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Getting Started with Sponsored Testing

What is sponsored testing?

Sponsored testing is clinical lab testing where results go back to the ordering physician and payment for the testing is provided by the sponsoring pharma company. As part of the program, certain de-identified data are shared with program sponsors.


How does a sponsored testing program benefit patients and health care providers?

Sponsored testing programs help increase patient access to testing options and can help shorten the diagnostic journey for rare diseases and disorders by removing the financial cost of lab testing. Lab results can help guide patients to therapeutic drug monitoring options, fulfill drug label requirements, and help raise awareness for clinical trial opportunities.


How does a sponsored testing program benefit the pharma company?

Sponsored testing programs can help increase access to ordering health care providers and patients. Programs also allow access to clinical data to track trends and disease prevalence.


What is the process to set up a sponsored testing program?

The process for setting up a sponsored testing program includes the following steps:

  • Select the appropriate clinical test(s) from our test catalog to match your program's purpose.
  • Choose your desired program health care provider participants.
  • Determine which de-identified data will be reported to the sponsoring pharma company.
  • BioPharma Diagnostics creates a pricing bid for you to review.
  • Your team reviews and approves the bid.
  • A customized Laboratory Service Agreement that outlines the responsibilities or obligations of each party and includes legal requirements is created.
  • Legal teams review and approve the contract.
  • Depending on the project, unique test code(s), test profiles, and/or client accounts are created to suit the program needs.

Which health care providers have access to the sponsored testing program?

Access varies by program and is decided by the sponsoring pharma company. Some programs are available to select predetermined client accounts, while others are open to all health care providers. This is discussed in the initial project discussions.


What data can the sponsoring pharma company receive as part of the program?

In accordance with HIPAA regulations, no identifiable protected health information is shared with third-party companies. Examples of data that can be shared as part of the program are listed below. Specific data elements to be included in the program are discussed during initial project discussions.

  • Facility of the ordering health care provider (with signed physician form)
  • Contact information of the ordering health care provider (with signed physician form)
  • Test volumes
  • De-identified test results
  • Patient gender
  • Patient age range