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Introducing All New BioPharma Services Website

BioPharma Services is undergoing a series of changes to improve processes to meet stakeholder expectations. Our website plays a crucial role in connecting us to our sponsors and volunteers, while also bringing internal news and industry updates at your fingertips. Our...

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Diversity And Inclusion In Clinical Trials

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Explained: Why Are Clinical Trials Important

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In Pictures: BioPharma Staff Engage Communities, Promote Use of Masks

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Mental Health and COVID-19: Self Care During Quarantine

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A Dream Realised – A Conversation with Senkaya Senkaiahliyan

Since elementary school, Senkaya Senkaiahliyan has known that she wanted to pursue a career in clinical research. It was this interest that led her to complete a degree in Life Sciences with a specialization in Human Biology at the University of Toronto. Having...

In Fight Against Coronavirus: Masks, Explained

The past few months have seen a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Governments have mandated the use of masks when out and about.

Our Toronto Site Is Open And Recruiting Now

BioPharma Services has implemented preventive and precautionary measures to ensure we protect the health and safety of our staff and our volunteers.

BioPharma CEO Renzo DiCarlo Explains Why Masks Are Crucial

BioPharma CEO Renzo DiCarlo dispels myths surrounding the use of masks in a conversation with Canadian International Fashion Film Festival CEO Roger Gingerich.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical trial?
A Clinical trial is a process which is performed to determine whether an investigational drug, device or therapy is safe and effective.   In early phase research (i.e. Phases 1 and 2), the safety and effectiveness of the drug will be evaluated in healthy volunteers.
What are early phase clinical trials?

Clinical Trials are divided into 4 phases.  Phase 1 and 2 trials constitute early phase trials, Phase 3 and 4 research studies are late-phase trials.

The primary objective of Phase 1 studies is to determine the correct drug dosage by evaluating drug safety and determining if there are any side effects.  Phase 1 trials are conducted in healthy volunteers.

Phase 2 studies also study the safety of a drug but focus on evaluating its effectiveness. These studies can be conducted in healthy volunteers or in individuals who have a certain disease or condition.

Should I expect to experience any side-effects while doing studies?
As every study is testing an investigational product, there may be side effects. You will be provided with a list of side effects that have been reported in previous trials (if any), so you can make an informed decision whether or not to participate in the trial. During the trial you will be required to immediately inform clinic study staff of any adverse effects that you are experiencing. These side effects usually resolve upon discontinuation of the study drug.