Study design and protocol development that is customized to your organization, patient population
Development of study budgets and the ability to work with various budgets
Development of electronic data collection (survey system customization) and electronic consents
Marketing and PR Services including dedicated research website, social media, event planning to launch studies, and online/digital and print advertisements
Regulatory Submissions including Health Canada (CTA) or FDA
Development of Investigational Brochures as required
Ethics committee submission through an accredited Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Grant and publication writing and submission
Study initiation, site training (Good Clinical Practice and Study Training) and study support services
Development of essential study documents
SR&ED grant consulting and services
Research experience conducting 5 large scale medical cannabis observational studies
Research experience conducting 2 clinical trials on cannabinoid products
Partnerships with numerous medical cannabis clinics and a large Physician network (cannabis experienced Physicians)
Partnership with a contract research organization that has the capability to conduct pharmacokinetic clinical trials. this is critical to understand how the drug works on the body e.g. peak and elimination time of the drug when prescribing to patients
Experience writing 10+ publications including cannabis-focused publications in reputable medical journals
BENEFITS OF CONDUCTING CANNABIS RESEARCH
There is an opportunity for you to be the first in many areas of cannabis research. the door is wide open for innovation, discoveries and to add new data to this ever-evolving and growing industry.
There is a lack of well designed clinical trials e.g. large scale, controlled, blinded and placebo-controlled clinical trials showing the efficacy of cannabinoids on various conditions.
Due to the high costs of clinical trials, it’s important to work with experienced researchers and organizations to conduct your study
Observational Research Studies:
Less costly way to conduct research in comparison to a clinical trial.
Conducting a research study that will allow for building patient outcomes and evidence to assess if the patient has demonstrated therapeutic effect e.g. improved pain, improved sleep, improved quality of life, harm reduction paradigm (e.g. decrease of opioids or psychotropic drugs).
Cannabis research promotes more confidence with prescribing physicians/referring physicians since they know that patients are tracked on an ongoing basis such as safety monitoring of side effects.
The informed consent for a research study allows for a more extensive agreement and information to patients than the average cannabis treatment consent. a research study also requires ethics approval from an independent body (institutional review board) which also adds to the confidence of the medical and research community.
Tracking cannabis use (strains, methods of use, frequency, etc.) can help to build a body of knowledge of prescribing practices, and guidance on patient recommended usage.
Although many licensed producers track the use of strains, and conditions through surveys; the data is better if it is derived from an independent (non-bias) body/organization that is not associated with the production or sale of medical cannabis.
There is a lack of evidence-based research and therefore publications and other written documentation will provide added value and help to build a body of knowledge on the effectiveness of medical cannabis.
Conducting research can help with patient engagement and patient acquisition. in this industry, patients who find cannabis as a benefit can become strong advocates and want to be involved in adding to the body of knowledge on its effectiveness.
Patients do feel a better connection and confidence in an organization that has a genuine interest in cannabis research.