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Welcome from the Clinical Forum 2015 Chair

Clinical Development riding the iWave!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 8th Annual DIA Clinical Forum, Paris, France from 13−15 April 2015.

The Clinical Forum is acknowledged as the European conference for Clinical Development. This will be an especially exciting Clinical Forum as it benefits from being run in parallel with the DIA Euro meeting, resulting in great opportunities for networking with academic and industry leaders as well as regulators across clinical development and beyond.

In 2015, although the core principles of GCP, patient safety and data integrity have not changed, how we get there is evolving at very great speeds. EDC is commonplace though getting to fully integrated technologies is still being surmounted. Risk based monitoring is an accepted expectation and real life experience should be a reality come 2015. Clinical transparency and disclosure are recognised as essential, but efficiently ensuring either is not always logistically straightforward. Technology is critical to support and alleviate all of these challenges but it is expensive as it is constantly changing and not always easy to integrate cross functionally.

Paris has a noble and long history in fostering romance and supporting science and innovation from Abelard and Heloise through Rene Descartes, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie and more recently Jules Hoffmann. Paris in spring 2015 will help us come to grips with clinical development in the maddeningly evolving iWorld.

I look forward to welcoming you to Paris in April 2015.

Julianne Hull   


Julianne Hull
Programme Chair
Senior Outsourcing Manager, Ipsen, UK


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