OC13 – OpenClinica 2013 Global Conference draws clinical research community to Boston

OC13 is an educational event open to anyone looking to obtain insight into the OpenClinica clinical trial software platform, learn useful new skills, and build relationships within the vibrant OpenClinica community. This year’s event features best practices, case studies, demos, and hands-on activities. View the conference program to choose from a list of valuable sessions such as: “Utilizing CDISC Standards to Drive Efficiencies in Study Set-up and Build,” and “The Changing Face of Clinical Trials – Patient-Centered Research,” to a sneak peak at exciting future developments for OpenClinica.

Attendees can also choose to participate in a set of hands-on workshops and training classes. These workshops deliver highly-relevant information on key subjects such as regulatory compliance and validation, web services and integration, edit checks and rules, and moving from paper to electronic data capture (EDC). For a more thorough understanding of OpenClinica, you can take full “Central User” or “Developer” training on this robust platform.

Early bird registration is available until March 22.

Kicking-off the conference as keynote speaker is Douglas Bain, a recognized veteran in the eclinical industry who has worked in a leadership role with many prominent clinical research technology leaders. In his address, Mr. Bain will focus on the emerging dynamics of patient-centered clinical trials.

“I am thrilled to deliver the keynote at this year’s OpenClinica conference,” said Mr. Bain. “Clinical research modalities are changing, and I look forward to sharing my insights into where things are headed with such an innovative community.”

Conference attendees are invited aboard the Odyssey for a dinner cruise and unique views of the city from Boston Harbor.

Also in Boston, immediately following OC13, is the 49th DIA Annual Meeting, June 23-27 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

About OpenClinica

OpenClinica is the leading open source clinical trials software platform, and increases the quality and pace of clinical research worldwide. With a global community of users and thousands of implementations, OpenClinica presents a compelling way to obtain greater value in clinical trials. The OpenClinica software is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based OpenClinica, LLC, who provides commercial grade support for the open source platform. For more information – including product downloads – visit http://www.openclinica.com or follow @OpenClinica on Twitter.

OC13: OpenClinica 2013 Global Conference

We’re gearing up for a fantastic conference, June 21 in Boston. You don’t want to miss the informative workshops, sessions, and demos that will help you optimize your research based on the cutting-edge OpenClinica open source platform. And, Doug Bain from eClinicalHealth is planning an engaging keynote presentation that covers the critical movement toward patient-centric trials. Oh, and I should mention the amazing dinner cruise on Boston Harbor.

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OpenClinica Conference Showcases Innovation

Innovation in the OpenClinica community occurs on many different levels and in many places around the world. The 2012 OpenClinica Conference earlier this week brought together a diverse group of clinical and IT professionals to share first-hand a lot of the innovative, cutting-edge work being done within our community. Mobile, compliance, best practices, SAS, were all key themes at this year’s event. I was very encouraged by the growing enthusiasm for OpenClinica, and came a way more excited than ever about our collective ability to positively transform clinical research.

Here are some photos on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/2012-OpenClinica-Conference/228070113945322

Thanks to everyone for helping to make the 2012 OpenClinica Conference the best yet!

– Ben Baumann

Community OpenClinica Meetup in Vienna April 17th!

In the time leading up to the OpenClinica Global Conference, we are able to organize some small events outside of the USA.

We’d like to hold an informal meetup for all interested users of OpenClinica in Vienna Austria, April 17th 2012, 7pm-9pm, at the Starbucks Bräunerstraße. For a full address and map, please click here.

The agenda is currently open – we’d like for everyone to come with their own ideas, opinions and stories and be ready to share. From the OpenClinica LLC side, Tom Hickerson will be organizing the event, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch with him through thickerson -at- openclinica.com. You can also leave a comment below, or at our LinkedIn page!

Check Out the 2012 OpenClinica Conference Program

The program for the 2012 OpenClinica Global Conference is now available online (see it here). This year’s program features lots of useful content–key themes include:

  • Mobile (including mobile data collection, integration with mobile applications, etc.)
  • Integration/Interoperability (including web services, randomization, and more)
  • Using OpenClinica with SAS (perspectives, methods, and best practices)
  • Tutorials (including study build, installation/troubleshooting, data mining, performance management, and several other topics)
  • Case studies (including FISMA security, OpenClinica’s usage in the largest clinical research network in the world)
  • …and more!

The event also features hands-on exhibits demonstrating OpenClinica-related technologies. Finally, we are thrilled to have Dr. Tomasz Sablinksi deliver this year’s keynote address as he proposes a thought-provoking new “open source” model for clinical development.

The conference is April 22-23 in Boston. Space is limited so be sure to register today! And don’t forget to sign-up for post conference, system admin, developer, and user training!

– Ben Baumann

OpenClinica Conference: Early Bird Registration Ends Friday, February 17th

The chance to get discounted early bird rates on registration and training for the 2012 OpenClinica Global Conference ends this Friday, February 17th–so register today!

