Clinical Trials Today: October Newsletter

October 2, 2018



We’ve hit 100 sites on CTO Stream

More than 100 clinical trial sites are using CTO Stream, an Ontario-built system that’s improving efficiency by harmonizing the research ethics review process. Sites registered with CTO Stream can join approved province-wide studies in a few weeks or less, helping industry and research organizations move forward with studies faster and with fewer resources. Since launching in 2015, CTO Stream has become essential to Ontario’s clinical trials ecosystem, with more than 700 active trials and more than 65 industry sponsors using the system. As we celebrate this milestone, CTO thanks the many volunteers from the clinical trials community who helped build CTO Stream. 

QuickSTART your next clinical trial 

Harmonizing the research ethics review process is just the first step to more efficient clinical trials. QuickSTART, CTO’s newest streamlining program, is designed to help clinical trials sites and industry sponsors reduce their overall start-up time by establishing harmonized processes for budget and contract negotiation. The QuickSTART pilot is beginning this fall. Contact to see how you can be involved.

Connecting industry with researchers and resources

CTO’s Industry Concierge Service is helping industry conduct trials in Ontario by providing companies with the contacts and tools they need to get their trial off the ground. Over the past year, CTO has connected more than 50 local and global companies to resources, researchers and trial sites in Ontario’s clinical trials ecosystem. CTO is also collaborating with more than 20 local incubators to provide clinical trials resources to Ontario start-ups developing innovative technologies and medical devices. To access the CTO Concierge, please contact

 Help us #TalkClinicalTrials on Twitter 

We want to get people talking about clinical trials and we need your help! #TalkClinicalTrials is a public platform for open dialogue about what clinical trials are and why they are important. Stay tuned to #TalkClinicalTrials as CTO begins sharing clinical trials resources, information, perspectives and stories from patient organizations, health charities and Ontario-based research organizations. Join in the conversation and share your own perspectives using the hashtag #TalkClinicalTrials on Twitter.

 CTO Board Chair, Dr. Arthur Slutsky, stepping down 

Dr. Arthur Slutsky, Chair of CTO’s Board of Directors, will step down from his role in November, 2018.  Dr. Slutsky has served as Chair since CTO was established in 2012. He is also stepping down from his role as Vice President of Research at St. Michael’s Hospital after 18 years of incredible leadership.

“Dr. Slutsky’s vision and passion for Ontario’s research enterprise has been foundational to the establishment and direction of our organization,” said Susan Marlin, President and CEO of CTO. “During his time as Chair, Dr. Slutsky helped CTO successfully embed CTO Stream in Ontario’s clinical trials ecosystem and supported the launch of new initiatives, including QuickSTART and the Industry Concierge Service. On behalf of CTO, we thank him for his leadership and commitment to advancing clinical trials in Ontario.”


#CTO2019: Have your say!

The 5th annual Clinical Trials Ontario Conference is coming up on March 27 – 28, 2019. We are calling on the clinical trials community to share engaging topics that will deepen our knowledge, help us leverage existing assets and enhance the environment for clinical trials. Share your ideas with #CTO2019. This unique, cross-sectoral event brings together pharmaceutical and medical device industries, researchers, academic and healthcare leaders, representatives from patient groups and health charities. Stay tuned for more details at

Keynote Speaker announced for DIA 2019

Robert Ghiz, President and CEO, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, will be the keynote speaker for DIA 2019 Annual Canadian Meeting, coming up on October 30th – 31st, 2019 in Ottawa. Join Robert Ghiz as he discusses his experience, lessons learned and how to keep your focus on the right outcomes in a heavily regulated industry. Read the agenda and register here.





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