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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology; Department of Pediatrics; UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Department of Emergency Medicine; Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences; Graduate School of Nursing; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Diagnosis | Health and Medical Administration | Infectious Disease | Translational Medical Research | Virus Diseases


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx SM ) Tech initiative to support the development and commercialization of novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) point-of-care test devices. The primary objective of the Clinical Studies Core (CSC) was to perform SARS-CoV-2 device studies involving diverse populations and settings. Within a few months, the infrastructure for clinical studies was developed, including a master protocol, digital study platform, data management system, single IRB, and multi-site partnerships. Data from some studies are being used to support Emergency Use Authorization of novel SARS-CoV-2 test devices. The CSC reduced the typical time and cost of developing medical devices and highlighted the impactful role of academic and NIH partnership in addressing public health needs at a rapid pace during a global pandemic. The structure, deployment, and lessons learned from this experience are widely applicable to future in vitro diagnostic device clinical studies.


SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, in vitro diagnostics, point-of-care testing, rapid acceleration of diagnostics, UMCCTS funding

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L. L. Gibson et al., "The RADx Tech Clinical Studies Core: A Model for Academic Based Clinical Studies," in IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, vol. 2, pp. 152-157, 2021, doi: 10.1109/OJEMB.2021.3070830. View article on publisher's site

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IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology


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