I am very pleased to welcome you to EUCROF’s 5th International Conference on Clinical Research, in Amsterdam, on 10 & 11 February 2020. Since our last Conference in Vienna in 2018 much has evolved in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors as well as the regulatory environment with an ultimate aim to improve patients’ health. Hence, during our Conference we will be discussing and scrutinizing “Science, Technology and Regulations Coming Together for Better Patients’ Health”.
The primary objective of the Conference is to ensure that all attendees are brought fully up to date with the current key topics in Science, Technology and Regulations and how each of these can contribute to improving patients’ health. Our world is changing so rapidly and to such large extent that it is difficult to keep up with all changes around us: drug and medical device development require competences to cope with a continuously changing environment – always focussing on the ultimate goal: the benefit for the patient.
Our industry has always been at the forefront of technology and, with the increasing introduction of e-Systems and technological solutions to clinical research, it will continue to enhance our efficiencies in data capture and delivery. Continued innovation is the key to clinical research and, therefore, will be one of the major themes of our conference programme.
At this Conference, we set out to bring patients to the fore and increase their involvement in our discussions as, ultimately, they are an integral part to everything we do and are the focus of our success.
I am sure that all the topics we have identified will stimulate constructive debate and discussions throughout, amongst speakers and attendees. Each session will have time for Q&A, to give everyone an opportunity to delve deeper into each subject and ensure you all leave with no stone unturned.
The year 2020 is also an important anniversary year. We will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of EUCROF as well as the 25th Anniversary of ACRON, the Netherlands CRO Association and the 10th Anniversary of BeCRO, the Belgium CRO Association, and you are all kindly invited to join the celebrations.
I am confident that the Conference will provide opportunities for everyone to learn, gain insight and new skills, which you will be able to apply after the Conference is over. Also, there will be many opportunities to network and meet new colleagues from industry and patients’ organisations, which we hope will lead to new successful collaborations in the future. It is definitely our aim and ambition for every participant to return home somehow enriched, both professionally and on a personal level.
On behalf of the EUCROF Executive Board and our Members, I sincerely wish you a rewarding Conference, an enjoyable time and want to express a special thank you for the added value your presence will bring to the Conference.
Dr Martine Dehlinger-Kremer