A Global, Neutral Platform for Sharing Trial Data

The MRCT Center spearheaded a Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine that spells out the need and requirements for a global, neutral platform for sharing clinical trial data.

While sharing clinical data is critical to inform clinical and regulatory decision making and to honor trial participants who put themselves at risk, most data generators have no formal mechanism or easily accessible platform for sharing their data, and there has been no organized effort to date to coordinate existing platforms to enable most data generators to share their trial data.

The MRCT Center, working with partners, is currently designing a platform called “Vivli” that will link existing data-sharing platforms and communities while hosting data from investigators who aspire to share their data.  Vivli will offer a global, neutral platform to host data securely, with search and data-request services, and will allow for combining of data sets from multiple clinical trials.

A central objective of this global data sharing platform is wide cooperation and collaboration, through inclusion of trials funded and conducted by academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations which requires shared governance. Therefore, a wide representation from diverse communities and countries as well as trial participants is needed, and data generators now using other data-sharing platforms will participate in governance.

Read more about the Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine