a single center setting within a fixed EEC site. This has limited the usefulness of this powerful technology to small, single center studies in one geographic location. There have been major challenges in recruiting specific types of subjects for these studies due to the limited volunteer pool locally, as well, the available volunteers have already been treated with immunomdulators which in some cases, excludes them from participation in future studies. With the Mobile EEC system, we can now go to geographic locations where the volunteers are. With the availability of Inflamax’s Mobile EEC system, we have noticed a significant decline in the interest in conducting fixed single site EEC studies from our clients in favor of the multi-center EEC approach.” says Dr Piyush Patel, CEO of Inflamax.
Inflamax has developed a network of Investigators in North America and Europe who will participate as sites to recruit subjects in diverse geographic locations for multi-center EEC trials. These investigator sites can recruit specific populations from their databases. With the availability of the Mobile EEC system, the potential pool of subjects is vastly increased.
Product page: Inflamax’s Next Generation Mobile EEC…