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ASH launches sickle cell disease clinical trials network to accelerate therapy development

ASH launched a clinical trials network designed to accelerate development of novel therapies for patients with sickle cell disease.

The network will match clinical trial sponsors with research sites, facilitate patient recruitment and provide consulting services. A core component will be a centralized data repository developed and maintained by ASH.

“We are on the brink of a new era in sickle cell disease research and treatment. Interest in this disease is expanding, with more than 40 treatments and more than a dozen devices in the research and development pipeline,” ASH President Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics in the division of hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation at Northwestern Medicine and associate director of equity and minority health at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, said in a press release.