Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (OCT) West Coast 2020

Offering all of the attractions of most world-class cities, such as gorgeous museums and cosmopolitan restaurants, San Francisco’s location makes it truly unique. Nestled within the rolling hills of North Beach and Chinatown, and in between Ocean City and the beautiful bay, San Francisco has more parks and hiking trails that even most countries, let alone cities, can ever offer. And whether you’re exploring the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the historical Haight Ashbury or the continually expanding downtown district, be sure to take San Francisco by foot as much as possible. Also be sure to have those walking shoes handy for the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (OCT) West Coast 2020 conference.                                  

The 12th annual OCT West Coast 2020 conference is organized by Arena International Events Group and will be held from March 3rd - 4th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel and venue. Last year's event was attended by 750+ clinical trial stakeholders. Following its success, this year’s conference will be on an even larger scale, with a great speaker line up and engaging content. Connect with pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech experts to discuss adopting new trends, exploring new opportunities and learning how to optimize your clinical knowledge by staying ahead of the game. This conference will help you find all of the right solution providers to partner with and further accelerate your trial timelines. Attendees will enjoy an engaging program fully loaded with case studies, panel discussions, and presentations, with an added bonus of obtaining local knowledge on the opportunities for clinical trials in the West Coast region. Historically there has always been a great interest in conferences organized by Arena International Events Group and tickets are always limited, so be sure to register your team as soon as possible.     

Arena International Events Group is an amazing events organizer. Each year, over 10,000 business executives from “Fortune 1000” companies attend over 80 of their events worldwide. Addressed by over 1,700 industry leaders, their conferences deliver cutting edge content, leading technologies and numerous discussion opportunities. The group has a large portfolio of established, annual events with many of them being the flagship events within their respective industries.   

For events such as these, it can quickly become overwhelming for a team of company attendees, particularly if limited in size. With so much potential ground to cover, making the most of your time and investment is key, so we’ve put a few tips together for planning out your time in San Francisco:

Know the area and activities

The OCT West Coast event will bring together top-tier groups of executives responsible for outsourcing clinical trials and enhancing partnerships with associated vendors. There will be expert guidance through speaker sessions and panel discussions on outsourcing clinical operations and clinical trial technology and overall innovation in the industry, as well as numerous networking opportunities for all attendees.  

Some of the features that OCT West Coast 2020 will have to offer include:

  • 750+ Attendees
  • 95+ Exhibitors
  • 40+ Speakers
  • 50% Attendees at Director Level or Above 

This exceptional conference is a special networking opportunity for industry accelerators in the West Coast clinical trial space to meet their peers, reveal new insights into common regulatory challenges and engage with seasoned solution providers. During the conference you will be able to join like-minded colleagues and learn new perspectives and case studies on recent clinical trial developments through a series of speaker presentations, panel discussions, round-table sessions and workshops. The conference will also discuss vital connections between process, tools and techniques in order to manage the upcoming changes in clinical trial technology. The four main tracks of activities will be focused around Clinical Operations & Outsourcing, Clinical Technology & Innovation, Patient Engagement (new for 2020), and Medical Device Trials. In addition to all of these engaging activities, the exhibition space will feature some of the best-in-class solution providers who will be able to deliver improvements upon your current clinical trial development.       

For more details visit Arena International’s OCT West Coast 2020 agenda webpage for a complete list of all of the activities taking place during the event.      

Identify the right companies to meet

With a new content-driven agenda, interactive networking sessions, informational speakers, and a host of innovative service providers, OCT West Coast 2020 focuses on helping attendees find solutions to their most important clinical trial challenges. Outsourcing in Clinical West Coast 2020 will focus on providing attendees with practical takeaways and solutions to their most current operational and outsourcing challenges in clinical trial management. The event will bring together a definitive group of executives responsible for outsourcing clinical trials and enhancing partnerships with new and existing vendors. There will be expert guidance throughout the entire conference program with numerous networking opportunities in between. The people who should consider attending this event are those with responsibility for clinical operations and outsourcing across the West Coast region. 

After listening to some speaker sessions and panel discussions, take some time to visit vendors in the exhibitor hall and discover new solutions that will speed up and potentially lower the costs of your clinical trials. There will be over 95 exhibitors to learn about and discuss new technologies, current roadblocks, and potential solutions to your clinical trial pipeline. For more details, check out the full list of sponsors, co-sponsors and exhibitors attending this event. Another great way to prepare for your journey through the exhibit area is to check out the Interactive Floor Plan to find specific companies that you’re interested in speaking with and lay out your plans for exploring the show. The interactive map is a great tool for anyone interested in making the most of their time at OCT West Coast 2020.   

Find out who’s going

Compared to some of the other OCT conferences around the U.S., this particular event in San Francisco is large, with over 750+ attendees and 40+ speakers. We believe the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials West Coast event will be a unique platform for the pharma, biotech and medical device groups in the region to network and collaborate in order to refine your current outsourcing strategies. Attendees will be able to hear from seasoned experts, such as from Dan Trigub, Head of Uber Health, who will talk about methods of removing transportation as a barrier to care, as well as a keynote presentation from Microsoft’s Clinical Research Innovation Hub.

Day 1 will kick-off the conference with registration promptly followed by multiple speaker presentations, a keynote speech regarding the future of clinical research and identifying best practices for accelerating innovation, as well as panel discussions and a couple of very interesting workshops. Minorities in clinical trials and investment checklists for biopharma companies will be discussed during the practical workshops and for the first time the patient engagement track will give attendees the opportunity to debate best practices on how to include patient voices in clinical trials and the best approaches to recruitment. Day 2 will cover many more speaker presentations, panel discussions, and roundtables as well. As a highlight on the second day, one discussion will focus on the premise of Synthetic Control Arms during the Technology track and a case study will also be given by Abbvie. In addition to all of these speaker sessions and presentations, there will be over 95 exhibitors to explore, so make sure to leave room for networking with potential solution providers as well as other attendees!  

Selecting the right partners, managing your relationships with solution providers, and targeting other stakeholders are all key factors in reducing the overall cost of clinical trials. This content-driven conference will offer attendees opportunities to develop practical strategies that you can implement to optimize your unique clinical trial program.

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