A Central Lab Perspective on Site and Patient Centricity: Going Beyond the Data

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials,
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Accurate, reliable and fast data is essential to any study. Clinical trial sponsors find it challenging to have accurate data from their central laboratory, and the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many issues in study startups. It is critical that a CRO central lab provides strategic tools and systems that manage every aspect of clinical trials to emphasize patient centricity. This can be done by providing integrated data to project teams in real time to help inform decisions, especially for complex trials. Additionally, it is imperative to have robust IT capabilities to continually innovate and embrace the latest and greatest technologies. With an enhanced clinical focus, PPD is reimagining the role of the central lab in the clinical trial ecosystem.

Join this webinar to learn how PPD has changed the central lab paradigm and is enabling clinical trials to be more efficient.


Chris Clendening, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Chris Clendening, Senior Vice President Global Laboratory Services, Central Lab, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Chris Clendening leads the global central labs’ operations team for CRG. In his role, he partners with clients across both biopharma and biotech to develop innovative lab solutions. He joined PPD in 2006 as a Project Manager and held multiple positions within the Global Central Lab organization. Chris led the development of strategic initiatives for the business. Most significantly, he and his team developed the innovative Preclarus(r) platform that has contributed to the recent success and above-industry growth of PPD’s Central Lab business. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Muskingum University and completed doctorate-level work at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.

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Olivia Aspite, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Olivia Aspite, Executive Director, Global Lab Operations, PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Olivia Aspite is the Executive Director of PPD Laboratory Services Central Lab Global Operations. In this role, she is accountable for global support for clinical trial sample management, materials management and kitting operations for clinical sample collection kits, sample and kit logistics and lab investigator site services. Olivia has an MS in Molecular Biology and started her career with PPD in the vaccines lab in 2009. She transitioned to the central lab in 2016, where she supported key account management, working with some of the largest clients. Leveraging the experience gained in the operational improvements implemented for these client relationships, Olivia assumed the Executive Director of Global Lab Operations role in 2021 and in that role, has stabilized and expanded the team’s global service offerings.

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Tricia Moloy, PPD part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tricia Moloy, Director of Project Management, PPD part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tricia is part of the PPD Global Central Laboratories team, supporting strategic, portfolio, and operational delivery for large biopharma customers. She manages the strategic partnership accounts globally across all therapeutic areas and all PPD labs business units. Tricia has more than 24 years of experience in the life science and central lab space and has spent much of her career in Project Management, Data Management, Alliance Management and in multiple facets of leadership throughout her career.

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Tracy Roe, PPD part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tracy Roe, Vice President, Development Operations, PPD part of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tracy Roe is part of the Development Operations leadership team as a Vice President supporting Commercial and Global Clinical Development/Project Delivery. Tracy masterfully manages strategic partnership accounts, encompassing both full-service and FSP, globally across all therapeutic and business units across PPD. Tracy is an effective leader, who specializes in building customer relationships and building strong teams under her who are empowered to succeed in Portfolio Delivery. Tracy has more than 27 years of experience in the clinical research and pharmaceutical industry and her depth of experience encompasses data management, project management and strategic partnerships across all trial phases.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar appeals to professionals in the following fields:

  • Industry: biotech and biopharma companies; global drug and vaccine developers
  • Clinical research investigators and site directors
  • IT in the clinical trial space
  • CRAs

What You Will Learn

  • How the central lab paradigm has changed and what to expect
  • How clinically-focused central labs solve client and site challenges
  • What expanded services and solutions to request from a central lab

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PPD Laboratory Services

The PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific provides laboratory services that combine high-quality scientific expertise with industry-leading technologies supported by a commitment to exceptional quality to deliver integrated analytical services to the pharmaceutical landscape. Our customers benefit from comprehensive services backed by more than 35 years of experience as a clinical research organization. Recognized as a global industry leader in accelerating promising medicines from early development through regulatory approval and market access, we serve pharma, biotech, medical device and government organizations with custom-tailored solutions, including full-service partnerships and functional service partnerships. As a strategic partner in clinical development and analytical services, we apply some of the most cutting-edge technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help customers deliver life-changing therapies.

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