Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 3rd Annual

Sensors, Wearables and Digital Biomarkers in Clinical Trials

Technology, Infrastructure and Analytics for Digital Data Sources & Endpoints

February 19-20, 2020

Clinical research industry is moving toward end-to-end digital clinical trials. The data collection should stay in line with this inevitable change and wearables and point-of-care sensors address this need. Furthermore, digital biomarkers translate new data sources into clinically actionable insights. CHI’s 3rd Annual Sensors, Wearables and Digital Biomarkers in Clinical Trials conference is designed to feature case studies of clinical trials that already employ sensors and wearables, as well as to discuss the future steps needed for implementation of digital biomarkers and endpoints in clinical trials.

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Final Agenda

Tuesday, February 18

9:00 am - 7:15 Registration Open (Regency Rotunda)

2:00 - 5:00 pm User Group Meetings

2:00 - 5:00 pm The NEW SCOPE China Clinical Development Partnering Forum and The NEW SCOPE Scientific Symposium*

*Separate registration required. Must be a Best Value registered attendee.

5:00 - 6:20 pm Evening Kick-Off Plenary Keynote and Participant Engagement Awards (Regency Ballroom S)

6:20 - 7:30 pm SCOPE’s Kick-Off Networking Happy Hour (Upper Pool Deck, 4th Floor)

(Co-Sponsorship Opportunities Available)

7:30 pm Close of Day

Wednesday, February 19

7:15 am Registration Open (Regency Rotunda) and Morning Coffee (Regency Ballroom S Foyer)

8:15 Morning Opening Plenary Keynotes with Light Refreshments (Regency Ballroom S Foyerprovided by Clinical_Ink_NoTagline

9:40 Grand Opening Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall (Windermere Ballroom)


Barrel Spring

10:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Michelle Crouthamel, DBA, Director, Digital Health & Innovation, AbbVie

10:55 Mobile Sensors in Clinical Trials and Evidentiary Considerations for Electronic Submissions

Bill Byrom, Vice President, Product Strategy and Innovation, Signant Health

11:20 Regulatory Considerations during Mobile Medical App Development

Benecky_MichaelMichael Benecky, PhD, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Precision and Digital Medicine, R&D Chief Regulatory Office, GlaxoSmithKline

This presentation will cover the following topics: 1) Mobile Medical Apps (MMAs) are defined as medical devices from their intended use shown through labeling claims, advertising, or oral or written statements; 2) MMA regulation is health risk-based to balance patient safety and barriers to technological innovation; 3) patient risk analysis is a critical activity prior to sensor/app inclusion within a clinical trial; 4) digital safety risks include data privacy, data cybersecurity, software malfunction and clinical risk from app/sensor use.

11:45 Role of Connected Drug Delivery Devices in Clinical Trials

Song_MichaelMichael Song, PhD, Senior Manager, Device Functionality Safety and Digital Connectivity, AstraZeneca

Explore connected drug delivery devices for clinical trials, as well as pitfalls and approaches in selecting and developing connected devices. With connected devices come additional considerations and regulations. We will discuss approaches to minimize organizational burden and expedite development/implementation. Not all connected devices are the same; we will explore what to consider when choosing the technology platform for your therapeutic area.

12:15 pm Enabling Seamless Recruitment, Increasing Patient Engagement, and Improving Outcomes Through Digital Transformation


Anderson DawnDawn Anderson, Managing Director, R&D Life Sciences Consulting, Life Sciences, Deloitte

There is a growing body of evidence showing the value of digital trials that share real time data between patients and investigators. Digital trials which utilize mobile apps and the use of connected medical devices can positively transform the patient experience leading to better recruitment and improved study retention. The use of behavioral insights, by means of nudges and reminders, can improve protocol adherence while real time data sharing can better inform decision making.


12:45 Transition to Lunch

Medable 12:50 Luncheon Presentation: Digital Trials Radically Accelerate and Power New Era Medicines and Therapies

Alison Holland, MS, Head, Virtual Clinical Trials, Medable


1:20 Coffee and Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall (Windermere Ballroom)Abond


2:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Philippe Verplancke, PhD, Global Head of Business Development, XClinical GmbH

2:20 Challenges and Opportunities in Deriving Context-Aware Insight

Glynn DennisGlynn Dennis Jr., PhD, Senior Director, Digital Health R&D & BioPharma AI, AstraZeneca

Wearable device enabled trials are proliferating in number and complexity. Blending traditional data with data from multiple sensors in real-time holds enormous promise for improving patient experience and safety. This presentation will touch upon multi-sensor opportunities and highlight challenges in building context aware applications.

