CRO Benchmark Survey: Peer Review and Perspective of Oversight and Collaboration

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical Regulation, Pharmaceutical,
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CROs today are faced with challenges beyond growing and maintaining the business of providing outsourcing services. Within the study conduct phase of clinical trials, they are responsible for quality data, accurate and timely communications, and best practices in reducing risk in managing studies, sites, CRAs and portfolios for their sponsor clients.

This webinar will present findings from a new benchmark survey conducted across leading CRO executives and project team members, to shed light on the challenges associated with managing increasing complexity of data, maintaining milestones at greater economy, and addressing new requirements from guidance such as ICH E6(R2).

The webinar will share results from questions such as:

  • What are the greatest limitations to a successful sponsor relationship?
    • How are you planning to address ICH E6(R2) with your sponsor clients?
  • How can the process of creating and maintaining Quality Agreements and Vendor Oversight plans be improved?


Julie Peacock of Comprehend will present findings from this new report and then provide a live demonstration of clinical intelligence designed for CROs:

  1. Create, monitor and manage quality agreements and oversight plans
  2. Proactively identify and mitigate risk
  3. Manage portfolio and site performance
  4. Empower joint CRO-Sponsor teams through collaboration and workflow


Julie Peacock, Client Services, Comprehend

Closely aligned with customers and the sales organization, Julie focuses on enabling prospects and customers on Comprehend’s Clinical Intelligence solutions. She manages go to market strategy, sales enablement, and product marketing.

Prior to Comprehend, Julie spent 18 years at Oracle Corporation in the enterprise application space where she managed strategy, field enablement and launch activities for a series of BtoB solutions. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Auburn University.

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Tracey Hammett, Director, Clinical Development, Sarah Cannon Development Innovations

Tracey has more than 20 years of experience in clinical research at both a Sponsor and CRO and currently serves as Director, Clinical Development as Sarah Cannon Development Innovations . She has extensive knowledge of early oncology drug development and is an expert in leading and managing cross-functional, global working teams to design, conduct, and deliver projects. She is an advocate of data-driven processes and quality metrics in conducting clinical trials. Tracey has a degree in nursing and graduated from the Oxford School of Nursing in the UK.

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Mike Blume, Executive Director CRO Channel, Comprehend

Mike is responsible for managing our CRO channel at Comprehend.  He has spent his career in clinical development areas growing customers and sales organizations. His 10+ years of clinical experience includes contributions at both INC Research and inVentiv Health in a series of management roles.

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Who Should Attend?

CROs, Clinical Operations and Data Management Professionals

  • Clinical Trial/Clinical Study Management
  • Clinical Data/Informatics/IT
  • Clinical Outsourcing
  • Clinical Project Managers
  • Clinical Project Directors
  • Director of Project Delivery

Clinical Research, Technology and Business Professionals

  • Biometrics/Biostatistics
  • Business Technology/Applications/Solutions
  • Business Analyst
  • CTO
  • Project Management


Xtalks Partners


Comprehend offers a suite of Clinical Intelligence applications that enables ClinOps Execs, Data Managers and Medical Monitors to significantly improve the speed, safety and quality of a portfolio of clinical trials. Across studies, sites, systems and CROs, Comprehend’s Clinical Intelligence Suite is particularly effective for centralized monitoring, risk monitoring, CRO oversight and collaboration, and medical monitoring initiatives. Comprehend gives life sciences companies a new source of competitiveness and the confidence to deliver high quality trial submissions at a new speed. Comprehend: the speed to quality results. Learn more at

Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Sarah Cannon Research Institute is the research arm of HCA Healthcare’s global cancer institute. Focused on advancing therapies for patients, it is one of the world’s leading clinical research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s network of strategic sites includes more than 275 physicians who engage in research. The organization has led more than 260 first-in-man clinical trials since its inception in 1993, and has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of approved cancer therapies over the last 10 years. Additionally, Sarah Cannon offers management, regulatory, and other research support services for drug development and industry sponsors as well as strategic investigator sites through its contract research organization (CRO), Sarah Cannon Development Innovations. For more information, visit

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