The 2012 OpenClinica Global Conference, April 22-23 in Boston, is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn what’s possible with open source EDC and the fastest growing clinical trials software
  • Hear case studies and best practices
  • Obtain ideas and techniques for how to better use OpenClinica
  • Acquire new skills through tutorials and training
  • Develop contacts with people who live and breathe OpenClinica

We are excited to have Dr. Tomasz Sablinski, founder and CEO of Transparency Life Sciences deliver this year’s keynote. His presentation titled “Breaking Barriers: Forging a New Model for Clinical Development” describes an innovative new “open source” model for clinical development. Truly innovative stuff!

The deadline for submitting session proposals, posters, and exhibits/demonstrations is also Feb. 17th.

Be sure to visit the OpenClinica Conference website, where you can register, view more information about the event program, and see pictures and videos from last year’s conference.

Breaking Barriers: Forging a New Model for Clinical Development

Could the principles of open source and open innovation transform the future of clinical research? Come hear thought leader and innovator Dr. Tomasz Sablinski deliver the keynote presentation titled “Breaking Barriers: Forging a New Model for Clinical Development” at the 2012 OpenClinica Conference on April 23rd in Boston.

The world has shown that it is possible to harness the power of crowds to deliver incredibly successful innovation and services (think Facebook, Wikipedia, Linux). However, this style of innovation is relatively absent within the domain of clinical research. Sablinski believes the time may be ripe to borrow from the principles of open source and telemedicine in order to create a new, more effective model for clinical development.

Dr. Sablinski’s ideas have profound implications. However, while bold and thought provoking, they are more than academic. He puts his money where his mouth is–Sablinski’s start-up company, Transparency Life Sciences, has set out  to increase the efficiency of clinical development leveraging open principles that turn much of the current way of thinking on its head.

Dr. Sablisnki’s assessments of the current state of clinical development are based on over 30 years in the field, as a practicing physician, basic researcher, drug developer, investor,  and now, entrepreneur. He has served as a researcher at Harvard Medical School, a Medical Director at Parexel, VP of Clinical Development at Novartis, and Head of Development and Managing Director at private equity firm Celtic Therapeutics.

We look forward to hosting Dr. Sablinski at this year’s OpenClinica Global Conference!

– Ben Baumann
Chair, OpenClinica Conference Committee

Sign-up for the OpenClinica 3.1 Webinar

Join us for a free webinar presentation and demonstration of the newly released OpenClinica 3.1. This is a great opportunity to see the technology firsthand and ask questions.

To accomodate different time zones, the same webinar will be run at two different times and dates. You may use the links below to sign-up:

  • Thu, Aug 11, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT (GMT -5:00)  – Register
  • Wed, Sep 14, 2011 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT (GMT -5:00) – Register

Space is limited, so sign-up today!

OpenClinica Global Conference Features Industry Thought Leaders, New Release

The second annual OpenClinica Global Conference took place last week in Boston. The venue at the Metro Meeting Center in Boston’s financial district attracted members of the OpenClinica community, many of whom traveled overseas to experience firsthand the collective effort that is reshaping clinical research.

The objective of OpenClinica is to harness the power of community thinking to help define a common technology that can work effectively in diverse research settings. Headlining the event was clinical R&D thought leader, Ken Getz.

“As a developer of OpenClinica for a number of years, I continue to be impressed by the growth of our community and quality of its activities,” said Tom Hickerson, an OpenClinica Developer. “It’s no surprise that Ken Getz talked about a community of innovators, because that’s really what the OpenClinica brand epitomizes for me.”

Mr. Getz kicked off the Conference by illustrating the increasing role communities are playing in helping to modernize the clinical research enterprise. As Chairman of the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation CISCRP and a Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Research Professor at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Getz was able to offer a broad perspective on the way open communities can drive innovation in biopharmaceuticals. It was eye-opening to see how open collaboration is happening at all levels of biopharmaceutical development.

Subsequent breakout sessions showcased the myriad ways in which OpenClinica has been adopted and extended to support both industry sponsored and academic clinical research. A number of these sessions also focused on the functionality of OpenClinica version 3.1. While earlier beta versions of 3.1 have been demonstrated at other recent industry events, its formal unveiling at the OpenClinica Conference was before a group of people who immediately recognized how it will increase flexibility and productivity of clinical trials. Many groups chose OpenClinica because they need a flexible, standards based clinical trial software that can be customized to meet their specific needs. 3.1 makes this easier and helps to further facilitate the development of improvements in medicine.

The OpenClinica Community is the driving force behind the innovation that OpenClinica brings to clinical trials. While the OpenClinica Global Conference, is just one way the community interacts, it was a valuable learning experience for all. Bernd Tschapeller, a Developer at Austrian CRO Joanneum Research, Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences, perhaps put it best:  “I really enjoyed the OpenClinica Global Conference 2011. For me it was a great opportunity to get in contact with other users for sharing experiences.”

We look forward to making the 2012 Global Conference even better!

– Ben Baumann