Highlights of 2018
This year’s event was highly topical with many presentations covering the future of clinical supplies in a way which gave the audience actionable takeaways which could serve as a platform to grow your business.
- Encouraging greater patient centric trials which can improve trial results by ensuring higher levels of retention and engagement whilst targeting patients smartly – Greg Hottell, Director, Supply Chain Group Lead – R&D Platform Technology & Science, GSK showcased GSK’s latest developments in ensuring patients are included in the trail design to improve trial retention rates. In his talk Greg outline ways sponsors can select vendors who are patient centric in their approach so that your trial design is effectively implemented by your partners and adhered to as per protocol outline. Furthermore, Greg explored ways though which harnessing new technologies can maximize the relationship between investigator and patient to improve reporting and further reduce dropout rates.
- Why does my service provider never give me what I want? Exploring how both sponsors and vendors can improve their relationships to ensure a trials success – Michael McDonald, Data Delivery Lead, UCB sought to address the eternal question surrounding sponsor-vendor relationships by examining miscommunication between sponsor and partner teams as the cause of delivery failures and suggest improvements to avoid this. Michael presented strategies to improve different vendor oversight given the differences between bioanalytical labs, CMO’s and CRO’s to avoid task duplication.
- Improving staff recruitment; discussing how industry and academia can work together to ensure adequate training for future clinical trial staff to ensure trials are not compromised – William Gluck, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Trials Research Associate & Medical Product Safety/Pharmacovigilance Programs, Durham Technical Community College uncovered what difficulties lay in ensuring the establishment of a competent workforce and how this can be effectively addressed by academic institutions. Furthermore, Bill sought to establish partnerships between academia and industry to ensure educational courses are equipping new staff with adequate competencies for future roles.
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