Division | Medicines Research

The Division of Medicines Research promotes and contributes to clinical research in resource limited settings. Its long-term experience in managing and conducting clinical research projects, particularly in Africa, and its close collaboration with Swiss TPH's clinical and research units are key assets, positioning at the interface between industry and academia. The Division combines an approach of conducting and supporting clinical trials, conducting research on trial methodology and provides training-courses and capacity building based on our experiences and conclusions.

Providing Clinical Research Services

The Pharmaceutical Medicine Unit of the Division acts as an academic Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing services for clinical research to clients from industry, PPP/PDP-consortia or academia. Its distinct academic profile, combined with long-term operating experience in low-resource countries, differentiates the unit from other CROs and creates a competitive advantage.

Positioned at the Interface between Academia and Industry

  • Clinical Trials:
    • Poverty related diseases
    • Resource-limited settings
  • Capacity Building
  • Quality Management
  • Academic Studies

High Quality Services for Clinical Research:

  • Project management, execution and monitoring of clinical trails Phase I-IV
  • Support to Investigator-initiated trials
  • Consultancy for quality systems
  • Audits of sites and systems
  • Courses for professionals and clinical trial staff
Christian Burri

“Pharmaceutical companies usually separate the science from the trial operations. We bring these two parts together. That is our key advantage.”

Christian Burri
Head of Division

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Selected projects at this location:

Vischer N, Pfeiffer C, Limacher M, Burri C. "You can save time if..."-a qualitative study on internal factors slowing down clinical trials in Sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS One. 2017;12(3):e0173796. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173796

Burri C, Blum J. Human African trypanosomiasis. In: Cohen Jonathan,Powderly William G,Opal Steven M, eds. Infectious Diseases. 2, 966-970;1761-1762: Elsevier, 2017

Vischer N, Pfeiffer C, Kealy J, Burri C. Increasing protocol suitability for clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa: a mixed methods study. Glob Health Res Policy. 2017;2:11. DOI: 10.1186/s41256-017-0031-1

Pohlig G et al. Efficacy and safety of pafuramidine versus pentamidine maleate for treatment of first stage sleeping sickness in a randomized, comparator-controlled, international phase 3 clinical trial. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016;10(2):e0004363. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004363

Burri C et al. Efficacy, safety, and dose of pafuramidine, a new oral drug for treatment of first stage sleeping sickness, in a phase 2a clinical study and phase 2b randomized clinical studies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016;10(2):e0004362. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004362