What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials collect data on the safety and efficacy of a treatment and are regulated by the F.D.A. If a treatment passes a clinical trial with enough evidence to suggest it is safe and effective, it may then become eligible to be distributed by pharmaceutical companies.
The clinical trial is the last step in the development of a new pharmaceutical treatment. Potential drugs, for example, first have to be purified, characterized, and tested in labs with cell and animal subjects. Many years of development and research are needed before any drug can even begin its clinical trial. Even after a drug begins its clinical trials, years of review and data collection are needed before the drug can enter the market.
For a clinical trial to be successful, it needs to enroll exactly the right kind of study subject. Dr. Shubin is extremely successful at finding the appropriate subjects for clinical trials, and at working with those subjects and their families to create solutions for the needs and logistical complexities of everyone involved in the trial.