Whether it’s meeting the next big client, forming your next business partnership, learning new skills, getting advice from peers, or keeping up with industry information, the return on investment of attending the right events can be substantial.
As a technology vendor that regularly exhibits, speaks and advises clinical conferences all over the world, we’ve seen and attended our fair share of fantastic, and not so fantastic industry conferences. Let’s be honest, there are hundreds of conferences scattered on every content, but which one is going to give you the best return for your time and money. We’ve laid out our list of top conferences to attend in 2019 that will make you want to start packing today.
Be warned, some of these events are being held in cities with fantastic weather, and some within walking distance of a beach. As hard as it may be, evaluate these events objectively – as tempting as golden sunshine may be.
UPDATE: We've updated our original list to include all of the conferences in 2019
This has been one of the most viewed articles on our blog in the last year. Due to the popularity of this article, we wanted to ensure the information we had written was still relevant. We've gone through our list and removed some events that won't be running in 2019, and added new events that you just have to attend this year!
In chronological order, here’s our list:
January 22-24th, 2019 | Orlando, FL
The 8th Annual Trial Master File Summit is taking place on January 22-24 at the Hilton Orlando Lake in Buena Vista, Orlando Florida. The conferences cover a range of topics related to TMFs, eClinical Systems and Trial Master File Processes with presentations from some of the industry’s most notable specialists and experts. If you are involved in clinical documentation management or Trial Master Files, this is an essential North American conference to attend.
Learn more here - http://www.tmfsummit.com/us
February 5-7th, 2019 | Vienna, Austria
The DIA Europe event is a great platform to exchange ideas with thought leaders and to build your professional network. From topics presenting on the entire healthcare value chain, to policy and regulations, R&D, marketing and access, the 2019 themes have been designed to inspire breakthroughs in uncovering innovative solutions for patients.
Learn more here -https://www.diaglobal.org/en/flagship/dia-europe-2019
February 6-7th, 2019 | Boston, MA
The IISR Summit by CBI will help you and your organization improve your understanding of principle investigator needs and timelines to establish longitudinal roadmaps for clinical trials and integrate best practices in clinical operations and inter-organization partnerships. Sites, CROs, consultants, and technology vendors and companies, as well as and clinical trial sponsors will walk away with a better comprehension of how proper data management and quality assurance of the ISF can increase a clinical trial’s quality while monitoring the progress of a trial.
Learn more here - http://www.cbinet.com/conference/who-should-attend/pc19147
February 11-13th, 2019 | North Bethesda, MD
DIA’s Forum provides the elements needed to meet the challenges of optimizing the efficient use of regulatory information with four tracks: the RIM principles, effective processes and tools, benefits to data applications across the product lifecycle, and examination of real-life results. The event will provide a comprehensive view of content and regulatory information management and submissions. All tracks are supported with daily plenary sessions providing regulatory intelligence updates by health authority representatives from FDA, Health Canada, and other regions of interest.
February 18-21st, 2019 | Miami, FL
The 10th Annual SCOPE Summit, taking place February 18-21, 2019 in Orlando, FL, will offer three stimulating days of in-depth discussions in 19 different conferences, 3 keynote sessions, and interactive breakout discussions focused on issues related to each aspect of clinical trial planning and management: Site Selection and Management, Patient Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Protocol Optimization, Feasibility, Data Strategy & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sensors and Wearables, Project Management, Outsourcing, Forecasting, Budgeting and Contracting, Quality (QbD) in Trial Conduct, Risk-Based Monitoring, Post-Marketing Studies, Observational Research, Clinical Biomarker Strategy, Clinical Supply Chain, Precision Medicine, and Biospecimens and Central Lab Solutions.
Learn more here - http://www.scopesummit.com/
Feb 21-22nd, 2019 | Miami, FL
The DIA Latin America Regulatory Conference as the largest interdisciplinary event in Asia that brings together a global network of life sciences professionals to foster innovation that leads to the development of safe and effective products and therapies to patients. Discussion topics include various initiatives related to global regulatory convergence and harmonization and their impact on access to medicine, regulatory reliance, and future R&D in Latin America.
March 11-12th, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA
The 6th annual Patients as Partners program is the only conference in the US that demonstrates how to involve patients throughout the entire medicines development life cycle to drive greater efficiencies in clinical research. The mission of the program is turning patient engagement discussion into action. Each session of the conference will share the process behind the initiatives and include actionable items to ensure the impact of patient involvement is demonstrated.
Learn more here - http://theconferenceforum.org/conferences/patients-as-partners/overview/
March 18-20th, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA
Now in its tenth year, ExL’s Proactive GCP Compliance conference continues to act as the annual forum for senior-level clinical quality and clinical operations executives to gather, learn and discuss strategies to achieve and maintain global GCP compliance. Join ExL to learn how to effectively build quality risk management approaches into your clinical operations to optimize research, maintain GCP compliance, contain costs and ensure patient safety.