2:45 iPREDICT: A Case Study in Applying Digital Sensors Technology and Machine Learning to Predict Asthma Control

R. Alex BarbieriR. Alex Barbieri, PhD, Senior Analytics Consultant, Tessella

Use of wearable sensors, home monitoring and smartphone apps have the potential to generate data that can revolutionize clinical trial and disease monitoring. Analysis and interpretation of the large volume of streaming data generated from these novel sources bring a new set of challenges. In a case study applied to severe uncontrolled asthma, we developed a machine learning framework to predict asthma events from the sensor data at population, sub-population and individual levels.

3:00 Converging Patient-Facing Technology Capabilities: The Pinnacle of Patient-Centricity

Thukral_AmanAman Thukral, Assistant Director, Data and Statistical Sciences, AbbVie

Biopharmaceutical sponsors are experimenting with multifold technologies to achieve patient-centricity. This is increasing pressure on patients to use multiple sensors, apps and devices during clinical trials. The goal of this presentation is to provide the framework for converging patient-facing technologies.

3:25 Wearable Devices in Clinical Trials: AI Methodologies Making an Impact in the Cardiovascular Space

Vlajnic_VanjaVanja Vlajnic, Statistician, Clinical Statistics, Bayer

The implementation of wearable devices in clinical trials are of interest due to their ability to continuously capture data, as opposed to traditional data collection methods which only occur at scheduled visits throughout the course of the trial. A case study examining the utilization of such devices in the cardiovascular space is presented, along with the AI/ML methodologies used to analyze the data.

OracleHealthsciences_new 3:50 Faster Recruitment, Lower Attrition, and Better Insight – Are you ready for Decentralized Trials?

Vandebelt KathleenKatherine Vandebelt, Global Head, Clinical Innovation,  Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit, Oracle, Inc

Decentralized trials reduce patient burden through remote monitoring, minimizing site visits, and in turn reducing attrition. Further, the acquisition of richer datasets in the real world provides greater insight into true outcomes. Learn about the hurdles of this new approach which we as an industry must jump over, and hear how Oracle are supporting global sponsors to rapidly embed the expanding ecosystem of innovative digital sources and advanced analytics techniques to fundamentally change clinical research.


4:20 Find Your Table and Meet Your Moderator

For more details on the Breakout Discussions:

4:25 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

Concurrent breakout discussion groups are interactive, guided discussions hosted by a facilitator or set of co-facilitators to discuss key issues presented earlier in the day’s sessions. Delegates will join a table of interest and become an active part of the discussion. Bring your pharma, biotech, CRO, site, hospital or patient perspective to each of the discussions. To get the most out of this interactive session and 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.

5:10 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall (Windermere Ballroom)d_wise_NEW

(Co-Sponsorship Opportunities Available)

Thursday, February 20

7:15 am Registration Open (Regency Rotunda)

7:45 BREAKFAST PRESENTATION: Navigating the Patient Journey: A Responsibility all Technology Providers Share (Regency Ballroom T)

Nolte_MikeMike Nolte, Chief Executive Officer, Signant Health

8:15 Session Break


8:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Matt Noble, Vice President, Product Management, Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company

8:25 Digital Medicine 101

Goldsack_Jennifer Jennifer Goldsack, Executive Director, Digital Medicine Society (DiMe)

From smart pacemakers to diagnostic algorithms and digital therapeutics, medicine is becoming more digitized every year. Digital medicine tools offer the possibility of improved health outcomes, lower costs, and better access to care. But the evidence base for the safety and effectiveness of these new products has not kept pace with their development. Given the great divide between the promised benefits of digital medicine and its potential risks, we need to know — not just believe — that the tools we use are trustworthy. This presentation will provide an introduction to key terms and concepts in digital medicine and reflect on how digital medicine products can advance the quality and efficiency of clinical trials for all medical products.

8:55 The Development of MVPA as a Clinical Endpoint

Jeremy Wyatt, President & COO, ActiGraph

9:15 Utilizing Digital Tools in Clinical Research for Movement Disorders: Challenges, Successes and the Future

Casaceli_Cindy Cindy Casaceli, Director, Clinical Trials Coordination Center, University of Rochester Medical Center

Research has traditionally involved in-person visits at a limited number of research centers. As approved digital tools become mainstream in clinical research, distance to a participating research site is no longer a barrier to participation. Digital tools are also creating volumes of continuous data as compared to the data collected from a traditional in-clinic, episodic research visit. This presentation will provide an overview of our experience at CHeT utilizing a wide variety of digital tools in our research, which include smartphone applications, tele-health, remote visits, watches, sensors and video.

