You’ve probably heard the proverb, “you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been”. The original context of the saying is unknown, but sounds like something someone would have said to inspire the study of history or exploration – maybe even genealogy.  Whoever said it first probably didn’t say it about clinical trial analytics, yet it’s what came to mind when I first looked at our newest tool, TrialTrends.

TrialTrends is an interactive tool we’re making available for free to the public. It slices and dices clinical trial data available on from 2005 to 2014 and forecasts a likely range of clinical trial activity for the following 3 years.

You can use this tool to look at clinical trial volumes by phase and trial type, year over year.  Use the same filters to forecast what’s going to happen in 2017 and 2018.

Our exact prediction for 2017 is that there will be 14,505 trials marked completed on We can provide more granular predictions such as:

  • 1,309 Phase 3 device trials
  • 8,242 Phase 4 drug trials
  • 894 studies for dietary supplements

See if you can find these same numbers by interacting with the tool yourself. Click here to access the tool.

For full details on how to use the tool, refer to our blog post How to Use TrialTrends. This post describes how you can filter the data represented in the charts. It also explains our forecasting methodology and addresses some frequently asked questions.

Please contact us with any questions or comments at We look forward to hearing from you.