Learn more here - http://exlevents.com/proactive-gcp-compliance/
March 20-21st, 2019 | Newport Beach, CA
also May 14-15th, 2019 | Chicago, IL & November 13-14th, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA
This two-day conference is intended to share information among FDA representatives and the regulated community, to facilitate the understanding of regulations, guidelines and practices, and to suggest methods and opportunities to enhance the research professional’s product development experience. The program will focus on the relationships among the FDA and clinical trial staff, investigators and IRBs. The workshop will highlight three areas that present challenges to sponsors and investigational sites: FDA Clinical Research Requirements, Enhancing Success through Communication and Financial Incentives, and Assuring Confidence in Clinical Research.
March 21-22nd, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
The 11th edition of the EU Medical Device Clinical Research Conference will explore pressing challenges for clinical teams, both from the regulatory and operational stand-points, delivering unparalleled insight into practical industry case studies alongside authority and notified body clarification of expectations. Participants can gain knowledge through a diversified approach to formats, with presentations, networking, and practical workshops. Timely topics of importance include strategizing for GDPR compliance, budgeting studies under the MDR, and maximizing the use of registries.
Learn more here - https://www.q1productions.com/2511da/
April 12–April 15th, 2019 | Nashville, TN
The ACRP Meeting & Expo is uniquely focused on supporting the professional growth and development of individuals conducting clinical trials through education, exchange, and peer-to-peer engagement.
- 6 Unique Educational Sessions Tailored to Professionals Conducting Clinical Trials
- Networking Opportunities for Peer-to-Peer Exchange and Engagement
- Ability to Earn 24 Contact Hours
- 60+ Sessions and Workshops Designed to Improve Clinical Trial Quality
- One year of online access to all recorded continuing education sessions, slides, and handouts
Learn more here - https://2019.acrpnet.org/about
April 16-17th, 2019 | London, England
New clinical trial regulations are requiring sponsors to keep tighter oversight than ever before – from audit trails to tracking system changes – resulting in high costs and trial delays. IRT Europe explores implementation best practices and how interactive response technologies can be utilised to improve supply chain planning and optimise clinical trials. Take this opportunity to share and discuss current industry needs, the latest tools and solutions for forecasting and the various regulatory requirements for IRT, among many other critical topics.
Learn more here - http://www.cbinet.com/conference/pc19318
April 16-18th, 2019 | Boston, MA
Since its debut in 2002, the Annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo has established itself as a premier event showcasing the myriad of IT and informatics applications and enabling technologies that drive biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and clinical and healthcare initiatives. The Bio-IT World Conference & Expo continues to be a vibrant event that unites 3,000+ life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, and IT professionals from more than 30 countries.
Learn more here - http://www.bio-itworldexpo.com/
May 5-8th, 2019 | Boston, MA
Obtain practical tips and professional contacts that will pay for the conference in a matter of days. At the last MAGI conference, participants gathered an average of 10 practical tips to implement in their own organizations. Over 700 people (including representatives from over 100 sponsors and CROs) will attend. With over 100 sessions and workshops in six tracks: clinical operations & project management, site management, contracts, budgets & billing, regulatory compliance, and special topics.
Learn more here - https://www.magiworld.org/forms/FutureConferences.aspx
May 8-9th, 2019 | London, UK
This conference will bring together industry experts and leaders across pharmaceutical, biotechnological and CRO’s for brainstorming on case studies on innovation, collaboration and existing clinical data to headway the Clinical Trials process. Ethical considerations are given in this context and for this RBM are beginning to extend its concepts in Quality Risk Management; clinical trial predictive models are accumulated by enterprises, methodologies in trial design and many more. The event is designed for senior level attendees from various companies including pharmaceutical, biotechnological, biopharmaceutical, CRO’s, Investigative Sites, Diagnostics, solution provider and government institutions.
May 13-15th, 2019 | Boston, MA
Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Clinical Trial Innovation Summit brings together leaders from across pharma, biotech and academia to share case studies and best practices on effective clinical trial management and vendor oversight. The program focuses on key issues and opportunities in the clinical trial industry, including Patient Recruitment, Site Selection, Data Integration, Existing Data Sources, Mobile Tech, Project Management, Outsourcing, Vendor Management, Budgeting and Contracting, Quality (QbD) in Trial Conduct, Risk-Based Monitoring and Clinical Auditing.
Learn more here - http://www.clinicaltrialsummit.com/
May 19-22nd, 2019 | New Orleans, LA
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials is a multidisciplinary program with broad participation. The Meeting brings together the clinical trials community from academia, the pharmaceutical and device industries, government agencies, medical groups, centers and clinical research entities.
