RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – October 12, 2010 – Quintiles, the world’s leading biopharmaceutical services company, will be a key participant at the Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) Annual Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minn. Oct. 17-20. Quintiles’ Paula Brown Stafford, President, Clinical Development will open the conference with a keynote speech on the evolution from data management to information management. Following Stafford’s keynote will be four sessions presented by Quintiles experts.

“As the industry becomes more reliant on data, it’s the people who understand data and can turn it into meaningful information that will shape the future of drug development,” Stafford said. “It’s an exciting time to be a data management professional as the role evolves from data management to information management, which is at the core of clinical research in the New Health landscape. Biopharma companies need better data, sooner to inform decision-making and conduct smarter, higher quality clinical trials.”

Other Quintiles speakers and the topics they will address include:

  • Thomas Grundstrom, The Impact of Globalization on CDM Synergies. This leadership seminar will explore globalization concepts, strategies and best practices in data management. Grundstrom, Vice President, Global Data Solutions and member of the SCDM annual conference planning committee, will discuss topics shaping the future of data management, including: geographical resourcing, cultural diversity, new systems and technologies, standardization, quality indicators and signal detection. 
  • Tim Strauss and Rajneesh Patil, CDM at CROs: Balancing Productivity against Quality. The relationship between data quality and speed of delivery is undergoing a transformation. Strauss, Vice President, Continuous Process Improvement, and Patil, Senior Manager, Data Management, will discuss a process improvement strategy leveraging Lean and Six Sigma methodology to help companies achieve advancements in productivity and quality.
  • Joyce Stevens, Unique Challenges for CDM in Oncology Studies. The increase in oncology clinical trials brings unique challenges for data managers. Stevens, Data Manager, will provide insight into the challenges of local lab data, and tips and tricks to help clinical data managers manage oncology studies for success.
  • Martin Giblin and Mark Gorton, Management and Integration of Laboratory Data. A key challenge facing clinical data managers is turning fragmented subject data into actionable insights. Giblin, Senior Director, Data Management, and Gorton, Senior Director, Information Technology, will discuss strategies for integrating subject data, the challenges and the benefits, which include greater transparency into the status of a clinical trial subject; enhanced safety and efficacy monitoring; and increased operational efficiency and quality.

In addition, Quintiles has been selected as a 2010 SCDM Data Driven Innovation Award finalist for its Data Transfer Express (DT-Express) project. The DT-Express project streamlined and improved the transmission of central lab data from Quintiles to a leading pharmaceutical company, resulting in data quality enhancements and increased efficiencies. The award program honors the year’s best advancement in clinical data management, and recognizes innovation that improves technology or processes within clinical research studies.

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