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Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023
Announcement

Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023

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  • Huma’s innovative approach to medical research cited in Lord James O’Shaughnessy’s review for clinical trials improvement in the UK
  • The review is part of a new widespread policy approach to ignite the UK’s life sciences sector
  • Innovating clinical trials using digital technologies such as Huma’s platforms can make them more accessible, more diverse, faster to recruit and retain patients
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NEW YORK & LONDON, May 25 2023 Huma Therapeutics (“Huma”), a leading global digital health company, is named today as an exemplar of innovation in medical research in an independent review led by former Health Minister, Lord James O’Shaughnessy entitled Commercial clinical trials in the UK. 

The review was commissioned by the UK government to make recommendations to improve the clinical trials landscape in the UK. It proposes a range of ‘significant actions’ to bend the performance curve of trials dramatically, stating: ‘The partnership between 2 very different UK life science success stories – AstraZeneca and Huma – shows the potential of the UK in this field’. The review includes a short case study of our joint work1

The review proposes that the government doubles the numbers of people taking part in commercial clinical trials in the next two years, and doubles it again by 2027. One of its 27 recommendations is the support and promotion of decentralized clinical trials, which are enabled by digital technology. It calls on stakeholders to develop guidance for decentralized and innovative trials by the end of 2023 to keep pace internationally.

“As a UK-headquartered company we really want to play our role in supercharging bodies such as the NHS and helping the UK re-establish its leadership position in clinical research.”

Dan Vahdat, Founder & CEO of Huma

Decentralized clinical trials

An estimated 80% of clinical trials do not meet initial patient enrollment goals and timelines2. Decentralized trials can, says the review, increase public involvement in research and new therapies. Data can be collected from the comfort of participants' homes without disrupting their lives, reducing or eliminating the need to travel to clinical trial sites. Retention and adherence to trial protocols through an improved experience can lower the overall cost of research. Decentralized trials also hold the promise of increasing diversity so that new medicines benefit people from all ethnicities and backgrounds. 

Dan Vahdat, Founder & CEO of Huma, said: “As a UK-headquartered company we really want to play our role in supercharging bodies such as the NHS and helping the UK re-establish its leadership position in clinical research. We have the innovative platform and clinical trials expertise to do so: our technology has supported some of the world's largest clinical trials from Covid19 to the Our Future Health study aiming to carry out research on 5 million participants. We join Lord O’Shaughnessy’s call for all stakeholders to come together with both a renewed ambition and innovative mindset to bend the performance curve of clinical trials in the UK.”

Huma’s digital technology platforms support decentralized trials through an easy to configure, end-to-end solution, without hard coding, which allows rapid setup for clinical study requirements. This features pre-built modules including eConsent, ePRO and eCOA that can be adapted to protocols enabling quick setup of therapeutic study requirements.

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In March 2022, AstraZeneca, a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company headquartered in the UK, took a step towards harnessing this technology-driven, decentralized clinical trial opportunity through its partnership with Huma Therapeutics, a leading global digital health company also headquartered in the UK.

Huma’s technology platform is founded on the first and only disease-agnostic software as a medical device (SaMD) to hold EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR) class IIb certification status. Its adaptations are used on a global scale by more than 1.8 million patients across around 3,000 hospitals and clinics and by more than 650,000 participants across research. Through Huma’s primary care division, iPLATO Healthcare, whose digital service is used by 31 million people across the UK, digital technology is also driving recruitment into the UK’s largest research programme, Our Future Health, through text messages and push notifications to invite people to join this incredible research programme.

Partnering with Huma enables AstraZeneca to conduct clinical trials in an entirely new way. For example, a global decentralized study of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine was designed to allow participants to report data on mobile phones across multiple continents, without ever visiting a trial site. In Germany, Huma and AstraZeneca worked together on a real-world evidence study to identify patients at risk of developing chronic kidney disease, resulting in the potential to recruit 7,000 patients in a single month.

These are powerful examples of a global pharma leader partnering with a British technology company to show the potential of digital-first care and research.

By combining digital technology with investigational research, AstraZeneca and Huma believe that this innovative approach will deliver marked improvements in the clinical trials space, ultimately resulting in the faster delivery of new and better medicines to patients in the UK and worldwide. 

About Huma

Huma Therapeutics is a global digital health technology company that advances digital-first care delivery and research to help people live longer, fuller lives.

