Researchers can select studies of interest from multiple sponsors across multiple disease areas and submit a research proposal through the portal, which are then reviewed by an Independent Review Panel that decides whether access should be granted. The panel reviews the proposed science, publication plans, conflicts of interest and the qualifications of the research team. The initiative envisions transitioning administration and review of future proposals to an independent third party as soon as possible. The site includes videos and guides on how to use the portal and submit a proposal. In addition, researchers can also submit inquiries to some study sponsors regarding the availability of data from studies not yet listed. Following approval, researchers are asked to sign a Data Sharing Agreement.
"The design and development of this user-friendly site is an outgrowth of our collaboration and partnering software. Supporting this need was a natural expansion of our work with life science, academic and non-profit organizations, and we are pleased to work with representatives from the sponsor organizations to achieve this milestone," said Scott Shaunessy, chief executive officer and founder of ideaPoint. "Our solution is highly configurable and will allow the functionality to expand as the initiative matures over time."