Becoming a Sponsor/CRO of Choice: The Site Perspective

Clinical Trials, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical,
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 11am EST (NA) / 4pm GMT (UK) / 5pm CET (EU-Central)
  • 60 min

In early 2018, The Avoca Group and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) collaborated on web-based survey research to evaluate the key attributes that drive quality in clinical trials from the site perspective.

In the research, investigational sites were asked to rate sponsor and CRO attributes (including responsiveness to questions, knowledge of the study protocol, and frequency of CRA turnover, among others) and study execution (including setting of realistic patient recruitment goals, design of CRF, and ease of EDC systems). 

During this live webinar, key findings – as well as recommendations for sponsors and CROs who want to become “partners of choice” with sites – will be presented.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Essentials of protocol quality and designing studies with site feasibility in mind
  • Where to focus staff training and education efforts
  • The two biggest concerns for sites
  • The kind of support sites say they need more of
  • Why including sites in regulatory inspection preparedness planning is among the most effective actions sponsors and CROs can take to build positive relationships with sites
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Speakers

Kristen Jonathan Bennett, Associate Director, Client Delivery, The Avoca Group

A member of the Avoca Group’s integrated consulting and Avoca Quality Consortium® workstreams, Kristen Bennett provides consulting services to top pharmaceutical, biotech, and contract research organizations, and oversees client deliverables, systems, and processes across The Avoca Group. Kristen has 12 years of clinical trial experience with expertise in clinical trial execution, process development, and strategic management. Her previous professional roles include project, data, and site management.

Kristen’s clinical research career began as a clinical research coordinator at a large academic oncology institution where she was responsible for the recruitment, intervention, data collection, laboratory, and data analysis for studies across multiple therapeutic areas. Kristen transitioned into a research supervisory role with the primary responsibility of developing and providing education, orientation, and continuing education programs relative to conducting research protocols. Kristen has also co-authored several scientific abstracts/poster presentations.

As project manager at various CROs, Kristen ensured operational excellence within the project management group across a portfolio of studies. She participated on the Steering Committee of each study to analyze trial progress and mitigate newly identified trial risks. She also developed and evaluated study performance metrics against agreed-upon budget deliverables and timelines. Additionally, Kristen managed and coordinated the efforts of cross-functional project teams to support milestone achievement while implementing continuous improvement activities for internal and external risk mitigation.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

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Jim Kremidas, Executive Director, Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Jim Kremidas is the Executive Director for ACRP, a nonprofit association that represents the clinical research enterprise. Prior to that, he conducted consulting services for a variety of clients, including support for investigator sites, academic institutions, sponsors and suppliers. He was the Senior Vice President of Patient Recruitment at two large CROs for more than six years, where he and his team were responsible for developing and implementing patient enrollment strategies for global clinical trials. Prior to that, he spent 24 years with Eli Lilly and Company.

Jim is on the advisory board of CISCRP (a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing patient participation in clinical trials) and is also a volunteer for the Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative (CTTI) with Duke and the NIH. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and his articles/papers have been published in a wide variety of trade journals.

 

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Who Should Attend?

Company types:

  • Sponsors
  • CROs
  • Sites
  • Clinical Service Providers

Titles/Roles:

  • Clinical Operations/Management/Research/Development
  • Monitoring/Site Management/Study Management
  • Good Clinical Practice/GCP

What You Will Learn

Join this webinar to learn:

  • Essentials of protocol quality and designing studies with site feasibility in mind
  • Where to focus staff training and education efforts
  • The two biggest concerns for sites
  • The kind of support sites say they need more of
  • Why including sites in regulatory inspection preparedness planning is among the most effective actions sponsors and CROs can take to build positive relationships with sites

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The Avoca Group

The Avoca Group is a life sciences consulting firm dedicated to improving quality and compliance in the clinical trial execution process. Visit theavocagroup.com to learn more.

ACRP

In clinical research, people are everything. ACRP raises clinical research standards and accelerates careers. Better People. Better Results. Visit us at acrpnet.org to learn more about us.

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