Veeva R&D Summit Puts Focus on Innovation and Best Practices

Veeva R&D Summit Puts Focus on Innovation and Best Practices

by Laurissa Primavera |
Oct 10, 2019 |
For those of us on the services side of the life sciences industry, connecting with industry clients and colleagues is crucial to ensure changing needs are addressed. The 2019 Veeva Global R&D Summit, held in Philadelphia from 8 to 10 September, was a golden opportunity to connect with industry leaders, hear about pain points and advances in areas such as regulatory information management (RIM), and share common objectives.

As a Veeva Migration Services partner, fme was a key sponsor of the summit and we were excited to be part of this growing industry event. During both days of the summit, sessions were separated into tracks: clinical operations, clinical data management, quality and manufacturing, regulatory, the Vault platform and innovation theatres. A total of approximately 400 life sciences companies attended and 61 spoke at the summit.

One of the newer Veeva Vault initiatives is Vault RIM and Veeva has been proactive at making product enhancements based on customer feedback. A key part of moving to RIM is data migration, which is often a complex and time-consuming process. Ultimately, the time spent on the migration is worth the effort since a centralized RIM capability, such as Veeva RIM, is a game-changer for companies.

Moving to a shared data model

A common challenge for many companies is managing product changes, or variations, after receiving approvals, because information is typically not in one place. Veeva and fme client Vertex spoke at the summit about the benefits of having a shared data model within a unified RIM platform. Not only was there a business benefit to this approach but it also helped to align with their objectives of meeting their commitments to patients. Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline also spoke at the regulatory session about their journey toward unifying regulatory processes and how Vault RIM is helping them to integrate teams in different countries. The ability to simplify deployment and streamline implementation will also be key to ensuring pharmaceutical companies meet their RIM objectives.

Clinical Data Management

Another key track was clinical data management, with a session focused on building and running complex trials using advances in monitoring, cleaning and reporting data. Integral to this is the migration and management of safety data. As companies begin their transition to a more integrated approach to clinical data, they will need to consider their safety data migration fully and carefully.

It was also great to recognize and celebrate Veeva Heroes, which honors six industry pioneers who over the year have gone above and beyond to help move the industry forward. These innovators have pushed boundaries and navigated change at their company to improve processes and deliver outcomes. This year’s innovators included: Jennifer Trundle, Gilead Sciences; Joe Brenner, Johnson & Johnson; Lisa Little-Tranter, Lilly; Michelle Harrison, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Sandra Freeman, Johnson & Johnson; and Shelly Plapp, Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. Congratulations to everyone.

The Veeva Vault Summit continues to grow and attract increasingly large numbers of life sciences companies that are eager to learn more about areas integral to their business. In fact, the summit has become so large that during this year’s keynote speech organizers had to use an overflow room to accommodate the audience. Next year’s session, which will be held in Boston, will undoubtedly take these large audiences into account.

In addition to joining the 2020 Veeva R&D Summits in both the US and Europe in our capacity as a partner, fme is also planning to sponsor the Medical Device & Diagnostics Summit to be held in Minneapolis in June 2020. Hope to see you there!

More from this category

Building an Agile Object and Security Model – Step by Step

How to define an agile Object Model Document’s metadata Let’s start our discussion on how any company may receive a new document. It could be either in electronic form or in a physical form that...

AWS Sumerian as Quality Training – Digital Learning in the Enterprise

Digital learning is an exciting and at the same time very dynamic area where technologies are constantly evolving. There is an increasing need for companies to integrate this new way of learning...

My journey through Life Sciences

Within these years of learning, I was established in the company’s IT department and made some excursions to purchasing, sales and production control departments. I was taught that IT links...

Keep Talking: Why Communication Is the Key to a Successful Project

When an investment in IT solutions doesn’t live up to expectations, this can often be attributed to lack of effective communications and the establishment of a formalized communication plan. If the...

Veeva R&D Summit Puts Focus on Innovation and Best Practices

As a Veeva Migration Services partner, fme was a key sponsor of the summit and we were excited to be part of this growing industry event. During both days of the summit, sessions were separated into...

Updates from the OpenText Enterprise World Conference in Toronto

On top of that, there are additional challenges as a result of mergers and acquisitions. Once they come together, companies are forced to consolidate documents and data from different systems and...

A master plan: why master data management is key to successful migration projects

»Master data management is the method that an organization uses to define and manage its critical data in order to achieve a single source of truth across the enterprise.« The importance of master...

Checklist for a Successful OpenText Documentum D2 Implementation

After all, the sheer volume of content can be overwhelming and the potential to change business processes that developed over time can be a contentious point in any organization. This planning...

Lost in translation: Why complex EDMS projects often miss the mark

Typically, teams or committees are created across different business units and geographies, each with different goals and expectations. The result can be a budget blow-out, failure to harmonize on...

Quality in migration projects – “a life necessity” in the Life Sciences industry: Interview with Markus Schneider

Jens Dahl: Markus, you have been working in the area of ECM in the Life Science and Pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years. You know many platforms, applications, client environments and of...