Austin, Texas-based clinical trial recruitment company ePatientFinder raised nearly $2.6 million from Parsons & Whittemore and a group of angel investors. This brings the company's total funding to about $4 million. The company closed a $1.4 million round in May 2014, according to Austin Business Journal.
ePatientFinder has developed a service that helps physicians find suitable clinical trials for patients. ePatientFinder collects data from the provider's EHR and uses it to match the provider's patients with clinical trials and preventative procedures that recently received FDA clearance.
Once matched, ePatientFinder sends information about the treatment options to a provider and then collects additional eligibility information directly from the patient. At that point, if the patient still meets the requirements, the service will schedule a time for the patient to discuss this treatment option with a provider.
ePatientFinder currently connects physicians and patients with treatments for chronic conditions, but the company plans to expand to include cancer immunotherapy and pediatrics, according to a report in MedCity News.
The company is already working with "numerous top ten pharmaceutical companies and CROs", ePatientFinder CEO Tom Dorsett said in a statement.
"Patients are made aware of trial opportunities by their own physicians and we have seen an average of 86 percent of patients identified showing interest in opting into the screening process," he said. "We are now scaling our provider network throughout the country via partnerships with EHR vendors."