Quantitative Modeling May Yield the Unexpected
It’s common to consider a detailed review as a way to capture problem areas. Sometimes, though, a review can bring to light how little actually needs to be changed. In this example, a client who was beginning enrollment for a clinical trial decided to request a quantitative review with a specific manufacturing focus to help isolate any unforeseen future issues. The answer surprised them.
- This client’s preliminary internal review indicated a range of likely limitations that needed confirmation, including the possible need
for more manufacturing capacity.
- As is our standard, we required a detailed questionnaire specific to our queries to help isolate input assumptions: materials costs,
process duration and yield, clinical enrollment, and probabilities of success. DHC, as always, was able to offer any necessary level
of guidance in completing this assessment based on process specifics and industry standards.
- The Dark Horse process is able to not only consider the overlap in manufacturing capacity (build vs. buy), COGs, and patient
enrollment, but to follow that overlap through the dimension of time. Whether the timeframe in question is a broad or narrow
range depends on the client’s current stage and future needs, so the initial questionnaire also requests timeframe ranges for each
phase of development.
- After assisting the client in completing the DHC questionnaire, it became clear that the client did not have the set of problems that
they expected. DHC’s expert consultant therefore adapted the expectations of the “ask.” Instead of using our proprietary software
(which would have been unnecessarily complex for this situation), she provided a truncated and customized model that was
specific to client needs and based on their precise situation.
- Considering the reality of the limitations that existed (rather than perceived or anticipated limitations) made it possible to focus
more efficiently on the few necessary solutions, and to plan for immediate and future clinical stages.