Tools4Patient (T4P) takes an academic approach to the commercialization of technology centered around the optimization and acceleration of therapeutic drug development programs. The first product launched is Placebell©™, which through a variety of data capture sources and analyses characterizes the individual placebo response in subjects and patients enrolled in clinical trials.
Founded in 2013 and based in Gosselies, Belgium, Tools4Patient is a privately- held innovative company engaged in creating analytical tools with both research and clinical applications. The company strives to improve patient quality of life by supporting physicians’ and pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies’ efforts in identifying the right therapeutic for each individual patient.
The company is taking full advantage of its founders’ extensive expertise and experience in drug development. Their experience and that of our extensive professional network of advisors, consultants, and collaborators provide T4P’s core scientists and operational groups with the efficiency, practical know-how, and knowledge required to achieve the company’s objectives. Patients, however, are the essential link in the development of future treatments; T4P could not continue to develop new technologies without them. Therefore, care is taken to ensure that patients are involved at every stage of development, listening constantly to their needs and seeing them as critical stakeholders in the clinical research process.
We take very seriously our obligations to protect the privacy of our partners including our clients, their employees and business partners as well as that of the participants in all Clinical Trials conducted by our clients and/or ourselves.
Tools4patient.SA. is registered as a Data Controller with APD (Autorité de protection des données) (Registration number 10DJZ2ZD).
How we use your information
We hold personal information where this is necessary to interact with our business partners including their employees; our clients (e.g. Sponsors); our suppliers (e.g. Clinical Investigator Sites) and any other business partners such as worldwide regulatory agencies for the purposes of agreeing or executing project contracts with them.
When business partners disclose information to us we assume that they have the necessary agreements in place with the other parties for this disclosure.
We also hold pseudonymised data information from subjects participating in clinical trials conducted by our clients or by ourselves. This supports the clinical trials data analysis. Prior to participating in a clinical trial, the subjects receive, in the informed consent document, the information regarding the collection, storage, transfer, and use of their data. Those data are always pseudonymised and in some circumstances anomimyzed.
Information that we hold
The information that we hold, related to our business partners, includes business and individual names, business addresses, business email addresses and telephone numbers. It also includes financial information necessary for the processing of payments.
We do not collect any sensitive personal data from our clients or business partners.
No sensitive personal data will be collected relating to participants in Clinical Trials with the very rare exception that it may be necessary to copy an exhibit during an audit of a trial to provide evidence of an issue. In the rare even that this is necessary, all identifiers such as patient name or date of birth will be redacted at the point of collection leaving only the patient number visible.
How your data are stored and protected
Information may be stored electronically in our IT systems and infrastructure, or in our offices with required protection measures to limit uncontrolled access.
We will not supply personal information from a business partner to any third party without explicit permission, except as necessary to complete our contracts with this business partner or to fulfil our business or legal obligations
We will not knowingly transmit your information outside of the EEA unless necessary to perform an agreed project, for example agreed communications with a US employee of one of our business partners, agreed communication with a Regulatory Agency or in preparation for an audit of a site in a third country.
How long do we retain information
We do not collect more information than we need to fulfil our stated purposes and will not retain it for longer than is necessary to complete our agreed projects, fulfil contract terms or as required by laws or regulatory guidelines related to the project activities or general business obligations such as financial records.
Since most of our projects relate to regulated Clinical Trial activities, it is likely that most records will be retained for many years unless we are notified by our clients that this retention is no longer necessary. As a minimum, records of all activities, including correspondence, will be retained for at least 6 years.
We review our records annually to ensure that we are not holding unnecessary information.
Access to personal information/your rights
Tools4patient will be as open as we can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. If we do hold information about you, we will:
If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to have access to it and correct any mistakes.
You have the right to ask us not to use your personal information in the future and to remove your details from our databases and mailing lists.
We would also like to contact our clients periodically to provide general updates on information that we think may be of interest (e.g. changes in regulations) or updates on services that we offer. If you or any of your employees wish to be removed from our mailing list for general communications, you may at any time unsubscribe directly from Tools4Patient’s newsletter through “unsubscribe option” (always available) or send a message to us at email@example.com and we will take immediate action.
You also have the right to ask use to erase stored information about you and we will do this unless continued storage is required as part of a contractual, legal or regulatory obligation.
All requests relating to your personal information should be sent to us in writing at our registered offices and by email to DPO@tools4patient.com.