ERT Acquires APDM With Goal of Better Data for Movement Disorder Trials

ERT Acquires APDM With Goal of Better Data for Movement Disorder Trials
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ERT, which specializes in clinical trial data collection, announced it has acquired APDM Wearable Technologies (APDM), a provider of wearables and digital biomarkers, to improve the accuracy of key efficacy measures used in clinical studies of multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, and other movement disorders.

A goal is to remove subjectivity from trial assessments by generating the quality data necessary to make clinical trials  more efficient, predictable, and cost-effective, ERT stated in a press release.

This will be achieved through use of APDM’s wearable platform, which allows trial investigators to gather accurate data on patient motion via its medical-grade wearable sensors and digital endpoints, and ERT’s eCOA platform, which allows researchers to capture quality information from patient-reported outcomes.

Combining both platforms better ensures more powerful safety and efficacy data in trials of potential treatments, the release states. These data can also guide the development of new treatments for movement disorders associated with central nervous system (CNS) impairments, including MS, Parkinson’s, and ataxia.

The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for coordinating most body functions, including movements, awareness, memory, and thought processes.

“We are thrilled that our advanced wearable platform will be added to ERT’s suite of proven eClinical technologies to help innovative clinical trial sponsors minimize uncertainty and risk in the development of CNS and movement disorder treatments, ultimately improving patients’ lives,” said Mateo Aboy, co-founder and chairman of APDM.

This integrated solution will be available to support both onsite clinical studies and those being carried out virtually.

“To truly understand a new drug’s effect on movement disorders, sponsors need objective, real-world data that can only be captured by a medical-grade precision motion device and combined with traditional clinical endpoints for a complete view on efficacy,” James Corrigan, president and CEO of ERT, said.

“APDM’s advanced technology … complements ERT’s expertise in high-quality clinical trial data collection, delivering the most efficient and effective approach for trial sponsors,” Corrigan added.

Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
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