The Data Collaboration Center (DCC) of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path) was founded to provide secure, large-scale data solutions for medical research, with unsurpassed expertise in curating, standardizing, analyzing, and sharing medical data from around the world. We operate in a neutral, noncompetitive space with a focus on accelerating clinical research and medical product development by maximizing the utility of medical data. This is accomplished through robust data management and curation processes, and through the development and application of data standards and custom-built tools. The DCC possesses the top-tier technical, scientific, and project management expertise necessary to support advanced research efforts. DCC solutions include:
- Development of customized data-sharing and analytics platforms
- Secure transfer of data to and from all external sources
- Planning and execution of multisource data standardization and aggregation
- Support for FAIRification of data by utilizing unique data identifiers, extensive metadata and indexed, searchable database architecture
- Sustainable curation and administration of data and its storage
- Ability for teams to work together in a secure environment to analyze and interpret data
- Security policies and frameworks which align with industry best practices
- Adherence to applicable security and privacy regulations in all jurisdictions where data are managed
Mission of the Data Collaboration Center
To enable multiple organizations to work together in a neutral setting and share medical data in order to optimize its value in creating new insights and tools that accelerate drug development in areas with unmet healthcare needs.
A Legacy of Collaboration
Since 2005, C-Path has been a trusted and independent entity specializing in biomedical research collaboration and regulatory science. We have become a go-to provider of data sharing and analysis solutions for stakeholders from industry, global regulatory agencies, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, patient advocacy groups and academia. C-Path has over a decade of experience in data science, data standards, data management, data security, and patient privacy data platform development. Today, C-Path’s DCC-managed data platforms securely host data from over 165 clinical trials, over 160 nonclinical studies, as well as genomic data, imaging data, real-world data, and other data types, representing over 150,000 data subjects, over 215 million data points, and a multitude of different therapeutic areas, diseases, and conditions.
The DCC is grateful to the many partner organizations that have contributed to our success over the years and who share and support the vision of accelerating the drug development process through collaboration and data sharing. We’re proud to showcase the partners who have contributed to the advancement of our mission.
A Commitment to Data Privacy and Security
The DCC has a comprehensive data privacy program which encompasses all jurisdictions in which we manage subject data. This program includes policies around individual patient-level data that meet or exceed human subject research protection requirements as well as applicable regulatory policy. Every contribution of clinical data to a DCC project is governed by a Data Contribution Agreement (DCA), which specifies the scope of data sharing permitted by the contributor. Data contributors must also certify that they have met all applicable requirements to enable secondary research on contributed data. Through the support of our sponsors, members, and collaborators, data permitted to be shared through the DCA are currently made freely available to qualified researchers. All data are encrypted in rest and in transit, accessed only for qualified research purposes governed by data use agreements.
In addition to internal controls ensuring data is secure and patient privacy is protected, C-Path’s new data and analytics platform is built in the Digital Research Environment (DRE) of Aridhia Informatics. The DRE maintains ISO 27001 certification and is HITRUST certified. Additional certifications and security details about the DRE utilized by C-Path can be found on their Security and Compliance page.