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The city of Houston is at the forefront of many things, it is known as the world capital of space exploration, the world capital of air conditioning, the world capital of the international energy industry, the world capital of petroleum exploration and the world capital of “capital punishment.” This year it’s also home to great conference called OCT Texas 2019, which is apart of the Outsourcing for Clinical Trials series of conference events. The OCT conference series is the leading Outsourcing and Clinical Operations event series for the clinical trials community spanning 15 locations across the globe and have been operating for more than 10 years.
OCT Texas 2019 is organized by Area International Events Group and will be held from September 11th - 12th at the Hilton Houston Plaza and Medical Center. The first annual Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Texas conference is specifically assembled to address the concerns of trial sponsors based in Texas who are conducting clinical trials at a local and global level. Bringing the OCT global series to Houston will provide opportunities for Texans to bring together decision makers from both small, medium and large pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help advance their clinical trial within timelines and budget.
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 such large scale events, 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 Houston:
Know the area and activities
Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center and close to other popular Houston attractions, the newly renovated Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center features exceptional accommodations along with first-class facilities. This is an ideal spot when visiting NRG Stadium, Rice University or downtown Houston. In addition there is a complimentary shuttle service taking you throughout the extensive Houston Medical Center complex. Surrounding the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center is the Texas Heart Institute, the Children's Hospital and the Anderson Cancer Center. The Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and the Galleria shopping center are also located nearby.
The Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Texas event will bring together a definitive group of executives responsible for outsourcing clinical trials and enhancing partnerships with associated vendors. There will be expert guidance through speaker sessions and workshops, as well as numerous networking opportunities for all attendees.
Some of the features that OCT Texas 2019 will have to offer include:
- 150+ attendees to meet each year
- 20+ exhibitors to explore
- 20+ speakers
- 70% attendees at director-level or higher
This particular conference is an exceptional networking opportunity for industry accelerators in the Texan clinical trial space to meet their peers, uncover new insights into common challenges and engage with seasoned solution providers. During the conference you will be able to join like-minded fellows and learn new perspectives and case studies on recent clinical trial developments through a series of presentations, panel discussions, round-table sessions and workshops. The conference will also discuss the vital connections between process, tools and techniques in order to manage the changes in clinical trial technology. The exhibition space will feature some of the best-in-class solution providers who will be able to deliver improvements upon clinical trial development.
Identify the right companies to meet
Overall the conference is geared toward addressing the concerns of trial sponsors based in Texas who are conducting clinical trials at a local and global level. With a content-driven agenda, interactive networking sessions and a host of innovative service providers, the conference focuses on helping attendees find solutions to their most pressing clinical trial challenges. Even though this particular conference is small in size compared to some of the larger events we’ve recently talked about, OCT Texas provides and unique advantage of mingling with people on a very personal level, creating a concentrated atmosphere of close-knit experiences and building intimate relationships that would otherwise be difficult to achieve at the larger conferences.
After listening to some speaker sessions and attending a few of the interactive workshops, take some time to visit vendors in the exhibitor hall and discover new solutions that will speed up and lower the costs of your clinical trials. There will be plenty of exhibitors to learn about and discuss new technologies, current roadblocks, and potential solutions to your clinical trial pipeline.
Find out who’s going
Sometimes it’s difficult to determine who’s going to be attending conferences in smaller venues, but we believe the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Texas event will be a unique platform for the biopharmaceutical cluster in the region to network and collaborate in order to refine their outsourcing strategies. Selecting the right partners, managing your relationships with your solution providers and other stakeholders are all key factors in reducing the overall cost of your clinical trial. This content-driven conference will offer attendees opportunities to develop practical strategies that they can implement to optimize their unique clinical trial program.
For more details visit Arena International’s OCT Texas agenda webpage for a complete list of all the activities taking place during the event. You can alternatively download a PDF version of the agenda by navigating to the agenda webpage and filling out a short form here.
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While we may not be attending OCT Texas 2019 this year, we’d still like to hear from you! Let us know about your experiences, and how your company preps for events to maximize ROI. If you would like to learn more about how teams at service providers around the world are getting more face to face meetings with the right prospects, reach out for a demo today!