Clinical Trial Forecasting and Budgeting

As clinical trial costs climb ever higher and industry pressure towards greater efficiency increase, the need for accurate trial forecasting, budgeting and vendor selection is vital. Better financial planning, budgeting and communication can reduce the burden of cost and resource pressures leading to more efficient trials. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Sixth Annual “Clinical Trial Forecasting and Budgeting” conference shares best practices and case studies on building more effective budgets and contracts as well as innovative strategies in communicating and negotiating costs with vendors and CROs.

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Keynotes | Monday Short Courses | Speaker Biographies


Monday, February 22

Recommended Pre-Conference Short Course
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

SC4: Developing Your Custom Strategy for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) through to Final Contract* - Detailed Agenda

*Separate registration required

Welcome and Networking Happy Hour on the Patio hosted by CHI, DrugDev and Praxis
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tuesday, February 23 – Wednesday, February 24


Exploring the Need to Improve Clinical Trial Awareness

Kelly McKee, Recruitment, Retention and Innovation Team Lead, Global Trial Optimization, Merck & Co., Inc.

ROI Expectations and Objectives for Optimized Patient Awareness and Engagement

Kenneth Getz, MBA, Director, Sponsored Research Programs, Tufts CSDD; Chairman, CISCRP

AN INTERACTIVE MULTI-STAKEHOLDER ADVISORY PANEL: Increasing Clinical Trial Awareness: Who, What, Where, HOW?


Kelly McKee, Associate Director, Global Trial Optimization, Clinical Development Execution Organization, Merck & Co., Inc.

Kenneth Getz, MBA, Director, Sponsored Research Programs, Tufts CSDD; Chairman, CISCRP


Joe Kim, Senior Advisor, Clinical Development Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company

Mark Sloan, M.D., Hematology & Medical Oncology, Boston Medical Center

Carley Medosch, MBA, Chronic Illness Advocate

Andrew Lee, M.D., Senior Vice President & Head, Global Clinical Operations, Merck & Co., Inc.

For more details on the Tuesday Opening Plenary Keynote and Wednesday Afternoon Plenary Keynote click here

Grand Opening Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall


Clinical Planning and Budgeting: A Different Perspective

Jamie Cash, Manager, Clinical Planning & Resource Management, Clinical Development, R&D, Abbott Nutrition

Budget Negotiations among Clinical Trial Stakeholders

Fatima Kozar, MBA, Senior Manager, Clinical Contracts & Programs, Asahi Kasei Pharma America Corp.


Clinical Trial Cost Assessment – An Academic Site's Process

Serpil Tutan, Operations Manager, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

The Challenges of Budgeting for Clinical Trials at the Site

Michael Jay, Vice President of Contracts, Administration, RxTrials, Inc.

Keys for Successfully Negotiating Budgets and Contracts

JoAnn Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Associate Director, Clinical Research Management, Arizona State University


Balancing Cost Savings with Quality and Speed in the Selection of and Negotiation with CROs/Vendors

Réne Stephens, Executive Director, Global Head, Global Contracts & Outsourcing Management (GCOM), Astellas Global Development

Revisiting the Fixed Cost Contracting Model in Order to Minimize Changes in Scope

Kenneth Wilson, Director, Business Operations; Clinical Outsourcing Lead, Pfizer

Reducing Impact and Occurrence of Change Orders

Charlotte French, Senior Director, Global Head, Contracting & Outsourcing, EMD Serono

Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

Concurrent breakout discussion groups are interactive, guided discussions hosted by a facilitator or set of co-facilitators to discuss some of the more poignant questions facing the industry. Delegates will join a table of interest to them and become an active part of the discussion at hand. It is an informal, yet informative, format that allows attendees to learn from each other and make some new contacts. To get the most out of this interactive format please come prepared to: share examples from your work, vet some ideas with your peers, be a part of group interrogation and problem solving, and, most importantly, participate in active idea sharing.

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Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall


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Keynotes | Monday Short Courses | Speaker Biographies

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SCOPE 2015 Wrap-Up

Held February 24-26, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, the 6th Annual SCOPE Summit gathered more than 900 industry leaders, an attendance increase of 30% from 2014, for three stimulating days of in-depth discussions covering important issues in clinical trial planning and management. With 12 different conference tracks, a Clinical Informatics News Best Practices Awards and three plenary keynote sessions, SCOPE offered advances and innovative solutions in all aspects of clinical trial management and operations, including Data Integration, Feasibility, Site Selection and Management, Patient Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Mobile Tech, Project Management, Forecasting, Quality (QbD) in Trial Conduct, Risk-Based Monitoring, Post-Marketing Studies, and Pharmacovigilance. The impressive executive audience at SCOPE came together for invaluable networking opportunities with more than 70% of the attendees titled as Executives from leading Pharma (24%), CRO (31%), and Biotech companies (20%). Industry leaders and key decision makers representing 13 different countries and more than 360 unique organizations shared case studies, collaborated on best practices and provided unique perspectives on poignant issues that the field currently faces.

For Further Information

For questions or suggestions about the meeting, please contact:

Lee Yuan
Associate Conference Producer
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
T: (+1) 781.972.5404
E: lyuan@healthtech.com

For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:

Ilana Quigley
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
T: (+1) 781.972.5457
E: iquigley@healthtech.com

For media and association partnerships, please contact:

Rich Handy
Senior Director, Marketing
Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
T: (+1) 781.972.5456
E: rhandy@healthtech.com

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