Working Toward a Successful IND Filing

A Clora Case Study

by | May 2, 2019

This venture-backed, clinical stage company is developing novel delivery approaches to cell therapy. Their lead product is being developed to treat Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), the sudden loss of kidney function that can occur following cardiac surgery.

Clora has worked on 3 projects with this company relating to the filing of their IND and the execution of their early stage clinical programs.

COMPANY PROFILE • $10+ MM in VC and NIH Funding
• 10+ Employees
• Greater Boston
INDICATION Acute Kidney Injury
TECHNOLOGY/ PRODUCT Biologic/ Device combination product



The company began working with Clora during their Preclinical development. The company was ready to pursue an IND filing in order to initiate clinical trials, but the internal team had no previous experience in regulatory affairs or clinical development.

Their leadership team knew that it needed seasoned experts to help them take the next step, but they also knew they had to be capital-efficient. The estimates that they had received from full-service service providers proved to be cost-prohibitive, with little assurance that their team had deep experience within the company’s specific therapeutic area.


Clora brought the client two accomplished Ph.D. Medical Writers to help compose both the clinical and non-clinical sections of their INDAdditionally, a seasoned Senior Clinical Project Manager was matched to the client to help manage their IND submission timelines. Together, these experts had previously filed over 25 IND packages with the FDA, and had years of experience in the company’s treatment modalities and therapeutic areas.

Soon afterward, the client received the go-ahead from FDA on their IND. The Senior Clinical Project Manager that Clora had previously matched them to continued to lead all clinical operations activities for their Phase I/II program. This industry expert helped the client prepare for its upcoming clinical trials by aiding with vendor oversight, study start-up, and overall timeline and budget management of their Phase I/II program.




The company was able to stay agile and capital-efficient while preparing for their IND application by building a small team of consultants with deep experience in the company’s highly specialized therapeutic area.

The company has now initiated their First-In-Human clinical trials.


Rahul Chaturvedi, CEO

I founded Clora to organize the world’s life sciences talent. We’re applying technology to accelerate development by enabling companies to access specialized consultants time and cost-effectively.

Prior to Clora, I was the head of clinical development at several biopharma companies. I’ve led development activities for 20+ Phase II/III programs that have resulted in 6 product approvals to date. Additionally, I’ve managed business development initiatives in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.