Dr. Mitchell Blutt, CEO and founder of Consonance Capital in New York, stands out a s the first physician to successfully transition into the health care investment sector. A civic-minded leader, Dr. Mitchell Blutt previously served on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to funding research and new therapies for Parkinson’s disease.
Patient trials are one of the most important elements of the drug development process. However, a successful trial relies on a reliable source of trial participants, and studies suggest that around half of all trials experience delays because of a lack of volunteers.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation hopes to speed up the Parkinson’s disease drug development and treatment process by helping willing participants connect with clinical trials. To this end, the foundation manages an online program called Fox Trial Finder, a service that both connects individuals with Parkinson’s disease with clinical trials and recruits individuals without the condition to serve in control groups in the studies.
More than just a list of trials, Fox Trial Finder helps match registrants to the trials that need their specific traits through a secure and anonymous messaging system. Patients and their families, as well as interested control participants, can access the trial finder service by visiting https://foxtrialfinder.michaeljfox.org.