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PPD provides a best-in-class, turnkey solution that encompasses our in-house urologic therapeutic experts, key opinion leaders (KOLs), biostatistics and patient-reported outcome (PRO) experts to ensure the successful conduct of your program. Our experts have sharpened their skills through involvement in most of the Phase III OAB development programs over the past decade, and you will see their value-adding contributions in areas such as study design suggestions, eDiary recommendations, study delivery and preparations for launch. We work with clients to create a customized solution, ensuring program objectives and endpoints are met and the data and analysis challenges inherent in urologic studies are fully addressed.

PPD has extensive experience in planning and implementing Phase I-IV programs for urology studies across several countries and sites. 

With global experience across multiple urology indications, we have conducted trials in recent years in the following:

  • Overactive bladder
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) / lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Recurrent UTI

Our global investigator network includes urologists, nephrologists, internists and obstetricians/gynecologists. Close working relationships with these investigators and sites ensure our ability to conduct a preliminary feasibility assessment quickly in order to predict enrollment and identify potential challenges for a viable protocol.

Optimal eDIary Platforms

Our experts provide best in class advice for an optimal eDiary platform that will benefit your program to the fullest. We have focused our search in areas such as best design, training, implementation, real-time reminders, alerts, notifications, monitoring and analysis in this known problematic area. Our integrated data analytics approach encompasses the data continuum, supporting immediate remediation at the level of a single patient diary, to cross study data assessments, allowing us to pave the way for integrated summary of safety (ISS) and integrated summary of efficacy (ISE) builds. Additionally, we will apply our holistic approach to effectively mitigate placebo response. The success of our approach has been documented across multiple studies and has resulted in a reduction of placebo response of up to 22% when site personnel and subjects are properly trained.

Our Team of Experts

Rose Blackburne, MD, MBA, executive medical director, global product development

Dr. Rose Blackburne joined PPD in 2015 with 25+ years of health care experience as a board-certified physician. She has 15+ years of clinical research and development experience. Blackburne is a globally recognized leader in women’s health and urology product development and has been instrumental in numerous approvals for pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices and diagnostic tests.

Blackburne’s has extensive therapeutic experience in general medicine including nephrology, urology, dermatology and women’s health for which she has strategic input and oversight for a pharmaceutical and medical device product development portfolio.

Blakburne is an industry representative to FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (2016-2021) to provide advice on issues relating to the regulation of medical products and devices in their use by patients to develop agency guidance and policies.

Karin Coyne, PhD, MPH, vice president, patient centered research

Dr. Karin Coyne has been developing and validating patient reported outcome measures in Urology for over 20 years with over 60 publications in Journal of Urology, European Urology, British Journal of Urology International, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Quality of Life Research, and Value in Health.  She has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies and expertise in regulatory strategy regarding the inclusion of clinical outcome assessments as primary or secondary endpoints in urologic clinical trials.

Coyne also chairs the National Institute of Health (NIH) external expert panel for prevention in lower urinary tract symptoms (PLUS) network and is a member of the external expert panel for NIH’s lower urinary research network (LURN). 

Urology Experience over the past five years

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Studies in urologic indications

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Urology patients

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Global sites

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