Optimising Home Healthcare in Clinical Trials Through Strategic Partnership

Sponsored by: World Courier

Focused on:

  • Home Visits
  • Clinical Trials

Date: 6 April


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Explore the value of home visits in clinical trials, how it works and how to maximise the impact on the patient via home IMP administration

Patient recruitment and retention remain the two biggest challenges faced by pharmaceutical companies when conducting a clinical trial. For a patient, participation in a clinical trial can be stressful and burdensome, resulting in one in four patients dropping out of a clinical trial prior to completion. Investigator sites also face patient education and staff resourcing issues which result in 30% of sites recruiting one or less patients. With sponsors facing tight-timelines and regulatory challenges, the added costs of patient recruitment and retention issues can prove onerous. The complexity of clinical trials and the trend to more specific patient profile leads to increasing difficulties finding treatment naive patients. This is making recruitment harder and necessitates an evolution of the model to address this challenge.

Patient education and patient-centric approaches to clinical trials are therefore now more important than ever. Taking the clinical trial to the patient's home through trained medical personnel and direct-to-patient drug delivery, minimizes inconvenience to patients and thereby allowing for a smoother trial with fewer disruptions, increasing value and effectiveness to clinical studies globally.

An innovative new partnership by the Medical Research Network (MRN) and World Courier, an AmerisourceBergen Company, seeks to address these issues combining MRN's expertise as an innovator in at-home clinical trials and World Courier's standing as the world leader in specialty logistics. In this webinar Sam Herbert COO at World Courier and Dr Graham Wylie CEO of MRN will look at how the combined model allows sponsor companies to gain competitive advantage approach using many years of experience across both companies. They will address the reasoning behind this strategic partnership, what benefits it allows to sponsors for study planning and execution, and how the future of healthcare may be to embrace a community based approach.

Join us to explore how integration of services may be the key to improving patient experience and moving medicine forwards.

Presented by

Sam Herbert,

Chief Operating Officer

Sam is the Chief Operating Officer for World Courier and has responsibility for World Courier's global functions. He joined World Courier in 2013 as Vice President of Strategy. Previously, he was a partner in Oliver Wyman's Health and Life Sciences practice where he advised some of the world's leading pharmaceutical, healthcare and pharmaceutical services companies, including AmerisourceBergen. Sam holds an AB of Economics, cum laude, from Harvard College and is based in World Courier's global headquarters in London.

Dr. Graham Wylie,

Chief Executive Officer for MRN

Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for Pfizer, Parexel and Healthcare at Home. He was also named as one of the most influential leaders in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVOICE 100 in 2014. Graham joined Healthcare at Home in 2005 to set up their trial division and led the management buy out to create MRN in 2006.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the implications of patient recruitment and retention issues.
  • Hear about the value of an integrated solution and how quality and compliance are improved and competitive advantage can be gained
  • Discover how home trial visits increase retention and enrolment. Find methods to maximise home visits.
  • Uncover the impact a patient-centric approach can have on trials and patients.


  • Clinical Project Managers
  • Clinical Development Managers
  • Clinical Operations Managers
  • Clinical Directors
  • Head of Clinical Development
  • Head of Clinical Research
  • Patient Recruitment Managers
  • Patient Recruitment
  • Feasibility Managers
  • Patient Centricity Leads
  • Clinical Supply Leads
  • Logistics Managers