Published on February 22, 2019

How do you know if your product is on the right track? And if it is efficiently solving the problems you think your customers are facing? These were a few questions we asked ourselves at the beginning of 2018.

The solution: Ask the people who are regularly using your product! And that’s exactly what we did. We invited researchers who are using Castor to conduct their studies to share their projects with us.

We spent 2018 compiling the studies, nominating the best 9, and finally bringing all of these researchers under one roof. Months of running on all cylinders culminated in the grand finale, the Castor Research Award on 31st January 2019.

The reason we started this research award is because it is important that people at Castor get a very clear idea of how our users are using the platform and to support young researchers in the field who are doing great things for healthcare,” – commented Derk Arts (CEO, Castor EDC).

Castor welcomed medical researchers to pitch their promising projects in front of the entire Castor team and a panel of 3 experts in the final round of the Castor Research Award. The event began with the 9 nominees who were asked to do a Pecha Kucha about their research.  A Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where the presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). This is quite a challenge in itself when you need to explain a complex medical project involving multiple phases and spanning over several centers in under 10 minutes! But, our nominees did a spectacular job.

Here’s a sneak peek into how these researchers have been using Castor EDC: 

1. A comprehensive platform for data collection

2. Features they love

3. Not tech-savvy? Castor is simple and easy to use!

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4. Concerned about compliance requirements? Castor has you covered.

After the evening full of pitches and tough questions from the jury and the audience, the winner was announced. The grand prize was awarded to Fleur Keij, Erasmus MC-Sophia & Franciscus Gasthuis & Vlietland. Fleur’s project evaluates the safety and efficacy of an early intravenous to oral antibiotic switch in neonates at risk for sepsis (Reduction of intravenous Antibiotics In Neonates – RAIN). You can read more about this study here.

We would like to thank everyone who presented their projects and attended the event to support the researchers. We are looking forward to seeing more amazing projects in Castor and next year’s Castor Research Award!


You can watch the entire event here:

This project is supported by the Kansen voor West II program run by Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, Flevoland, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht. This program is funded by the Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling fund.


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