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!