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Diversity in clinical trials

We’re committed to helping people of all dimensions of diversity address their health needs. To do so, we need people from different communities in our clinical trials.

April 27, 2021

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Why is diversity in clinical trials so important?

Different people may have different reactions to the same treatment, based on their age, gender, weight, race, ethnicity, and other factors. Clinical trials rely on volunteers to take part, and it’s vital that these people come from diverse backgrounds. By including people from diverse backgrounds, clinical trials can show if the treatments are safe and work well for people from all different communities.

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Commitment to diversity

We are committed to enrolling diverse people in our clinical trials around the world. People of color. Women, children, men. Varying ages. LGBTQI+. Different socioeconomic backgrounds. Different ethnicities. And other characteristics.

Our recruitment process continues to evolve so that our clinical trials achieve the appropriate participant representation to help us safely bring new medicines to all people.

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Worldwide clinical trials

We strive to enroll diverse individuals in our clinical trials across the globe. Currently we conduct our clinical trials in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Gift for human health

In a survey of over 12,000 people, most people considered taking part in a clinical trial to be the greatest gift they could make for human health. Here are some thoughts from people who have been involved in clinical trials, in their own words…

“It’s really important that impacted communities and individuals be part of the solution, and one of the entry points to that is in clinical research.”

Luther Clark

deputy chief patient officer

“Diversity in our trials is not just an initiative – it’s our way of working. It’s woven into all steps of the trial process.”

Adrelia Allen

director, clinical operations

“We need to put our trust in science — and follow practices that scientists recommend — to help save lives — especially Black lives.”

Denarra Simmons

senior scientist


We address the world’s most difficult health challenges, following world-class science

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Clinical trials

Our progress is due in large part to the important and tough scientific questions we set out to answer with our trials and collaborations. We are grateful to the thousands of volunteers who participate in our clinical trials – making this all possible.

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Our commitment to patients is unwavering

As long as there are patients still in hospitals, doctors and nurses desperate to add years to the lives of their patients and a world where treatments aren’t accessible to all, we will be here: fighting with all we have to deliver more, sooner.