Do you want to place your medical device or in-vitro diagnostic device on the market, but you have limited resources to do so?
We prepared this article to share some of the free tools and resources that are now offered to support companies and academic institutions to accelerate their research and innovation.
We are a European Medical Device and In-Vitro Diagnostics CRO committed to supporting companies and institutions that work to combat the COVID-19 crisis. As experts in Clinical Research and Regulatory Services for MedTech Industry, we have decided to perform our services free of charge to facilitate and accelerate the marketing of medical devices related to COVID-19. Many companies have mobilized their resources and offer free tools to promote science and research concerning COVID-19.
In this article, we summarize some of the free resources that can help you in the development and marketing of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics related to COVID-19.
ELSEVIER. If you need scientific literature for your research, Elsevier gives you the most suitable solution. Elsevier is a global information analytics business that has created the Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center where more than 21,000 COVID-19 scientific articles can be found for free, among them the most recently published.
MENDELEY is a free reference manager and an academic social network. Because of this situation, it has collected significant datasets for COVID-19 to facilitate finding relevant data.
NCBI. The National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides access to biomedical and genomic information. Here, you can find the sequence of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) genome for free, as well as the sequence of 38 proteins of the virus.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION. The European Commission continuously publishes information, guidelines, and directives on the pandemic.
EBSCO is a database of scientific information on medicine, physics, chemistry, economics, education, and other fields. Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, EBSCO has created an open-access initiative which is a portal where current information on COVID-19 is provided. It also includes a free section of recognized resources.
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS offers the Coronavirus Free Access Collection where higher education and research textbooks on the coronavirus are available.
COCHRANE LIBRARY is a collection of clinical trial databases that have created a section of information on coronavirus. It contains a large number of free resources, from quick reviews to the COVID-19 study registry.
The BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL (BMJ) has set up a page containing practical guidance, online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, as well as the latest news. The content, apart from being free, is updated daily.
The THOMSON REUTERS publishing house makes available a COVID-19 resource center where it provides free resources created by professionals for researchers and business people.
AEMPS. The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products (AEMPS) provides information on COVID-19 clinical research being carried out in Spain, which also includes observational studies. Besides, on its website, they publish the exceptional measures adopted in response to the coronavirus crisis relating to:
- Facilitating the management of drug authorizations and modifications
- Clinical trials
- Increasing the availability of gels and hydroalcoholic solutions
- Surgical masks
- Evaluation of artificial respirators
BIOCORE CRG. The National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides access to biomedical and genomic information. Here, you can find the sequence of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) genome for free, as well as the sequence of 38 proteins of the virus.
ATRIO is a software company that has decided to give free high-performance GPU (Graphics Processing Units) and CPU (Central Processing Units) computing resources. More specifically, they offer faster processing of the output from CryoEM devices to accelerate protein structural analysis and pathogen behavior simulations.
ISO/IEC. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) together with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have coordinated to offer the international standard and most relevant normative references related to products that can improve the COVID-19. They are freely available in a read-only format to help those companies in need to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
AENOR. The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación – AENOR) temporarily allows the downloading of any UNE standard from the AENORmás portal.
AKRN SCIENTIFIC CONSULTING S.L. is an EU Medical Device and In-Vitro Diagnostics CRO that provides free assistance to companies to obtain clinical trial approval/ EU market approval. The free COVID-19 services include Clinical Investigation Protocol (CIP) Review, Informed Consent Form (ICF) Review, Clinical Trial Application Support, Essential Clinical Site Start-Up Activities.
CASTOR EDC is a health-tech company that has created a cloud-based data solution, enabling researchers to easily capture and integrate data from any source. The Castor EDC tool is tailored for medical device clinical trials. Castor announced on February 17 that they offers free access to its data capture system to COVID-19 research projects, such as new COVID-19 medical devices.
VIEDOC is a software company that has developed an efficient electronic data capture technology. As a result of the pandemic, Viedoc provides free of charge access to its software in all 2020 COVID-19 trials to “support the global race for a COVID-19 vaccine”.
Other scientific associations and publishers offer free articles and research data. Here is a list of many of them:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American College of Physicians
- American Medical Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Society of Nephrology
- American Society for Microbiology
- Annual Reviews
- DUKE University Press
- Index foundation
- Microbiology Society
- The MIT Press
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- The Royal Society
- Royal Society of Chemistry
By offering these tools and resources for free, these companies demonstrate a significant commitment to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. These efforts also show that there are many ways we can all help to accelerate the development of products to fight SARS-CoV-2, and that in a moment of crisis, we realize that #togetherwearebigger.