About Clinical Trials: The Power of Participation
Connect patients, families, clinicians, and others with the best available, scientifically sound resources on clinical trials.
We created this website with the goal of connecting patients, families, clinicians, and others with the best available, scientifically sound resources on clinical trials. We know that it can be confusing and overwhelming for even experienced professionals to find answers to their questions on clinical trials. With the creation of this website, we hope to make it easier for the public to understand how clinical trials work, how to enroll in a clinical trial, and what to expect as a clinical trial participant.
We believe that knowledge is power. By arming the public with the facts about clinical trials, we can ensure everyone feels empowered to participate if they should want to. Clinical trials may be just one component of the rigorous process scientists go through when creating a new treatment for patients, but we (at BIO) think it is the most exciting part! Participating in a clinical trial allows everyday people the opportunity to take an active role in the creation of innovative drugs that could save hundreds or thousands of lives.
Science is rooted in curiosity and our natural desire to better understand the world around us; the scientific method is, in its essence, a roadmap we can use to find the answers to our questions. In today’s world, where disinformation is common, it can be especially challenging to separate fact from fiction when searching for answers. That’s why our team of life sciences professionals has scoured the web and pulled together an introductory guide on clinical trials, using only reputable sources. While the information found here on our website may not include every source on the internet, you can trust that each resource endorsed on our site has been carefully verified for accuracy.
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.
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Building a Sustainable & Equitable Clinical Development Ecosystem
In June 2021, BIO convened stakeholders from across the clinical development spectrum to engage in meaningful discussion on advancing health equity in clinical trials. Because ensuring clinical trial diversity is not just at the heart of BIO’s Equality Agenda— it’s driving the future development and availability of innovative medical products.
As leaders in the life science industry, we must meet these challenges and injustices head on. That’s why BIO, the world’s largest advocacy association representing biotechnology stakeholders across the U.S. and in 30+ countries, is committed to working with our members to find and implement practical solutions to address health inequities… starting with increasing diversity in clinical trials. Because ensuring clinical trial diversity is not just at the heart of BIO’s Equality Agenda — it’s driving the future development and availability of innovative medical products.