2016 has been a year of difficulties. From presidents being voted in in the US to the UK voting out of the EU and the myriad of celebrity deaths, a lot of people feel that 2016 has really given humanity a battering. It has also been a bad year for clinical trials, with many mistakes made in an industry that costs an awful lot of money to progress. With costs of drug development climbing, the fact that we still see a range of mistakes and failures in clinical trials is of great concern.


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Some of the failures this year have been through patient deaths, regardless of whether the drug involved was a factor; drugs that touched off-stock price falls of greater than 60 per cent; drugs with declines in small stock; and those that reduced jobs due to failure in the trial. Jobs for clinical trial assistants are on the rise, with more drugs being tested every year; however, each time there is a failure, there is a job decline – this is not much of an incentive!

The unlucky 13

According to a Forbes news article on the failures of clinical trials, the clinical trial success rate in the late stages is generally 50 per cent. This means half of all clinical trials fail before the early stages have finished. Given the money spent to get them to this stage, this is unacceptable and clinical trial assistants are being worked harder to ensure the research and development is on point.

The 13 that failed in 2016 include viral gene therapy for glioblastomas, whole cell immunotherapy for resected pancreatic cancer, and bivalent SMAC mimetic for MDS. These drugs failed for different reasons, including patient death and not meeting the right response in candidates.

Research and development

Two of the biggest clinical trials are drugs for cancer and for allergies. Companies such as http://www.gandlscientific.com/clinical-trial-assistants/ recruit clinical trial research assistants to support the development of a clinical trial and the drugs involved. These assistants can then track changes and outcomes for the drugs involved in each trial.

By having the correct research assistants, the trials can be closely monitored and maintained. A successful trial is far more likely to be the outcome, which is vital for a drug to be a success.

Cork is the perfect choice if you are looking for eco-friendly flooring for your home or workplace. Cork is a natural product with many benefits to its use, as well as being a naturally sustainable alternative to other flooring choices.


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Cork is very much back in trend and according to the Daily Telegraph modern city dwellers are now using it as an alternative to the more traditional flooring choices of oak and parquet flooring. It has come a long way from the seventies with increasing volumes of cork forests growing in Europe.

Cork is made from tree bark, making it a natural and renewable resource. The outer bark is stripped from the tree, which grows back over a period of 9 years. This means the tree gets harvested every 9 years, and with the tree living up to 200 years, we can see why cork is very much favoured as the eco-friendly choice. The processing is simple too, with the corking being pressed or boiled. Any wastage is then reused. The key point being that no trees are cut down to provide cork flooring.

So, considering that many of us are moving towards more environmentally friendly flooring, what are the benefits of cork flooring?


Cork has over 40 million natural cushion cells per cubic centimetre which provides thermal insulation and soundproofing all in one. Not only is it comfortable to walk on barefoot but it is quiet too. It has a real warmth to it and also pleasant to the touch.


Cork floors have the benefit of being resistant to bacteria and do not absorb dust, making this an ideal flooring choice for allergy sufferers, in particular, those who suffer from Asthma.
Nowadays, cork flooring is coated with a highly-advanced coating making cork extremely hard wearing and very resistant. A perfect choice for high traffic areas. Maintenance is low key too with very minimal upkeep required.

If all this sounds too good to be true, then it would be worth looking at some different types of cork flooring that are available to purchase from retailers such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/what-is/cork-flooring where there are great choices available.

To sum up, cork is eco-friendly, hard wearing, insulated, sound and waterproof and soft to the touch. What is there not to like about modern cork flooring?