About Audrey Shearer

Owner/founder of Spiral, a software development company based in Wellington, New Zealand. Beekeeper, gardener, motorcyclist, vegetarian, I abhor cruelty to animals.

Meet Stew, one of our Developers

Stew works on our Spinnaker platform and he is an essential part of how Spiral helps to save lives with our randomised, adaptable clinical trial software that has helped patients with COVID-19, and more. Stew’s been a Developer for more than 30 years, but he says that working with us at Spiral has been some [...]

By | February 22nd, 2021|Spiral, Team News|Comments Off on Meet Stew, one of our Developers

2020 Recap and Merry Xmas

2020 was a year of challenges, to say the least Covid-19 brought immense challenges to everyone in 2020, and it brought us our greatest challenge ever: adapting our Spinnaker platform to manage the world’s most complex clinical trial – a trial that tackled Covid-19 head-on. A recap of REMAP-CAP: the clinical trial fighting Covid-19 As [...]

By | December 22nd, 2020|Spiral, Study News|Comments Off on 2020 Recap and Merry Xmas

Updates on studies using Spinnaker Dec 2020

 ASCOT ADAPT opened for enrolments in India this week. The trial will generate clinical evidence about treatment for COVID-19 that can be applied during the pandemic, to reduce mortality or the need for mechanical ventilation in hospitalised but not yet critically ill patients with COVID-19. Mega-ROX began enrolling patients in May and has over 500 patients enrolled [...]

By | December 22nd, 2020|Study News|Comments Off on Updates on studies using Spinnaker Dec 2020

Covid-19, the world’s most complex clinical trial, and the small New Zealand company who made it possible

When Covid-19 hit, clinical trial researchers had already been preparing for the next pandemic. They weren’t ready.  But a small software company in New Zealand, Spiral, helped them to create a ground-breaking clinical trial in unprecedented timeframes. One that had a real, human benefit for COVID-19 sufferers around the world.  The truth about traditional clinical [...]

By | November 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Covid-19, the world’s most complex clinical trial, and the small New Zealand company who made it possible

User Acceptance Testing

We want to be clear and transparent with you so here’s some of the paperwork around testing, standards we comply with and how to undertake acceptance testing. Standards and testing » Attribution: Nhan Ngo / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)  

By | October 2nd, 2020|Project Delivery, Testing|Comments Off on User Acceptance Testing

Reflecting on Project Testing

It seems the last few months have been an endless round of testing. Our Spinnaker Platform has gone through multiple iterations as we adapted it for each Covid-19 Study that joined REMAP-CAP. To be honest it's been a testing year of software testing! Testing takes patience and attention to detail. It's time consuming and when it [...]

By | October 1st, 2020|Project Delivery, Spinnaker, Testing|Comments Off on Reflecting on Project Testing

Meet Jess and Emma our Project Managers

Two smart, focussed project managers have joined Spiral recently. It’s very nice to have extra hands on deck to help deliver our Covid-19 projects. Meet Jess and Emma our Project Managers for REMAP-CAP and for ASCOT-ADAPT. Both have come from running IT projects elsewhere and are very familiar with the Agile Methodology we use here [...]

By | September 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Jess and Emma our Project Managers

REMAP-CAP update

The team at Spiral are working many hours to adapt our platform for the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of our projects is in the unique position of enrolling patients with COVID-19 and allocating them to one or a number of coronavirus specific interventions. Relevant Links The REMAP-CAP Global website Chief Investigator, Steve Webb, interviewed about REMAP-CAP [...]

By | April 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on REMAP-CAP update

Coronavirus and how we play the adaptation game

We are busy adapting one of our biggest projects to collect data and eventually provide feedback on the best treatment for the novel coronavirus outbreak COVID-19. Coronavirus mutated (or adapted) recently to give us SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease. Adaptation is a great skill for a virus - it's a pretty keen skill for people [...]

By | February 19th, 2020|Study Design, Study News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Coronavirus and how we play the adaptation game

The largest ever cardiac arrest trial performed in an ICU setting uses Spinnaker in novel ways!

January 2020 saw the last patient enrolled in the TTM2 Trial. Congratulations TTM2 - the largest ever cardiac arrest trial performed in an ICU setting! The trial has been using our Spinnaker Platform in a novel way, which is what this post is about! Back in 2017 we were approached by Principle Investigator, Niklas Nielsen, [...]

By | February 4th, 2020|Spinnaker|Comments Off on The largest ever cardiac arrest trial performed in an ICU setting uses Spinnaker in novel ways!