Last month the BrackenData team attended the 52nd annual DIA Global conference in Philadelphia. It was a great opportunity to connect with members of the industry, and for our CEO to present some new research about trends in clinical trial activity by geographic region (which we wrote about in this blog post). But even more exciting than that, DIA was our first chance to get two new analytics solutions, Protocol Analytics and Sunshine Analytics, into the hands of the biopharma community. We used DIA as a grounds to gauge interest, collect feedback, and sell features of these never-before-seen tools. These two new products are a big deal for us not only because they reflect months of work from our data science team but because their launch marks a milestone for BrackenData. With our Protocol Analytics and Sunshine Analytics we’re able to broaden our services to clinical operations teams, and meaningfully expand on our team mission.

Before explaining our two new products, and who they are for, let me explain a little about how we’ve got to this point. In April we officially started our mission, to provide the most intuitive tools for interacting with the world’s clinical trial data, by bringing our first two tools to market: TrialFinder and CT.g Analytics.

These first two products demonstrated our data mining and visualization capabilities. Often, after seeing the dashboards, prospects would ask us not only about the visuals we’ve already created, but what custom analytics we could build in the future to fit clients’ specific needs.

These tools were also a high-level view of the data available to dissect on (CT.g), our first and primary data source. With our interactive filters, users can quickly narrow down the database of 220,000 trials to drill into the five, five-hundred, of five-thousand trials that are most relevant to their business. These two products gave us a new lens to look at data that was already in the public domain. And while this created widespread appeal from professionals who focus on market research and business development, we needed to also penetrate the heart of this industry: clinical operations roles.

About Protocol Analytics

While each clinical trial has a unique identifier, they are all more or less the same process. Investigators and sponsors work together, budgets are made, RFPs are sent, protocols are written, and so on. It’s a process that clinical development teams have carried out over 200,000 times in the last 20 years. It’s a repetitive process that, with today’s access to information and public data, should be simpler. BrackenData can’t solve for simplifying the entire process but we can focus on the pieces where public data is the richest. Enter Protocol Analytics. This solution shows you how the protocols for these 200,000 trials have been written.

There is still a lot of guesswork from clinical operations teams when it comes to writing new protocols. Protocol Analytics will eliminate the guesswork by empowering users to interact with our database of protocols. For example, want to compare what inclusion criteria have been used in oncology trials over the past 2 years? Protocol Analytics can show you. Want a to know the most common exclusion criteria used in trials, spliced by Phase? Protocol Analytics can show you, but also, here’s a chart:


There are a lot of features packed into this product. If you’re interested in seeing more I suggest signing up for a demonstration where a member of our team can walk you through the tool, and set you up with a free trial.


About Sunshine Analytics

Amount Spent in Clinical Development in 2015 by State

Amount Spent in Clinical Development in 2015 by State

Another piece of the clinical trial process we can simplify with data analysis is budgeting. In order to plan budgets, write RFPs, and maintain competitive recruiting, clinical operations teams and their partners need to estimate cost breakdowns for new trials. We can show users what trials from the last 3 years have spent on recruiting subjects and physicians. We can also show you how spending varies, depending on drug or medical device involvement in the trial. And if you were wondering how the cost of recruiting in North Carolina, USA compares to Prahova, Romania (and yes, we had a client ask for that), click around our heat maps to find the global distribution of clinical development spending.


By leveraging public data we’re empowering clinical trial professionals to more intuitively interact with the information that’s out there. That’s our mission, and that’s the driving force behind all 4 of our products. We’re excited to start working more closely with clinical operations teams, as we continue building new features for business development and market research teams still. If you’d like to see any of our tools in action, please use the form below to request a demonstration. We’re currently offering complimentary 7-day licenses with all demonstration requests.