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    Press Release: The Avoca Quality Consortium Announces  New Initiatives for 2014 Press Release: The Avoca Quality Consortium Announces New Initiatives for 2014 Document Transcript

    •   For  Immediate  Release     Media  Contact:           Brittany  Hutt           Brittany.Hutt@theavocagroup.com     610-­‐212-­‐1230                       General  Information:   Caryn  Laermer   Caryn.Laermer@theavocagroup.com   609-­‐799-­‐0511   The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  Announces     New  Initiatives  for  2014       Expanded  membership  and  new  process  to  prequalify  providers  among  2014  priorities       Jamie  Heywood,  Co-­‐Founder  and  Chairman,  PatientsLikeMe,  to  keynote  annual   Summit     PRINCETON,  NJ  (February  25,  2014)  –  The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  (AQC)  Membership   announces  a  bold  new  agenda  for  2014,  which  includes  standardizing  provider   prequalification,  expanding  membership  opportunities,  and  benchmarking  approaches  to   measuring  and  managing  quality.  These  and  other  AQC  initiatives  will  be  discussed  at  the   annual  industry-­‐wide  Summit  May  6-­‐7  in  Princeton,  NJ;  May  6  as  a  Members  Only  session   and  May  7  open  to  the  industry.       The  AQC  is  led  by  The  Avoca  Group,  an  industry-­‐leading  consulting  and  research   organization,  and  includes  executives  from  major  biotech  and  pharmaceutical  companies   and  leading  clinical  research  organizations  (CROs).       Key  initiatives  for  2014  include:     • Develop  a  new  standard  for  prequalification  for  niche  providers.  By  facilitating  the   sharing  of  information,  AQC  hopes  to  increase  efficiency  and  reduce  the  costs   associated  with  prequalification.   • • Conduct  a  benchmarking  research  effort  to  measure  business  practices  and  the   status  of  quality  management  practices  to  gauge  whether  there  has  been   improvement  or  decline  in  quality  over  the  past  two  years.   • Kick-­‐off  a  new  collaboration  with  The  Society  of  Clinical  Research  Sites  (SCRS)  to   gather  sites’  feedback  and  opinions  about  quality  management  practices  and  sites’   perceptions  of  sponsors  and  CROs.   •   Continue  AQC’s  efforts  to  expand  the  Consortium’s  resources  and  tools  for  leading   practices  for  quality  oversight:  focus  will  be  placed  on  developing  principles  and   tools  for  Quality  by  Design  and  Risk  Management.   Launch  an  educational  webinar  series  focused  on  quality  management  practices.   1  
    •     In  an  effort  to  foster  even  more  industry  collaboration,  for  the  first  time  AQC  will  offer   Associate  Consortium  Membership  in  2014  to  companies  that  provide  products  and   services  in  support  of  clinical  development.       “It  is  very  gratifying  to  see  our  Members  so  engaged  in  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium’s   efforts  and  we  are  very  proud  of  the  accomplishments  to  date,”  said  Patricia  Leuchten,   Founder  and  CEO  of  The  Avoca  Group.  “We  are  particularly  excited  to  offer  associate   membership  to  niche  service  providers,  as  they  represent  an  important  segment  of  our   industry  and  will  be  important  contributors  to  the  Pre-­‐qualification  initiative  that  we  are   launching  this  year.”       Industry  professionals  are  encouraged  to  participate  in  Day  2  of  the  Annual  Quality   Consortium  Summit  on  May  6-­‐7  in  Princeton,  New  Jersey,  while  Day  1  will  be  for   Consortium  Member  companies.  This  year’s  Quality  Summit  will  focus  on  themes  that   include  execution  of  high  quality  clinical  trials,  the  drivers  of  clinical  trial  participation  in   different  disease  populations,  the  future  of  the  clinical  trial  enterprise,  and  achieving   progress  through  collaboration.  Jamie  Heywood,  Chairman  and  Co-­‐founder  of   PatientsLikeMe,  will  deliver  the  keynote  address  on  May  7th.  The  subject  of  Jamie’s  talk  will   be,  “Subjects  No  More-­‐  Will  Your  Trial  Meet  the  Patients’  Eligibility  Requirements?  Bridging   to  a  Collaborative  Patient-­‐Centered  Future.”      “The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  has  had  a  positive  impact  across  the  industry  to  create  an   environment  of  collaboration  between  biopharmaceutical  sponsors  and  CROs,”  stated  John   Hubbard,  Ph.D.,  FCP,  Senior  Vice  President  and  Worldwide  Head  of  Development   Operations,  Pfizer,  Inc,  one  of  the  lead  sponsors  of  the  AQC.  “The  work  of  the  Consortium  to   date,  and  what  we  are  embarking  upon  this  year,  is  producing  tangible  improvements  to   improve  the  quality  of  our  clinical  trials.”     AQC  members  have  access  to  research,  metrics,  and  guidelines  for  Quality  Oversight  and   Risk  Management  through  a  user-­‐friendly  online  technology  platform.  They  also  receive   regular  reports  on  quality  and  trends  in  clinical  outsourcing,  published  by  The  Avoca  Group.     About  The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium   The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  was  founded  in  2012  as  an  opportunity  to  bring  Sponsors   and  CROs  together  to  accelerate  the  development  of  best  practices  and  industry  standards   for  proactive  quality  management.  The  Avoca  Quality  Consortium  is  led  by  The  Avoca   Group,  Inc.,  a  Princeton-­‐based  consulting  firm  founded  in  1999.  Avoca’s  team  consists  of   pharmaceutical  industry  veterans  and  subject  matter  experts  in  the  areas  of  large-­‐scale   organizational  change,  relationship  management,  quality  management,  and  survey  research.   The  Avoca  Group  conducts  industry  research  on  trends  in  clinical  outsourcing  each  year,   presenting  the  results,  The  Avoca  Report,  at  international  conferences  and  in  industry   publications.   ###   For  more  information  about  the  Avoca  Quality  Consortium,  or  to  inquire  about  membership,   please  contact  caryn.laermer@theavocagroup.com    at  (609)  799-­‐0511,  or  visit  the  The  Avoca   Quality  Consortium.       2