PHARMACY MARKET

Narrativa Raises $1.3M to Help Pharma Companies Accelerate the FDA Drug Approval Process

Narrativa | May 19, 2021

Narrativa, which has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) medical writing platform to assist pharmaceutical firms in speeding up drug approval and lowering overall compliance costs, recently completed a $1.3 million funding round.

The Los Angeles-based firm currently uses its SaaS platform to automate the production of Clinical Study Reports (CSRs) and other regulatory reports for several pharmaceutical firms and other clinical research organizations (CROs).

The AI-writing assistant platform utilizes advanced Natural Language Generation (NLG) to process millions of data points from clinical trials and generate readable and understandable written medical narratives, improving accuracy and minimizing the time and expense of producing critical (and time-consuming) regulatory documents.

"The pharma industry has evolved as a result of the availability and quality of data from clinical trials, with the most significant impact on drug discovery. To detect trends, test hypotheses, and understand the effectiveness of treatments, pharmaceutical firms have often focused on empirical data. It's time to put artificial intelligence to work assisting medical authors in the development of regulatory documents "Narrativa's founder and CEO, David Llorente, says.

Pharmaceutical firms spend more than $1.5 billion on regulatory documentation, and it may take up to a year to complete the paperwork for FDA approval of a new drug. The amount of time taken on regulatory documentation significantly lengthens the time it takes for new drugs to reach the market.

About Narrativa
Narrativa was established in 2015 with the idea that technology should be used to positively transform the world. Narrativa, named one of the most important companies in the field of NLG by Samsung, helps companies expand by anticipating trends and converting data into the human language in real-time. Narrativa creates automated content in a variety of areas, including finance, pharmaceuticals, insurance, media, and gaming, using its artificial intelligence system and machine learning experience.

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The evolution of the generic drug market in recent decades has introduced many benefits to the healthcare industry lower pharmaceutical costs and greater consumer access to needed medicines. By offering the bioequivalent product of a brand name drug that is no longer protected by a patent, the generic market has carved out a significant niche within the U.S. healthcare landscape, representing approximately eight out of 10 prescriptions.

Spotlight

The evolution of the generic drug market in recent decades has introduced many benefits to the healthcare industry lower pharmaceutical costs and greater consumer access to needed medicines. By offering the bioequivalent product of a brand name drug that is no longer protected by a patent, the generic market has carved out a significant niche within the U.S. healthcare landscape, representing approximately eight out of 10 prescriptions.

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