Navigating the COA Licensing Process: How to Prepare for Success

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials,
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Clinical outcome assessments (COAs) are critical scientific tools used in clinical studies, disease treatment and daily care. They help measure the impact of disease and treatment on patients’ quality of life as well as elevate the patient voice. Each COA is carefully calibrated through rigorous research, peer review and target demographic testing. Because of their important role in collecting study data, they must comply with health authority requirements, developer guidance, copyright owner conditions of use and technical and linguistic methodologies designed to ensure their safe and accurate application.

Understanding the major factors that influence the COA licensing process can empower individuals and teams to coordinate this task with ease and skill. The featured speakers will review case examples and receive useful tips to help anticipate essential milestones. Attendees will leave this webinar with new strategies for alleviating operational complexity, saving time and ensuring compliance with overseeing regulatory bodies and intellectual property owners.

Join this webinar to learn the standard flow of activities for managing COA licensing, key considerations during study startup and common challenges.


Janick Michel, Mapi Research Trust

Janick Michel, Director, Client Services, Mapi Research Trust

Janick Michel has broad experience in clinical and post-marketing studies spanning over 20 years. She has dedicated the past 15 years to patient-centered services and direct-to-patient contact aiming to facilitate patients’ journey and experience in clinical research. In her current role within Mapi Research Trust, she is responsible for the global client services team including successful delivery to clients for clinical outcome assessment (COA) distribution and licenses, business development and strategic initiatives in collaboration with other Mapi Research Trust experts through COA developers’ collaboration, scientific support, eCOA solutions and linguistic validation.

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Julia Weissmuller, Mapi Research Trust

Julia Weißmüller, Account Manager, Client Services, Mapi Research Trust

Julia Weißmüller has been managing COA licensing projects for a variety of pharma clients since 2016. Prior to joining the Mapi Research Trust, she spent over 13 years managing translation projects in the medical and other industries. She holds a Master in Translation Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany.

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Marie-Pierre Emery, Mapi Research Trust

Marie-Pierre Emery, Account Executive, Mapi Research Trust

Marie-Pierre Emery has been working in the field of COAs within Mapi Research Trust (MRT) for 30 years. She currently uses her experience and her privileged relationship with numerous actors in the COA field to establish collaborative agreements with COA developers and copyright holders to further increase the dissemination and exponential use of COAs in clinical research and practice worldwide, for the ultimate benefit of the patients.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for participants in the healthcare and life science industries who are responsible for implementing clinical outcome assessments (COAs) in their clinical or research studies and who may not be fully familiar with the requirements, constraints and challenges around COA use:

  • Healthcare professionals, clinical researchers planning to use or using COAs in their clinical research and practice
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech companies planning to use or using COAs in their research projects and clinical studies
  • Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), eCOA vendors and IT companies managing COA licensing for their clients
  • COA developers and copyright holders seeking advice on COA licensing process

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain insights into:

  • Basics of clinical outcome assessment (COA) copyright in the life sciences field
  • Pitfalls of COA licensing and mitigation plans to secure study timelines
  • Differences in licensing process for paper and electronic COA (eCOA)
  • Importance of interactions with COA developers
  • How to ensure the use of protocol-compliant COA versions

Xtalks Partner

Mapi Research Trust

Mapi Research Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of Clinical Outcomes Assessments (COAs) in health research and practice and encourages exchanges of Patient-Centered Outcomes and COA information among academics, pharmaceutical companies, health care organizations and health authorities. With the web-based platform ePROVIDE™ that includes the databases PROQOLID™, PROLABELS™, and PROINSIGHT™, Mapi Research Trust has become the preeminent source of reliable, up-to-date and comprehensive information about COAs.

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