Bloemfontein, South Africa

29th November 2019

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The Future of Data Science in the Changing CRO Environment



Conducting clinical trials today is a complex set of activities including huge volumes of data across multiple systems. As the clinical space grows at a rapid pace, with more trials and increasingly strict protocols regulating those trials, the medical industry faces the challenge of having to quickly and easily access real-time data. A large part of the medical industry relies on contract research organisations (CROs) to manage their trials and CROs, in turn, rely on data analytics software to facilitate their work.

The volume of data in healthcare is growing at a massive rate. As the industry enters the exciting realm of genomics, historical control arms and high-frequency sensor data, the value of such data will only be leveraged if it is properly integrated, standardised and analysed. In addition, there is a lot of attention on machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, natural language processing and cognitive computing which drives innovations and changes.

Given the influx of data and technology, data science is currently the most discussed topic on social media and within the CRO industry. How will data science and technology change the CRO environment? With more device-driven data capturing and virtual trials, data science will play a vital role. Will it allow the CRO industry to identify trends earlier on to enable us to make better business decisions? Please join us at the Single Day Event (SDE) in Bloemfontein, South Africa to share your vision and ideas on this hot topic.



Emoya Estate
7 Frans Kleynhans Rd,
Bloemfontein, 9301



Time Presentation Speaker(s)
08.00–08.45 Registration
08.45–09.00 Welcome Chanelle Foster, IQVIA &
Jaco van Blerk, Clindata
09.00–09.30 PHUSE Updates Yvonne Moores,
PHUSE Special Projects Director
09.30–10.00 Historical Data in Clinical Trials Japie Lowings,
10.00–10.30 In Rock We Trust, it's Rock or Bust! So Goes the Song by AC/DC Hentie de Plessis,
10.30–11.00 Coffee Break
11.00–11.30 Randomized Control Trial (RCT) Versus Trials Involving the Use of Real-world Evidence (RWE) Louise van Aswegen & Pieter Cloete,
11.30–12.00 Ameliorated Subjects Megan Carnell & Leon Lombaard,
12.00–12.30 The ONLY Constant is Change Eduan Cronje,
GCE Solutions
12.30–13.30 Lunch Break
13.30–14.00 A Practical Solution to Managing and Presenting Big Data in Real Time Jaco Smith,
14.00–14.30 Investigating Data Engineering, Extraction and Machine Learning Methods to Code MedDRA Dictionaries Coenraad Bezuidenhout,
14.30–15.00 Our Industry: Technology-driven or Driven by Technology Faheeza Rangunwala,
GCE Solutions
15.00–15.30 Coffee Break
15.30–16.00 The Future of Clinical Trial Programming Arnold van Aswegen,
GCE Solutions
16.00–16.30 Q&A & Closing Remarks Chanelle Foster, IQVIA &
Jaco van Blerk, Clindata


SDE Chairs:

Chanelle Foster, IQVIA

Jaco von Blerk, Clindata

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