Huma's award-winning modular platforms are used by more than 3,000 hospitals and clinics, with 1.8+ million active users in healthcare and 650,000+ participants across research. Huma's regulated Software as a Medical Device is the only platform to hold EU MDR Class IIb regulatory status. It powers:

  • Digital first care for health systems
  • companion apps to support patients through treatment and drug therapies
  • virtual clinical trials to accelerate research

Please visit www.huma.com and follow us on LinkedIn at Huma

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karen.birmingham@huma.com
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Making an impact

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3000+ hospitals and clinics supported across Huma platforms to secure the most sustainable impact for patients1

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Our platform can almost double clinical capacity and reduce readmission rates by >30%3

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Huma's digital-first health platforms support a network of 27m patients1

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Over 1 million devices have been shipped in support of our projects and we know what it takes to deploy at scale1

Winner of the 2022 Prix Galien award for digital health, widely regarded as 'pharma's Nobel prize'4

Selected as one of 'The Most Important Healthcare Design of 2021' by Fast Company5

Winner of the 2022 Prix Galien award for digital health, widely regarded as 'pharma's Nobel prize'4

Winner of the 2022 Prix Galien award for digital health, widely regarded as 'pharma's Nobel prize'4

Sources:

  1. Commercial clinical trials in the UK: the Lord O’Shaughnessy review. Case study: AstraZeneca and Huma partnership
  2. Johnson, O. (2015). An evidence-based approach to conducting clinical trial feasibility assessments. Clinical investigation, 5, 491-499.
Announcement

Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023
Announcement

Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023

Huma joins digital pioneers to advance health equity in care and research

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Dan Vahdat, is returning to the annual World Economic Forum’s main conference where he will join a panel discussion devoted to improving care for non-communicable disease and tackling health equity. Accompanied by Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Ingeborg Oie, Dan is looking forward to connecting with other attendees to explore how Huma’s digital health platform can make healthcare more equitable, and advances proactive, predictive care.

Huma joins digital pioneers to advance health equity in care and research

Date:Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time:4:15 - 5:15 p.m. CET
Location:Ice Village, Eisbahnstrasse 5, Davos, Switzerland
Dan will join the Digital Health Action Alliance panel at Davos to discuss Turning the Tide in Non-Communicable Disease Care Through Digital Health and Community Connection. Huma has a long history of advancing the care of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and lung conditions. Huma’s innovative remote patient monitoring platform enables broad patient recruitment, reduces reliance on in-person clinic visits and increases health system efficiency.
*This session is open to registered Annual Meeting 2023 participants and Affiliate badge holders.

Huma is one of the first to sign the Zero Health Gaps Pledge

Huma is one of the first signatories to the Zero Health Gaps Pledge, the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Equity Network’s (GHEN) initiative. Huma supports GHEN’s ambition to build a future without disparities in health or wellbeing outcomes. Huma’s digital platform has been built on a deep clinical knowledge of complex patient needs and how people engage with technology and we are committed to ensuring our technology promotes health equity. We are proud to work with governments, hospital groups, universities, life science and technology companies to bring greater scale and impact and help all people live longer, fuller lives.

Huma at World Economic Forum

Global Innovators and Tech Pioneers
Dec 2022: Huma selected to join 100 innovative companies on a two-year journey as part of the World Economic Forum’s initiatives, activities and events, bringing their cutting-edge insight and fresh thinking to critical global discussions.
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Working Together, Restoring Trust
May 2022: With the aim to address economic, environmental, political, and social fault-lines exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dan Vahdat speaks at WEF annual meeting about the importance of scientific collaboration.
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Accelerating innovation and breaking new ground
October 2022: Dan joined the WEF Biotech Future Forum 2022 to discuss how start-ups are breaking new ground in biotech and changing the way we interact with the world, but also how the sector can earn trust, scale successfully and spot the brightest innovations.
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Making connections at Davos
Jan 2019: Dan attended WEF as an unofficial attendee and spoke to CNBC about the importance of meeting in-person to make connections.
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Announcement

Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023
Media contact
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Karen Birmingham PhD
Head of PR & Communications
karen.birmingham@huma.com
Announcement

Huma named for its successful and innovative approach to clinical trials in new UK government review

May 26, 2023
Media contact
A headshot of Karen Birmingham PhD
Karen Birmingham PhD
Head of PR & Communications
karen.birmingham@huma.com

NEW YORK & LONDON, May 25 2023 Huma Therapeutics (“Huma”), a leading global digital health company, is named today as an exemplar of innovation in medical research in an independent review led by former Health Minister, Lord James O’Shaughnessy entitled Commercial clinical trials in the UK. 

The review was commissioned by the UK government to make recommendations to improve the clinical trials landscape in the UK. It proposes a range of ‘significant actions’ to bend the performance curve of trials dramatically, stating: ‘The partnership between 2 very different UK life science success stories – AstraZeneca and Huma – shows the potential of the UK in this field’. The review includes a short case study of our joint work1

The review proposes that the government doubles the numbers of people taking part in commercial clinical trials in the next two years, and doubles it again by 2027. One of its 27 recommendations is the support and promotion of decentralized clinical trials, which are enabled by digital technology. It calls on stakeholders to develop guidance for decentralized and innovative trials by the end of 2023 to keep pace internationally.

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