Improving Study Startup Efficiency

Leveraging Technology & Business Process Optimization to Drive Change

Study startups have notoriously been considered labor intensive, costly, and open to the risk of delays due to the lack of optimization in the set-up process. With so many parallel and simultaneous activities taking place like contract negotiations, budgeting, and patient recruitment, it's easy to see how studies can be delayed. It's well known that delays are costly and sponsors can lose a great deal of revenue for every day of delay to product development and launch. For organizations to improve startup efficiency, they must evolve streamlined approaches to the process of clinical trials startup to avoid delays and the huge financial losses they incur.

In this webinar we will explore important process optimization considerations specific to an organization and associated impact on key stakeholders for creating real efficiencies in study startup.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Key changes to the processes executed during startup (list maintenance, feasibility, document collection/activation)
  • Stakeholders that are impacted by the changes to the processes (study startup groups, CTAs, CRO Partners, etc.)
  • How to optimize processes to your organizations specific needs
  • How to operationalize processes via change management

This webinar is applicable to:

  • Sponsor or CRO responsible for site identification, feasibility assessment, and selection
  • Sponsor or CRO responsible for site activation
  • Sponsor or CRO responsible for collecting and evaluating site and study metrics


Chris McSpiritt is the Clinical Practice Lead for Paragon's Life Science Research & Development team. Chris has over 10 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in R&D and has applied his business architecture, business process management, and analytical skills to help pharmaceutical companies improve the conduct of clinical trials for global life sciences companies. Chris holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active member of the Business Architecture Guild, Association of Business Process Management Professionals, Project Management Institute, and Drug Information Association.
Director, Clinical Optimization
Paragon Solutions
Chris McSpiritt
Erik Sam
Erik leads the solutions consulting team from within the Customer Success organization at goBalto. Erik has in-depth experience implementing the goBalto suite of products at large pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and investigative sites. Prior to goBalto, Erik worked in the Process Research and Development department at Genentech as a process engineer. Erik holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Senior Director, Customer Success

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