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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

Surviving the Transition to Clinical Trials

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The transition from the lab to the clinic is one of the most exciting times small biopharmaceutical companies experience in their lifecycle. It can also be one of the most stressful and perilous. While there are a variety of potential pitfalls to be navigated, there is one area which is most disruptive: On-time patient enrollment and strong patient retention. Today, this topic is often holistically described as “Patient Engagement”. 

As most small development firms are funded through milestone driven investments by private equity, managing clinical trial timelines and efficiency become paramount in achieving success. Statistically, there is no bigger challenge these firms face than on-time enrollment of studies. It is the number 1 or 2 cause of study delay in every analysis performed over the past 15 years. With daily operating costs for a pivotal trial running $60K and up for most companies, the stakes are high.

This presentation will focus on helping young drug development companies address this challenge and be better positioned for a successful early run in the clinic. Specifically, we will share proven, TA-focused approaches, which companies can take to develop enrollment plans and execute recruitment and retention initiatives to shorten timelines and achieve key investment milestones. Topics will include the following key areas of consideration:


  • High level industry facts about patient engagement today and the time and cost impact. – A serious issue that needs attention and planning.
  • Information about the enrollment success rates of the typical clinical investigator – Sobering facts about the lack of success many investigators have when it comes to enrollment.
  • The importance of proactive planning vs rescue situations and the cost impact of each scenario
  • The importance of approaching your trial with a patient engagement mindset – considering the entire patient journey: awareness building; education; consent; ease of participation; ongoing support, consideration of caregivers.
  • Differentiating your trial at busy sites - How can a little sponsor stand out and command attention?  Branding, training, a customer service approach with regular direct interaction between sponsor and site, etc.
  • What does PE look like in 2018 – examples of the hottest areas: market research/crowdsourcing; digital approaches; concierge support, study apps, data-driven approaches for precise targeting
  • Checklist for going forward – Takeaways for success.



Melynda Geurts| Vice President of Operations, Imperial Clinical Research Services read bio» 

11:00 AM | Registration Opens, Networking
11:30 AM | Presentation
12:15 PM | Q&A
12:30 PM | Networking Lunch
1:30 PM | Program Close

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Melynda Geurts | Vice President of Operations, Imperial Clinical Research Services

Melynda Geurts' career has focused on advancing education within the healthcare industry for the past 23 years. Since 1998, Melynda has shifted her focus on educating the public about participating in clinical trials through global programs. She currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Imperial’s Patient Engagement Division. Melynda is responsible for the strategic growth of the division and integral in ensuring Imperial as a leader within the patient recruitment and retention niche. 

Melynda is invited often to present and train worldwide at industry conferences and has contributed to the industry's overall body of literature through her writing contributions. Melynda holds a M.S. in Healthcare Administration and a B.B.A. in Marketing.


$15 | General Admission


John P. McGovern Campus
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021

Parking Information:
Please park in the self parking areas of the McGovern Campus. Grab a Token at the gate and bring it to the event space. We encourage carpooling and using the TMC shuttles.

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John P. McGovern Campus
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (CST)

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