New Tufts Research: EDC Trends, Insights, and Opportunities

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Drug Discovery & Development,
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hear new research from Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development on the eClinical landscape. Learn how seemingly minor decisions in one functional group can significantly impact overall clinical trial timelines. Specifically, those who never release the database before first patient, first visit (FPFV) take more than three weeks longer to lock the database than those who always release before FPFV. Other key findings include:

    • Types and volume of data companies manage in EDC
    • The biggest causes of database build delays
    • How sponsor and CRO cycle times compare for database build, data entry, and database lock

Speakers will also share where the industry is headed and ways to overcome key clinical data management challenges including protocol changes, source data verification, and more.


Ken Getz, MBA, Director of Sponsored Research Programs & Research Associate Professor, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development

Mr. Getz is an internationally recognized expert on R&D and clinical trial management practices and trends, the global investigative site landscape, site management and patient recruitment and retention practices, and the worldwide market for outsourcing clinical research functions.  Mr. Getz’s research studies on protocol design complexity and clinical research efficiency and effectiveness, conducted over the past two decades, are considered by many in the research-based life sciences industry to be pioneering work. His 20+ years of original research benchmarking R&D management practices, global outsourcing, and the investigative site landscape, have contributed to an industry-wide understanding of these critical markets and to improvements in management strategy and execution.

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Richard Young, Vice President, Veeva Vault EDC, Veeva Systems

As vice president for Veeva Vault EDC, Richard Young is responsible for establishing Veeva Vault EDC as the best in class solution for all data acquisition, management and reporting purposes. With almost 25 years of experience in life sciences, Richard is known for his executive vision and proven operational experience in data management, eClinical solutions, and advanced clinical strategies.

Most recently, Richard served as vice president of global consulting partners at Medidata Solutions, spending considerable time consulting on adaptive trials, risk-based monitoring, big data, mobile health, and other major data strategies with sponsors and partner organizations across the globe.

 Richard also held operational roles in both pharmaceutical and contract research organizations, such as GlaxoWellcome, Novo Nordisk, Chiltern and PAREXEL, before moving into business development with Cmed.


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Who Should Attend?

Senior professionals involved in:

  • Clinical Data Management
  • Data Science
  • Clinical Science
  • Clinical Development
  • Biometrics
  • Innovation
  • Data Standards
  • Quantitative Sciences

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 Veeva Systems Inc. is a leader in cloud based software for the global life sciences industry.  Committed to innovation, product excellence, and customer success, Veeva has more than 550 customers, ranging from the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs. Veeva is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, visit


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