Annual Conference 2016

Fast Track to Approval: Speed and Efficiency

9th - 12th October 2016


Conference Summary:

The Annual Conference in Barcelona was a great success. With nearly 600 attendees, 44 exhibitors, 15 streams including > 120 papers, six Hands-on Workshops and Discussion Clubs, this was the biggest PhUSE conference ever. Both the venue and the location in beautiful Barcelona were perfectly suited for PhUSE.

The conference kicked-off on Sunday evening with the poster session followed by a buffet dinner and drinks. This was a perfect opportunity for networking and catching up with friends in other companies. Earlier on Sunday there was an opportunity to contribute to PhUSE in the Scriptathon.

Each day of the conference started with an inspirational talk by a keynote speaker. This year we were very fortunate to have a good mix of scientific topics presented by Alok Jah, Aseem Malhotra and Jack Lewis. Alok Jah (journalist and broadcaster) spoke about using story telling as a tool for presenting complicated topics. Dr Aseem Malhotra told us about over use of medicines and the importance of informing patients about alternative options to standard treatment. Finally Dr Jack Lewis gave a very inspirational talk about our brains and how we can train them to make better decisions. I think everyone who listened and wakes up at night knows what to do – go clean the oven! Don’t reward the brain by doing something nice. Both doctors touched upon the importance of a healthy diet without sugar. 

The theme of the conference was “Fast Track to Approval: Speed and Efficiency”. Many of the workshops and presentations discussed how we as data scientists can standardize, automatize and become more efficient in order to reduce the time to approval for our drugs. This year two new streams were introduced “Real World Evidence” and ”Data Visualization”, both were well attended and received positive feedback from the audience. The management stream continued on the interactive path with three different topics that were presented by senior leaders and lively and fruitful discussions.

All the Hands-on Workshops and Discussion Clubs were sold out and very well received as they interactively engaged and brought relevant information to the attendees. The topics featured this year were: Semantic Technology, SAS Life Science Analytics framework, CDISC, R, Computational Science Symposium and Good Programming Practice.

In addition to industry presentations, this year the regulatory stream included presentations from three different regulatory authorities. During the FDA presentation by Lilliam Rosario all seats were filled and people were standing in the back to hear the view and expertise of one of our key stakeholders.

The Conference Committee faced a significant challenge this year in selecting only the very best abstracts, and this was reflected in the high quality of all the presentations and posters at the conference. During the closing session, we had the pleasure to announce the Best Paper Awards for each stream.

We are looking forward to meeting many of you again at PhUSE events during 2016 and, of course, in Edinburgh for the next Annual Conference.


        Åsa Carlsheimer            Jules van der Zalm         

             Trialbee                         OCS Consulting

        Conference Chair              Conference Co-Chair

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