EC Trial Finder

Experimental Cancer Trial Finder (EC Trial Finder) is the ECMC network’s new tool to support trial recruitment.
What is it?

EC Trial Finder is a new trial database that enables clinical staff to quickly and easily search for early phase oncology trials within the ECMC network for their patients.

EC Trial Finder aims to improve patient access to trials, enhance referrals and drive faster trial recruitment. It is central to our shared ambition of making the UK the best place to develop and deliver early phase oncology trials and improving patient access to innovative cancer therapies.

The project is currently in its early alpha testing phase. This is intended to be a pilot phase during which the core concept of the EC Trial Finder will be tested for viability, usability and usefulness.

What is different about EC Trial Finder?

EC Trial Finder provides a single source of actively recruiting clinical trials and is kept up-to-date and accurate by clinical staff within the network. EC Trial Finder was created to address a known challenge i.e. a lack of visibility of recruiting oncology trials and the resulting challenge this provides in matching patients to trials and referring across the network, ultimately impacting trial delivery.

The search and filtering functionality is custom designed allowing clinical staff to identify suitable trials for their patients faster. The database includes up to date contact details of the recruiting sites, enabling users to quickly contact the site to check if their patient may be eligible for the trial and determine slot availability.

Who is it for?

During the alpha testing phase, access to the EC Trial Finder is restricted to ECMC clinicians and other relevant ECMC staff members responsible for identifying suitable trials for their patients. If you’re part of the ECMC network and haven’t received the EC Trial Finder user registration form, please do get in touch.

For those outside the network, Cancer Research UK has a separate searchable “Find a Trial” database designed exclusively for patients and public seeking information about cancer trials.

What are the potential benefits?
  • Improved patient access to trials
  • Increased opportunity for suitable trial identification and referrals within the ECMC network, including for trials which can be hard to recruit to
  • Increased opportunity to enhance patient recruitment volumes and timelines
  • Better visibility of clinical trial information across the ECMC network


The EC Trial Finder is delivered in collaboration with Cancer Research UK's Technology team.

Siru Virtanen

EC Trial Finder Programme Coordinator/ Business Owner