Andrea Vadakin, Director, Events and Japan Initiatives, CDISC

The 2017 International Interchange, held in Austin, Texas, was an incredible success. With 525 attendees from 183 organizations, from 16 different countries, the conference week was an informative and bustling event. Attendees had the opportunity to attend 11 different CDISC Education courses, listen to and liaise with over 80 speakers and panelists presenting on 20 hot topics, and network with industry peers. The sold-out Exhibitor area provided a lively atmosphere where attendees interacted with exhibitors to learn the latest innovations and solutions. .

It was a packed house during the first session, which included a powerful keynote presentation by Paula Brown Stafford and Lisa T. Grimes, Managing Directors of Habergeon LLC on the Impact of Collaborating vs. Competing to Achieve Success in Clinical Research. Session 2 focused on updates from FDA and PMDA representatives and included several use cases on interaction with, and submission to, these regulatory authorities. .

A crowd favorite was Session 7, “Data Standards for Patient-Focused Research.” Speakers Dave Handelsman (Project Data Sphere), and Drs. Allyson Gage (Cohen Veterans Bioscience), Meredith Zozus (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) and Sam Volchenboum (University of Chicago) delivered impactful presentations on the importance standards play in developing critical therapies for patients outside of regulated research. The conference wrapped with a panel discussion on the future of CDISC, chaired by Stephen Pyke, Chair-Elect of the CDISC Board of Directors with global views from Asia, Europe, US and complementary organization PhUSE.

The Interchange included a number of firsts. It was the first time we have hosted our flagship conference in CDISC’s hometown, and many attendees took the time to take in the sights and sounds of the Live Music Capital of the World. CDISC also introduced a Newcomer’s Track, designed for those getting started with CDISC standards. Some sessions ended up with standing room only. The Interchange also saw the launch of a conference Mobile App, a convenient platform for attendees to communicate and network with each other, access the conference program, build their own personalized agenda, and much more.

All of us at CDISC would like to take this opportunity to thank those who made this event possible, namely our Interchange Sponsors – Accenture, OmniComm, Pinnacle 21, Ratilan Technologies, Inc., Nurocor, and eClinical Solutions for their invaluable support, as well as our exhibitors, speakers, session chairs, and attendees, all of whom were instrumental in making the conference such a success.