Optimizing Clinical Trial Performance: A Strategic Partnership Planning and Management Approach

Sponsored by: Covance

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    Date: 10 November


    Time: London 3PM / New York 10AM

    A strategic partnership approach to enable more reliable cost, quality and timeline performance for a portfolio of clinical studies

    Measuring the success of a sponsor-CRO strategic partnership can be challenging for a number of reasons including

    • Different perspectives of each party
    • The need to measure a broad variety of success factors (time, cost, quality)
    • The need to measure the performance of a portfolio of clinical trials in addition to the performance of individual projects

    This Webinar will review an approach that has been successfully implemented to plan, monitor, and control the performance of both individual clinical trials and a portfolio of trials.

    The presenter shares his extensive firsthand experience and a focus on practical approaches and tools. Recent real life examples will be included, illustrating the benefits of a well designed and executed study planning, measurement, and control process.

    A case study on earned value metrics takes a central place to illustrate how sponsors and Covance have developed innovative measures and improvement strategies to help achieve success in the collaboration. The examples include specific metrics, monitoring, and improvement strategies as well as tips to continuously improve the accuracy of collaboration planning processes.

    Presented by

    Paul R. Bunch, Ph.D., PMP,

    Vice President & Head, Global Project Management, Clinical Development Services, Covance

    As the Vice President and Head, Global Project Management, Paul provides executive leadership for the Project Management and Study Start-Up teams in all regions where Covance operates. In this role Paul is accountable for ensuring client satisfaction through reliable study delivery, leading and developing the Global Project Management and Initiation team, and driving process and organizational change. Paul has focused his attention on improving the quality and consistency of project delivery to clients by building a strong talent pipeline, and by driving consistent Project Management methods processes, tools, and training throughout the Project Management organization. Paul joined Covance in August 2008.

    From June 2005 to July 2008, Paul led the Project Management Team in Merck Research Laboratories. He and his team were accountable for leading successful execution of Merck’s product development portfolio from preclinical development through post patent expiry. Paul’s leadership at Merck focused on improving the quality and consistency of Project Management services delivered to all development teams.

    Prior to joining Merck, Paul spent 15 years of his career at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, in a number of senior managerial roles in Project Management, Portfolio Management, Discovery Research, Manufacturing and Engineering.

    Paul earned his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

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    Key Learning Objectives

    • Find out more about study and portfolio metrics used to assess performance trends and identify areas for improvement across a portfolio of clinical trials
    • Explore a management process that integrates with the measurement system to drive performance improvement
    • Discuss how the process and metrics can be used to improve the accuracy of the strategic partnership planning processes
    • View a real-life case study on earned value metrics


    • Project Management
    • Program Management
    • Clinical Operations
    • Outsourcing
    • Alliance Leaders
    • R&D
    • Site start-up
    • Feasibility
    • Site Management