Our Mission: Building a Clinical Trials Management System for the BSD

Following a competitive proposal process, the Center for Research Informatics has been selected to lead the development of an enterprise clinical trials management system (CTMS) to unify clinical research efforts across the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division (BSD). The project was officially launched in October 2016. Since then, we’ve assembled our team, gathered requirements, and designed the system architecture. The source code development phase kicked off on August 9, 2017. The presentation from our kickoff meeting, which offers more background on this project, is available here.

The target date for deployment of the new CTMS is July 2018. Over the coming months, the CRI will work closely with Bad Rabbit Consulting to build the new system and integrate it into the existing BSD information system environment. As the development phase is completed, the CRI team will lead a new branch of operations dedicated to evolving the system further within the clinical trials ecosystem and supporting BSD clinical informatics as a whole.

Why build a new system?

With multiple CTMS products available in today’s market, the BSD makes an ambitious choice by opting for a custom-built, in-house solution. Bringing our extensive experience in building exceptional research applications to this project, the CRI sees this as an opportunity to raise the bar for the industry. Our team will build a solution that is more cost-effective, responsive, and flexible than anything currently available.

The CRI team brings a deep understanding of the University’s needs, stakeholders, and existing systems that could never be matched by an outside vendor, as well as domain expertise across all aspects of the clinical trials management process. We understand and value the needs of people involved in all phases of this process, from patients and clinicians to biomedical researchers to institutional business leaders. With input from subject matter experts across the University and a partnership with Bad Rabbit Consulting, known for their track record of building successful research technology products, the CRI is poised to build a solution that will change the face of clinical trials management.

Join us as we embark on this exciting project. Updates will be posted here as the build-out continues.

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CTMS kickoff meeting presentation now available

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MEET THE TEAM

Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD
CRI Director
Sam leads the operations and strategic planning of the CRI and has long been involved in the University’s efforts to improve its CTMS, receiving an Innovation Fund grant for a pilot project in 2012. To this project, he brings insights from the pilot as well as his experience as a pediatric oncologist and researcher.

Brian Furner
Director of Applications Development
As Director of Applications Development, Brian oversees a team of developers who are responsible for providing custom software solutions to the BSD research community, including this CTMS project. He has extensive knowledge of clinical research data, clinical research applications, and the methods for effectively dealing with the complexities of this domain.

Michael Baltasi, PhD
CRI Deputy Director
Michael manages the financial, contractual, and administrative components of the CTMS project and has advised on key decisions since the project’s inception. In his role at the CRI, he oversees the financial and administrative functions, business development, and strategic planning for major initiatives. He joined the CRI in 2014.

Bethany Martell
CTMS Business Owner
Beth is the Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Research (OCR).  She has worked at the University for 15 years with the last 12 in Clinical Research Administration. The OCR is the central office responsible for clinical research operations, conduct and compliance.

Don Starkey
Lead Web Applications Developer
Don joined the CRI in January 2017 to serve as system architect and technical lead on our clinical trials management system. Don previously worked at the law firm Kirkland and Ellis LLP, where he was a Lead Developer/Architect. He is well-versed in a variety of programming languages, including C# and Angular, and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). His other interests include current client-side frameworks. Don is a graduate of DePaul University.

Alex Lapson
Sr. Program Manager
Alex joined the CRI in January 2017 to lead the development of our enterprise clinical trials management system. Alex has an MsEE in Telecommunications from the Moscow Technical University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a business and technology problem solver with extensive experience successfully delivering enterprise mission-critical programs and projects at such companies as Nortel Networks, McDonald’s Corporation, AT&T, US Bank, Northern Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vitality, and John Hancock Insurance.

Bad Rabbit Consulting
Software Development Team
Bad Rabbit Consulting has worked with more than 30 research institutions across the last 10 years to develop a core expertise in Research Administration technologies and domains, including Clinical Research, Compliance, and Financial Management. Building a CTMS from the ground up is a significant undertaking from both a technical and business perspective. Bad Rabbit is bringing a team of master-level software engineers who are experienced in building new product software to the effort.

SPONSORS AND ADVISORS

Executive Sponsors

Kenneth Polonsky, MD
EVP for Medical Affairs
Dean of BSD and Pritzker School of Medicine

Susan Cohn, MD
Dean for Clinical Research

Mumtaz Darbar
VP Clinical Finance
Associate Dean of Finance and Administration

Steering Committee

Susan Cohn, MD
David Liebovitz, MD
Robert Grossman, PhD
Eric Yablonka
Cole Camplese
Mike Ludwig
Mumtaz Darbar
Bethany Martell
Vanessa Pico