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DEI & Clinical Trials – Driving Meaningful Change

9 June 2022

As health systems around the globe grapple with addressing inequity in healthcare, one of the most tangible opportunities for change is the chronic underrepresentation of individuals by race, ethnicity, or sex in clinical trials. Jen & Ryan are joined by Vynamic’s Matt Howard to discuss how life science companies can integrate diversity, equity & inclusion throughout the clinical trials process to facilitate better outcomes. Better representation across patient types is critical to demonstrate safety and efficacy – it’s both good science and good business (01:18). However, truly integrating DEI is going to require more than ‘bolting on’ diverse patient recruitment practices – it will require an operational and mindset shift that necessitates an appreciation of the historic inequities within the clinical trial space (03:22). Opportunities to improve DEI abound throughout the clinical trial lifecycle – from reevaluating exclusion criteria (06:27) and protocol design (08:46), to reallocating resources across sites and focusing on tailored interactions with participant communities (15:00). Incorporating these tactics into a long-term strategy will require leaders to move away from a ‘speed first’ approach (21:30) and embrace opportunities for partnership across all stages of the clinical trial continuum (24:15)


For additional information on DEI in Clinical Trials, check out Vynamic’s insight “Integrating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Throughout Clinical Trials” and case study “Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Across Research & Development.”


Podcast Tags: healthcare, health equity, diversity, DEI, clinical trials, life sciences, providers, FDA

Source Links:

· https://vynamic.com/insights/integrating-diversity-equity-inclusion-throughout-clinical-trials/

· https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/enhancing-diversity-clinical-trial-populations-eligibility-criteria-enrollment-practices-and-trial

· https://www.abbott.com/diversity-in-clinical-trials.html

· https://www.fpm.org.uk/blog/fpm-conversation-blog-enabling-a-greater-diversity-of-people-in-clinical-trials/

· https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/why-are-health-studies-so-white/487046/

· https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMms2004740

· https://www.mckinsey.com/NotFound.aspx?item=%2findustries%2flife-sciences%2four-insights%2fno-place-like-home-stepping-up-the-decentralization-of-clinical-trials16&user=extranet%5cAnonymous&site=website

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Matt Howard, Director

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Ryan Hummel, Executive and Head of Provider Sector

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Jen Burke, Director and Healthcare Industry Strategist

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About Vynamic

Vynamic, an Inizio Advisory company, is a leading management consulting partner to global health organizations across Life Sciences, Health Services, and Health Technology. Founded and headquartered in Philadelphia, Vynamic has offices in Boston, Durham NC, New York, and London. Our purpose is simple: We believe there is a better way. We are passionate about shaping the future of health, and for more than 20 years we’ve helped clients transform by connecting strategy to action.

Through a structured, yet flexible delivery model, our accomplished leaders work as an extension of client teams, enabling growth, performance, and culture. Vynamic has been recognized by organizations like Great Place to Work and Business Culture Awards for being leaders and innovators in consulting, company culture, and health. Visit Vynamic.com to discover how we can help transform your
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