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Selecting and Managing CROs

  June 22, 2009  
The Center for Professional Innovation & Education, Berlin, Germany
November 3 & 4, 2009

Who Should Attend

This two-day seminar is designed for personnel in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Biologics industries who use Contract Research Organizations (CROs) in the process of developing their products for FDA approvals.  Attendees should have a basic knowledge of drug, device or biologics development processes and a need to understand what is involved in outsourcing non-clinical and clinical research to CROs.  VPs, Directors, Managers and other pharmaceutical personnel involved in managing and selecting CROs will benefit from this course. 

CRO administration and management involved in business development and operations will gain a thorough understanding of what the pharmaceutical industry is seeking from CROs.

Learning Objectives

Ultimately, the challenge facing pharmaceutical companies today is to pursue two seemingly
incompatible goals; maintain or increase quality products while dramatically reducing costs
and development lead times.

With those overall goals in mind participants will learn all the necessary material for identifying and selecting the right CRO for each segment of the research targeted for outsourcing.  Pharmaceutical personnel will learn the techniques required for successfully managing CROs and the shared responsibilities required from the sponsor and the service provider. CRO personnel will gain the full understanding of what is expected of them in the new drug development process.

Course Description

This course will provide the attendees with all the specific methodology and management techniques to successfully outsource pharmaceutical programs that are completed on time, within budget, and most importantly completed with a high level of quality and performance.  Participants will gain an in depth perspective focused on the components of performance and quality based management of drug development. Participants will learn how the current external and internal forces are shaping the way projects will need to be delivered to be competitive and cost efficient given the state of the industry.

Specific attention will be given to defining meaningful Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), implementing those indicators into the process, and gathering/analyzing data to proactively deliver quality studies.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology research managers and their counterparts in the CRO industry will gain a thorough understanding of how to work together through implementing outsourcing scorecards to achieve successful outsourcing programs.

The following issues will be discussed:

  • Type and selection of CROs (e.g. mega CROs, niche providers, etc.)
  • How the FDA views CROs
  • Sponsor responsibilities
  • Drug development plans
  • Overall outsourcing programs
  • Study specific designs and accountabilities
  • Proposal evaluation
  • Site visits to CROs
  • Contract negotiations and partnering with CROs
  • FDA and EMA (Europe) based interactions with CROs

Participants will understand:

  • The pitfalls of the current sponsor / CRO / site relationships and what can be done to overcome them
  • The new “Pharma” and the realities of “Virtual trials”
  • Components in architecting the appropriate outsourcing model “Cost vs. Price”
  • Determining core capabilities in accordance with what works best globally rather than locally
  • Offshore outsourcing of Data Management?  What’s it all about?

The processes in managing CROs, including study plans, in-field site visits, preparation for inspections, monitoring evaluating programs, progress and conditions for terminating the services of a CRO will be analyzed along with the overall requirements of data quality assurance.  Solutions to problem assessment and correction involving all outsourcing projects along with the legal requirements of sponsors and CROs are included in the presentations.

Organized by: Center for Professional Innovation & Education
Invited Speakers: info@cfpie.com
Deadline for Abstracts: n/a
Registration: http://www.cfpie.com/showitem.aspx?productid=086&source=hummolgen
E-mail: info@cfpie.com
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