PhysIQ 9:45 Lessons from Deployment of a Continuous Multivariate Wearable Sensor Platform for a Heart Failure Trial

Matt Pipke, Chief Technology Officer, physIQ

Continuous wearable sensor data is proving to be a rich source of real world evidence for physicality and cardiopulmonary function in clinical trials.  The capture and use of such data to provide analytics and digital biomarkers is maturing toward a streamlined and standardized approach to deploying continuous sensors in trials. This brief presentation will highlight lessons learned with a cloud platform for long-term robust multivariate sensor data capture and machine learning analysis in one ongoing interventional study in heart failure, touching on: suitability of sensors, maximizing data yield, subject compliance, machine/deep learning analytics and validation as biomarkers of outcomes.

10:05 Deploying Digital Biomarkers in Clinical Trials - Uncovering the Operational AdvantagesAiCure

Lauren Sunshine, Associate Director, AiCure

As part of your existing biomarker strategies, the deployment of digital biomarkers offers insights and advantages to the clinical operations team by integrating well-validated digital heath engagement as a seamless part of the subject’s daily life. 


10:25 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall (Windermere Ballroom)Aris_Global_New


11:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Fred Martin, Chief Product Officer, Medrio


11:25 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Digital Biomarkers: An Intersection of Clinical Research, Engineering and Data Sciences


Sina Djali, Head, Clinical and Operations Analytics, Johnson & Johnson

Clinical and outcome-based research are rapidly moving away from relying on traditional sources of data, such as Electronic Data Capture/Case Report Forms and laboratory outputs, to collecting data continuously in real time using different digital media. This is achieved through the use of wearables and invisible (e.g. Bluetooth) miniaturized devices, and a corpus of existing images that can collect, track and predict behavioral and physiological outcomes. These innovations have given rise to digital biomarkers as a new discipline in clinical research. Many companies and academic research institutions have dedicated Digital Biomarker teams and projects solely focused on defining digital genotypes and phenotypes relevant to their specific areas of research. This new discipline takes advantage of new deep learning models, such as convolutional (imaging) recurrent neural networks that can be used for both detection and prediction of a particular clinical outcome. The aim of this session is to provide an overview of some of the advances in this field.

11:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Novel Digital Endpoints in Clinical Research: Technology, Infrastructure, Relationship with Technology Providers

Crouthamel_MichelleModerator: Michelle Crouthamel, DBA, Director, Digital Health & Innovation, AbbVie

Panelists: Jeremy Wyatt, President, ActiGraph

Sina Djali, Head, Clinical and Operations Analytics, Johnson & Johnson

Jennifer Goldsack, Executive Director, Digital Medicine Society (DiMe)

Bill Byrom, Vice President, Product Strategy and Innovation, Signant Health

  • Where do you see the NDE play a role in the drug development process?
  • Where are we as an industry regarding novel digital endpoint (NDE) development after 5+ years of exploration?
  • What does the successful relationship look like between the sponsor and tech vendors today to achieve NDE development?
  • What “infrastructure” have we established and what else still need to be built?
  • Your call to action - from sponsor, consortia, vendor’s perspective

12:25 pm Transition to Lunch

PRA_New 12:30 BRIDGING LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: Navigating the Inclusion of Wearables in Clinical Trials: Considerations with Different Patient Populations

Brad Pruitt, MD, Executive Medical Director,  Clinical 6,  PRA Health Sciences

What types of studies do wearables seamlessly integrate and when do the complications outweigh the benefits? Are all types of patients ready to embrace wearables and are we ready to support the change?

1:00 Coffee and Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall (Windermere Ballroom)BioTelResearch

2:00 Close of Conference

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Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Morning and Thursday Afternoon Plenary Keynotes Featuring:

SCOPE’s 2020 Participant Engagement Award, in Memory of Jerry Matczak
Patient Perspectives as an Input to Feasibility and Clinical Trial Design
Digital Trends that Are Changing Clinical Research
Health Literacy Throughout Drug Development – Why It Matters to Pharma and to Patients
Implementing an Innovation Methodology to Accelerate Clinical Trial Innovation within Your Organization

For more details on the Plenary Keynotes:
For more details on the Participant Engagement Award:


Concurrent breakout discussion groups are interactive, guided discussions hosted by a facilitator or set of co-facilitators to discuss some of the key issues presented earlier in the day’s sessions. Delegates will join a table of interest and become an active part of the discussion at hand. Bring your pharma, biotech, CRO, site, hospital or patient perspective to each of the discussions below. To get the most out of this interactive session and 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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