Cambridge Cognition Holdings PLC announced on October 12, 2022 that it acquired eClinicalHealth Ltd. (eCH) for about $1.9 million. eCH offers the Clinpal platform, which facilitates virtual clinical studies. Per the announcement, Cambridge Cognition acquired eCH to “enhance” Cambridge Cognition’s capabilities within the virtual clinical study space. According to Cambridge Cognition, the addition of eCH allows coverage of “all modules from recruitment through to clinical reporting.”
Founded in 2012, eCH is a digital technology provider. eCH’s Clinpal is an end-to-end clinical study platform. Clinpal allows researchers to configure a study, market to and recruit potential study patients, gather data from enrolled patients, and store and access study data. According to eCH, several studies involving a “top 10 pharma” company have already used Clinpal.
Cambridge Cognition is a tech company that develops digital solutions for clinical cognitive studies. More specifically, the company offers several different digital platforms intended for use at various stages of a clinical study, such as patient recruitment, study design, and data analysis. According to Cambridge Cognition, virtual clinical study is suitable for many different central nervous system disorders—for example, depression or Alzheimer’s disease. Such studies can run regular cognitive assessments at home. In this vein, Cambridge Cognition’s CANTAB platform enables remote assessment. CANTAB can administer cognitive tests to a patient via a mobile device.
Zooming out, the expansion of the virtual clinical trial market may have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 2022, 89% of clinical study sponsors use decentralized technologies and methods in their studies.