Implications of Historical Control Studies for Rare Disease Products

Development programs in rare diseases are becoming more common and a major focus for small biotech and pharmaceutical companies. A crucial consideration in clinical study and protocol design in these indications is the choice of control group used to assess the efficacy of an intervention. Standard study designs and control are often not feasible due to limitations in the number of prospective patients as well as ethical considerations. Non-standard study designs, including studies relying on external historical control groups, can be used to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention. This webinar will discuss:

  • Factors to consider when evaluating the use of an external control in a planned clinical study
  • Appropriate analysis and interpretation of externally controlled studies
  • The critical role of externally controlled studies in supporting marketing applications for orphan/rare disease products.

Featured Experts

Kevin Barber, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Strategy & Submissions

Kevin Barber, PhD, RAC, PMP, serves as Rho’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Strategy & Submissions, providing extensive strategic leadership, scientific knowledge, and regulatory expertise to support Rho’s clientele in the development and execution of integrated regulatory strategies and clinical development plans for drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Dr. Barber has close to 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs and product development across all phases, from preclinical through product launch and post-approval life cycle management.  Dr. Barber holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and prior to joining Rho, he served in leadership positions, including Senior Director…

Rob Woolson

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Strategy, Biometrics & Technology

Rob Woolson serves as Rho’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Strategy, Biometrics, & Technology. Mr. Woolson joined Rho in 2007 and has 20 years’ experience as an applied statistician.  He has an extensive background working with small biotech and pharmaceutical companies to successfully bridge and navigate the biometrics, CDISC data standards, and regulatory requirements of drug and biologics development.  He has advised and supported sponsor companies through 12 marketing applications in several therapeutic areas, including playing a vital role in numerous FDA and Advisory Committee meetings. Mr. Woolson brings this experience to his current role providing strategic guidance to sponsor…