by:  Jens Mattuschka, Vice President, Strategic Development at PAREXEL International GmbH

Why do I go to a conference?

Primarily I do this for two reasons. Firstly, for me a conference is still the perfect forum to understand market dynamics via presentations, workshops, interactive discussions and meet and greet opportunities. This brings me directly to the second reason, which is simply this: networking face to face with industry experts.

I have brought back something useful to my working life from every conference I have attended; be it just a regulatory update or a confirmation that I’m on the right pathway. Often enough I made long standing business relationships from colleague to colleague as well as from company to company, which have helped me to achieve my individual business objectives.

Does the ISPE Europe Annual Conference meet “My Why”?

Our daily business life in Research and Development (R&D) is an ever changing journey. On one side the complexity of clinical trials is growing, on the other side the digitalization of clinical trials is helping to manage this complexity. Social media, new innovative diagnostics and therapies are already influencing patients. The time is definitely over where industry experts can work in silos. I’m therefore very excited that the Europe Annual Conference combines Clinical Development and Supply topics in one single conference. Cultural and experiential diversity is the source of innovation in all industries!

Not that we should necessarily expect disruptive medical innovations in the near term, we are already experiencing rapid advancement of new therapy concepts such as personalized medicine, translational medicine as well as gene and cell therapies. Such concepts require creative thinking in R&D, new and expanded eClinical technologies, changed manufacturing processes, revised clinical supply chain strategies and certainly adjusted regulations. Through the various tracks at the Europe Annual Conference, ISPE brings all these experts together in one place.

So I would definitely say, “My Why” will be fulfilled at the Europe Annual Conference.

Join us at the Europe Annual Conference 7 – 9 March 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany!

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