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The ASCO Post – COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator Leverages Real-World Data

The ASCO Post – COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator Leverages Real-World Data

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with Friends of Cancer Research recently announced the COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator, an expansive public-private partnership combining the efforts of academic, government, and private sector organizations applying data analytics to accelerate the understanding of COVID-19.


“We are honored to be launching this new initiative, working closely with the FDA in leveraging real-world evidence to accelerate the pace at which new data can be brought together to ultimately help patients afflicted with COVID-19,” said Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, Chair of both the Reagan-Udall Foundation and Friends of Cancer Research. “It is inspiring how quickly our Evidence Accelerator partners embraced this opportunity to contribute vital data to help find solutions to this crisis.”


Mobilizing major data organizations, government and academic researchers, and health systems, the Evidence Accelerator builds on the innovative work of its partners to maximize the use of real-world data from across the country. Contributing researchers will engage in weekly meetings to present and critically discuss findings from different data sources. In addition, the Evidence Accelerator will facilitate parallel analyses of key questions to rapidly identify patient characteristics, treatment patterns, and management strategies for COVID-19.


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