Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Live music is the essence of Austin, with more than 250 music venues. It’s packed with spectacular entertainment districts and top-notch restaurants, including some of the best barbeque in the world. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. Austin was voted the No. 1 place to live in America for multiple years in a row — based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. It’s also no secret that Austin is a hotbed for technology, startups and innovation. There are so many tech companies in Austin that it’s been nicknamed “Silicon Hills.” It’s also home to one of the best oncology conferences this year called SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit 2020.
The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) is the first organization created to represent the global research site community in order to provide greater site sustainability. SCRS was founded in 2012 by Christine Pierre, in response to the industry’s growing need for a global organization who represents the needs of clinical research sites all over the world. It was her vision to use the networks and resources of SCRS as a foundation to cure cancer through efficiency in process and by strengthening the relationships between oncology clinical research sites, institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and patients. SCRS currently represents over 9,500 research sites in 47 countries, with their mission being to unify the voice of the global clinical research site community for overall site sustainability. SCRS is an active partner in creating solid initiatives and global communication entirely focused on improving all clinical research, including the hosting of some great conferences if you’re in the industry!
The SCRS Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit 2020 conference will be held on January 31st - February 1st, in Austin, Texas, at the Hilton Austin Hotel & Venue. This special conference provides resources that enable oncology-focused clinical research sites to improve efficiency in working with sponsors/CROs and vendors, and increase the number of patients who are provided access to cancer clinical trials. The program’s board of CROs, sponsors and sites meets regularly to focus on what’s needed by sites in order to better fulfill their mission. Each year, the SCRS board and supporting committees come together to create a collaborative forum for oncology clinical research stakeholders to leverage an in-person experience and to discuss site sustainability and patient access to oncology clinical research trials. The team at SCRS looks to provide attendees with highly sought-after content and networking opportunities that successfully and proactively address increasingly complex challenges within the oncology clinical research industry.
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 Austin:
Know the area and activities
The SCRS Global Oncology Site Summit is the best place for sites, sponsors, and CROs to come together to learn, communicate and collaborate in ways that will truly propel cancer research to a new level. This meeting provides tremendous value to attendees by providing educational tools, networking opportunities and creating partnerships and relationships between sponsors, CROs and sites. All of these features aligns well with the SCRS Oncology program's vision, which is to cure cancer through efficiency in process and strengthen relationships between clinical research sites, CROs, solution providers, and patients.
Some of the top reasons to attend:
- Innovation - SCRS understands that oncology is the frontier of research. The Oncology Summit is focused on delivering best practices and connections for operational excellence and site success.
- Networking - The Oncology Summit provides clinical research executives a gathering space for education, networking and innovative product and service opportunities.
- Resources - The sessions at the Oncology Summit will address issues including patient recruitment, site payments, project management, technology advancements, business development, industry collaboration and more.
There will be multiple activities to experience while attending the conference, including multiple informative speaker sessions, dozens of exhibitors to explore, essential networking opportunities, the ever popular Site Partnership Symposiums, a very important keynote this year, dozens of breakout speaker sessions with two different tracks, and other fun activities in between the sessions.
The SCRS Site Partnership Symposiums are a platform for leading organizations to engage in high-level dialogue and directly interact with hundreds of site decision-makers. The symposiums, exclusively for sites, focus on promoting knowledge and providing unique insight into study pipeline opportunities and site sustainability. Investigators and site executives are invited to attend these leading-edge sessions at the 2020 Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit. Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind opportunities to forge partnerships and form new alliances with industry leaders. Register early as the symposiums are extremely popular and space is limited. To learn more about these symposiums, check out the conference webpage here.
Throughout the conference there will be multiple speakers covering a number of key topics relevant to the industry, such as paradigm shifts in cancer care, and trends in the path forward to clinical research. There will also be dozens of one-hour breakout speaker sessions with multiple topics relevant to your site’s success that will be presented for your selection through two different tracks, one focusing on innovation and the other track focusing on sustainability. These breakout speaker sessions will help your team understand what to expect from the current oncology landscape as new therapies, technologies, and policies change the way of conducting future oncology research and trials. Another good reason to attend the breakout sessions is because it will help strengthen the underlying basis of why it’s important to conduct thorough research by providing critical information, best practices, and stories from others who have tried, failed, succeeded and learned. All of these sessions include active participation with either moderated panels or faculty presenters that will provide many valuable takeaways. For full details of the conference events and activities check out the 2020 agenda webpage.
Identify the right companies to meet
With the ability to network with leading innovators in the clinical research industry, the 2020 Global Oncology Site Solutions Summit provides sites, sponsors, CROs, and suppliers with the current business intelligence and important conversation needed to improve your company’s profile. All of the valuable exhibitors are integrated into every opportunity to meet, engage, and present to all active attendees. Each registration will include all speakers sessions, materials, networking events, and meals, making this a great conference to explore and visit with some of the best companies in your industry.
In addition to the multiple speaker sessions and networking events, there will be dozens of premier-level and performance-level exhibitors to explore at SCRS Global Oncology Summit 2020. From large multinational companies to unique clinical research groups, you will be sure to find new and interesting services and potential partnerships during the walk through of the exhibitor area. For a complete list of all the companies that will be exhibiting during the show, be sure to check out the 2020 Exhibitor List for more details. You can also find even more details about each exhibiting company here.
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 navigating the show. The interactive map is a great tool for anyone interested in making the most of their time at the SCRS Global Oncology Summit 2020.
Find out who’s going
One of the best ways to identify the right companies to meet during SCRS Global Oncology Summit 2020 will actually happen before you arrive in Austin! After registering your team, you will gain access to the SCRS App, where you can view the full attendee list, view the speakers and exhibitors, navigate the surrounding areas with their custom map, and even pre-schedule meetings before the event. The SCRS Conference App is already live, so if you haven’t already started, now would be the best time to register, login and start creating networking opportunities today.
There will be plenty of meeting opportunities with 2 unique days of important industry dialogue. Your team will be able to find answers to your site's most pressing problems in some of the interactive breakout sessions, speaker discussions, and networking activities. Meet high-level industry executives at one of the networking functions, and take a walk through the exhibit area to discover all of the new and innovative technologies your site requires. There will be tons of attending sponsors and CROs with everything from small companies to large conglomerates, and by checking out the Sponsors & CROs List you and your team will be able to plan ahead who to meet at the event.
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While we may not be attending the SCRS Global Oncology Summit 2020 conference, but 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!