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Investigator-Initiated Studies Program



Thank you for your interest in conducting research in the field of Interventional Oncology (IO). The Investigator-Initiated Studies Program supports studies with scientific and medical merit developed and sponsored by independent investigators or academic sponsors around the globe. An investigator-initiated study (IIS)  is independently conducted without the participation of Terumo.

For an IIS, the researcher functions both as the sponsor and (Principal) investigator for the study and is responsible for study conception, design and operational execution; data handling, analysis and interpretation; subsequent reporting and publication; and compliance with all local laws and regulations.

Initial Proposal Application

An initial proposal application, using the protocol evaluation form, includes: 

  • Required supporting documents in English
  • Principal investigator's curriculum vitae
  • Project summary to include:
    • Background
    • Objective and rationale
    • Primary endpoints
    • Project duration
  • Requested support (if any)
    • Monetary (in euros)
    • Materials
    • Equipment

About the Investigator-Initiated Studies Program

Terumo established an internal cross-functional review process to assess the requests for support of investigator-initiated studies. A timely and complete submission will be reviewed by an internal  scientific committee and Grants & Donations committee.

Terumo may support external clinical investigations with researchers who can demonstrate clear evidence of high ethical and scientific standards that govern clinical research in human subjects as stipulated by the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) E6(R2) Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Investigator-Initiated Studies Program

Investigator-initiated studies have scientific and medical merit and are developed and sponsored by an independent researcher. An IIS is conducted independently without Terumo participation or involvement. The IIS researcher may request Terumo to provide any or all of the following: funding, medical device(s), laboratory test(s)/procedure(s), equipment and training.

Responsibilities of the independent researcher:
  • Study design and conduct
  • Protocol review and approval
  • Obtaining the ethics committee and/or regulatory authority approvals, as required
  • Collecting the informed consents
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Publication
  • Compliance with local laws, regulations and guidelines
  • Reporting to regulatory authorities

Other responsibilities include:
  • Meeting specific milestones
  • Submitting updates to Terumo Medical Affairs personnel
  • Authoring final study report

Areas of Interest

The Holmium Platform (QuiremScout® microspheres, QuiremSpheres® microspheres, Q-Suite™ software)
  • Demonstrate the value of holmium-SIRT for the treatment of primary liver cancer or liver metastases secondary to colorectal cancer (mCRC) or neuroendocrine tumors (mNET):
    • Safety and efficacy of Holmium-166 SIRT (either as stand-alone or in combination) in selected study population
    • Studies designed for understanding the role and demonstrating the value of Holmium-SIRT as an immune system modulator
    • Comparative studies in a well-defined setting
    • Real-World performance of holmium-SIRT, including data on long-term safety and side effects
    • Quality-of-Life and cost effectiveness studies

  • Use and value of the complete suite of solutions of the Holmium platform in every potential indication in terms of improved:
    • Patient selection
    • Treatment planning (e.g. personalized activity calculation)
    • Treatment and treatment evaluation

IIS Proposal Process

How to Submit

The independent researcher submits a fully completed and signed Protocol Evaluation Form via email to