Thank You to our 2016 Industry Leaders Think Tank Participants
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank – especially those of you that flew in from overseas. Since launching IAOCR in 2011 our focus has been on improving standards globally and we were delighted to be able to bring together so people from a wide range of locations and clinical research organizations to have high level discussions and debate. According to feedback this year’s meeting was “the best yet!” and this is largely due to the people that gave their time to share their views and expertise.
“We loved the opportunity to speak openly in a climate of trust and collaboration. It was great to share ideas and help to resolve the industry’s issues.”
“The right level of individuals were invited, everyone was on the same wave length to help make the discussion and debate productive.”
Following the meeting we have been met with several requests to run a similar meeting in the USA. This is currently being planned and details will be announced in early 2017.
About the Industry Leaders Think Tank
Since 2011 the IAOCR Industry Leaders Think Tank event has attracted senior clinical research industry leaders, regulators, parliamentarians and experts. Speakers at previous meetings have included the UK Shadow Health Minister and senior executives from commercial and non-commercial organizations from around the world.
About the Day
This year we were delighted to welcome over 40 senior leaders from the following organizations ACRO, Astellas, Bayer, Chiltern, ClinTec, Cmed, Covance, Eli-Lilly, INC Research, Intercept, Kellogg School of Management, NHS, Pharm-Olam, PRA, Premier Research, SEC Recruitment, Quintiles, University of Kent, and Worldwide Clinical Trials.
As with previous meetings, discussions were focused on the essential human factors that need to work effectively and efficiently with technology and processes to bring treatments to market quickly.
In the morning the following presentations sparked many interesting conversations around how to build on current best practice:
- Developing the Next Generation of Executives for the Clinical Research Industry – SPEAKER: David Friedman, Program Academic Director & Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management
- Developing Core Competencies for the Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) – SPEAKER: Martin Robinson, Co-Founder, EVP & Head of Global Regulatory and Industry Partnerships, IAOCR
- Strategies for Addressing the Talent Crisis – FACILITATOR: Carly Brunsden, Associate Director Talent, SEC
- Workforce Quality: Organizational Standards for Competence & Engagement – SPEAKER: Richard Wood, Director of Global Operations, INC Research
In the afternoon operational experts were invited to join industry leaders to work in task force groups focused on addressing some of the challenges raised in the morning’s session. There were some fantastic outputs which we will be following up on in 2017 as we build further collaborations and continue our lobbying activities.
We were also delighted to present Alistair Macdonald and Richard Wood of INC Research with the Bronze Level Clinical Operations Workforce Quality Accreditation plaque. In June 2016 this year INC Research became the first organization in the world to meet the standards required to achieve the accreditation, which is awarded at an organizational level.
What Industry Leaders Say About IAOCR
“I think they’re really shaping the industry, they were the primary and first people speaking about competency. . . . IAOCR are the frontier of how we should be evaluating clinical research professionals. It’s the wave of the future and I’d like to see the industry embrace it as a whole.” Elizabeth Edwards – SVP Oncology Development, Chiltern
“I would absolutely recommend the organization. In all my dealings with them I’ve found them to be highly professional, extremely focused, and I’ve been delighted to be a member of the committee and part of the Workforce Quality Accreditation program. I think it has the real potential to be adopted across the industry. The fact that there is an accreditation process where none existed before, we are looking at common competencies that work across academia, across CRO and pharma. This is something to be absolutely celebrated.” Graham Belgrave – Chief Operating Officer, Cmed Clinical Services
“I would absolutely recommend IAOCR. They’ve really helped us over the last couple of years, re-organize the way we deliver training. I think the way they go about their business is very diligent, it’s quite strict, which I think you need when you’re setting up levels of competence for the industry. IAOCR have really helped us shape out thoughts around competence over the last four or five years.” Alistair Macdonald – CEO, INC Research
Save the Date – Industry Leaders Think Tanks 2017 – USA & Europe
To ensure a good range of representation and high level discussions, attendance at the Industry Leaders Think Tanks is by invitation-only. To register your interest in receiving an invitation to a 2017 meetings (in the USA or UK) CLICK HERE.
Locations and dates for the 2017 meetings will be announced shortly.