Learn more here - http://www.sctweb.org/meeting/
May 20-21st | London, UK
From clinical development to product launch, TMF quality and management plays an important role in all clinical trials for maintaining inspection-readiness. Now in its fifth year, ExL’s Clinical Trials Inspection Readiness Summit will continue to provide an educational platform for professionals to explore how to ensure quality assurance and inspection readiness through good clinical practices and strategic partnerships.
June 11-13th, 2019 | Toronto, ON
CBI’s 3rd Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress Canada convenes top Canadian compliance practitioners and leading experts to discuss effective strategies to achieve organization-wide compliance, from the compliance and legal teams to the oversight of the promotional marketing and sales teams. Join your Canadian colleagues for robust conversations on the top issues facing industry today.
Learn more here - http://www.cbinet.com/conference/pc19068
July 19-20th, 2019 | Atlanta, USA
The 6th International Conference on Clinical Trials targets an audience of Leading Principle Investigators, Methodologists, Clinicians, Scientists, CRO’s, Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry professionals, Researchers and Academicians to discuss the advancements in preclinical research, clinical study designs, and conducts of clinical trials, future of clinical trials along with advancements in clinical trials of different diseases and disorders. This year’s theme is “Advancing Innovative Approaches in Global Clinical Research and Clinical Trials”.
Learn more here - http://clinicaltrials.conferenceseries.com/
June 23-27th, 2019 | San Diego, CA
Now in its 13th year, the DIA Statistics 2019 Forum fosters open discussion of timely topics of mutual theoretical and practical interest to statisticians and clinical trial scientists who develop new drugs and biologics. This unique forum continues the dialogue between industry, academia, patient advocacy, and regulatory agencies to collaboratively explore real world application of innovative approaches and solutions for statistical challenges surrounding the design and analysis of clinical trials.
Learn more here - https://www.diaglobal.org/en/flagship/dia-2019
September 17-18th, 2019 | Boston, MA
DPharm is a TED-style annual event to get the best access to innovative and disruptive ideas to advance drug development operations from pharma and outside industry leaders with a view to reducing the burden to patients and investigators. Now in its 8th year, DPharm is dedicated to all things digital, data science, patient data ownership and new approaches to optimize clinical operation systems. The 2018 event saw over 400+ participants from mid to large pharma, biotech companies, patient groups, investors, as well as CROs and Sites.
September 27-29th, 2019 | San Antonio, TX
For the 28th year, SOCRA will welcome clinical research professionals from across the world. Located in San Antonio, TX at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, this three-day conference will offer current information and tools, best practices, and training to assure that you're up-to-date and compliant in your clinical research practice. The program will feature over 100 academic sessions, a peer-driven poster session, and an exhibit program.
September 29-October 2nd, 2019 | Baltimore, MD
The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) international organization of 2,400+ members worldwide was founded to advance the discipline of clinical data management on multiple fronts: technological, regulatory, procedural and personnel. The upcoming event is one of the largest educational events for clinical data managers and related professionals coming from more than 27 different countries including CDM leadership, pharma and biotech companies, CROs, and vendors.
Learn more here - https://www.scdm.org/sponsorship/events/scdm-2019-annual-conference/
Date & Location TBC
ExL’s Clinical Quality Oversight Forum (yet to release its 2019 schedule) focuses on ensuring trial integrity by effectively assessing, optimizing and managing the quality of clinical vendors and sites. This forum acts as the annual gathering for clinical quality, operations, management and audit professionals to engage and candidly share their experiences, struggles, obstacles and achievements when working with varying clinical partners, including CROs and investigator sites. Learn from this experienced group and take away proven results-driven, risk-based strategies for optimizing your company’s clinical vendor and site oversight approach.
Learn more here (2019 site TBC) - https://exlevents.com/clinical-quality-oversight-forum/
Date & Location TBC
The 6th Annual Clinical Trials Phase I and Phase IIA Summit will explore paramount strategies behind increasing efficiency in early phase clinical trials. Join organizers to hear from top industry thought leaders and have the chance learn from the best. As the early clinical development space is continuously evolving, this must-attend event will feature countless case studies and networking opportunities to address current challenges.
Learn more here (2019 site TBC) - https://exlevents.com/clinical-trials-phase-i-phase-iia-summit/
Date & Location TBC
With 300+ attendees, this conference provides an intimate setting for meaningful conversations and learning opportunities. Last year's event hosted 25+ speakers presenting on clinical solutions you can implement for your clinical studies - with thoughtful discussions in research, policies, guidelines and regulations. There are numerous opportunities to meet, connect and engage with various decision-makers and stakeholders.
Learn more here (2019 site TBC): https://canadatalkspharma.com/
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