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Webinar: Linking Study Quality to Leading Practices for Proactive Planning

by Craig Morgan

Save your seat for this upcoming webinar! With the use of upfront workflows, which provide stakeholders with insight months earlier quality can be moved 21-weeks upstream in the process.

Webinar: Linking Study Quality to Leading Practices for Proactive Planning

Title: Linking Study Quality to Leading Practices for Proactive Planning


A well-known cliché advises that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. When it comes to study startup these words ring true, especially as the clinical trials sector is making strides in boosting study quality. With the help of leading practice guides, tools, templates, and automated workflows for study startup, Sponsors and CROs can proactively plan. These stakeholders can agree on and document key elements that can drive quality, efficiency, and compliance while reducing risk and cycle time. These elements enable organizations to document decisions and operational practices to allow sponsors to use a more balanced approach for CRO oversight, and allow CROs the autonomy to effectively meet and exceed sponsor requirements. This proactive approach is becoming essential to enabling parties to constantly be audit-ready, and to increase the likelihood of positive regulatory inspection outcomes.

Getting it right from the beginning — prior to site activation — is key. Too often, these issues are not addressed upfront, resulting in inefficiencies and problems that are not identified until much later, when the study is already underway. Reversing this trend means building in quality from the start. This approach aligns with regulatory initiatives to manage risk, leading to improved study quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of proactive planning
  • Review the fundamentals of effective study startup
  • Learn key considerations prior to site activation
  • Gain an understanding of leading practices – for Sponsors and CROs


Thursday, May 3
1 pm ET
10 am PT

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Janis Hall
Senior Consultant
The Avoca Group
Janis Hall is a Senior Consultant with The Avoca Group. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry with leadership roles in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, CRO, and medical diagnostic companies. While at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (J&JPRD), she was responsible for R&D sourcing, contracting, and supplier alliance management.

As Senior Consultant with The Avoca Group, Janis developed many of the quality oversight tools within the Avoca Quality ConsortiumTM Knowledge Center. She is also the mastermind behind the Oversight Capability and Maturity Model (OCMM) and Prequalification work streams, and a key contributor to Avoca's DiligentTM Vendor Prequalification Platform.

Janis has been a chair, invited speaker, and panelist at numerous conferences. She holds an MBA from the University of Delaware and a BS in Chemistry from Towson University.
Elvin Thalund
Senior Director, Product Strategy
Elvin is a recognized industry expert in clinical trials, having over twenty years of experience working as a Clinical Business Analyst Consultant at major pharmaceutical companies including, Hoffmann-La Roche and Johnson & Johnson. Elvin works as a product strategist and system architect in goBalto’s effort to optimize Study Startup. Elvin is the co-chair on the TMF Reference Model Exchange Mechanism and holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Aalborg Universitet.

The Avoca Quality Consortium is a Member-based pre-competitive collaborative comprised of clinical operations, quality, and outsourcing professionals from pharma, biotech, CROs, and clinical service providers. Learn more about the Consortium here.
The Avoca Quality Consortium

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