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CTTI to Host Jan. 13 Public Summit, The Fastest Path to Effective COVID-19 Treatments: Using Master Protocol Studies, Featuring Research & Healthcare Leaders

CTTI will host a public summit, The Fastest Path to Effective COVID-19 Treatments: Using Master Protocol Studies, on Wednesday, January 13. The summit, conducted as a webinar and moderated by CTTI Executive Director Pamela Tenaerts, will include a welcome from Janet Woodcock, Operation Warp Speed; a call-to-action from Robert M. Califf, Verily and Google Health; remarks from Mark McClellan, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; and a panel discussion moderated by Esther Krofah, FasterCures. The panel discussion will focus on solutions related to scaling master protocols, including:


  • Overcoming barriers to starting up sites
  • Increasing participants at existing sites
  • Using the COVID experience to inform our preparedness for future pandemics

“As we’ve learned in the global pandemic, the faster we have reliable answers, the better,” said Tenaerts. “As we look to successfully accelerate progress for COVID-19 treatments, the need for collaborative trials that supply reliable insights has never been greater and in many cases, master protocol studies can provide the solution.”


This public summit will also address the status of COVID-19 clinical trials, including results from a recent CTTI analysis of data from and other research, and examine the use of common platforms to optimize the design of master protocols for multiple therapies attempting to treat the same diseases or specific health problems.


The free public summit will be held from 10:30am until noon EST.


This public summit is part of a collaborative effort with the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute.