Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a clinician/academic interested in learning more about clinical research. Who should I contact?
Whether you practice in a private setting or an academic center, Alcon Medical Affairs welcomes the opportunity to connect with interested researchers. Simply fill out the form below with your details and a member of our Medical Affairs team will be in touch to provide you with more information about research opportunities at Alcon.
What is an Alcon Investigator Initiated Trial (IIT)?
Our leadership is grounded in cutting-edge innovation and breakthrough technology, transforming the way we treat eye diseases and eye conditions. We have the widest array of eye care offerings in the industry with products organized into three areas of focus: Surgical, Vision Care, and Dry Eye/Ocular Heaalth. Alcon believes in the need to support ethical independent clinical research conducted by qualified third-party investigators via Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs), complementing Alcon-sponsored research. As such, IITs helps us explore new opportunities to address unmet real world medical needs. The investigator has responsibility for study conception, design, operational execution, data handling, data analysis/interpretation, subsequent reporting/ publication, and ensuring compliance with all local laws and regulations.
What are the qualification of Investigators/Sponsors of IITs?
Alcon is open to working with new scientific partners. As part of the application process however, Alcon is looking to support IITs concepts submitted by third-party sponsors/investigators that are able to demonstrate clear evidence of high ethical and scientific standards as it relates to clinical research in human subjects. For more information, please fill out a form below and a member of our team will provide more information about the IIT process.
Are Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs) conducted globally?
We are committed to supporting a substantial amount of clinical research in order to enhance patient care and the practice of medicine around the world. Hence, IITs are conducted by qualified investigators from across the globe. Our Alcon medical colleagues aim to exchange scientific/educational information with health care professionals as experts to enhance the practice of medicine. Our medical colleagues will respond to investigator-expressed interests to address scientific interests and avoid unintended duplication in areas where known research is being undertaken. Contact us for more information.
I'm a clinician interested in undertaking research but I have little clinical research experience. Is Alcon open to new researchers?
Our medical affairs team employ rigorous ethical and scientific standards when engaging and reviewing study proposals from third-party independent sponsors, including evaluating investigator qualification and institutional site capability. Alcon will consider, on a case-by-case basis, to encourage development of local sponsor capabilities in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) through an appropriate credible third party/stakeholder, if local policy and regulations permit.