“Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people." – Steve Jobs
As 2017 comes to a close, I’d like to acknowledge CDISC’s two greatest assets….our staff and the global CDISC community. Together, these teams have indeed done, and will continue to do, great things.
As you know, CDISC Standards foster collaboration and reduce costs through increased efficiency, improved data quality, and automated processes. I believe that great collaboration and reduced costs should result in a reduction in human suffering, unlocking cures and treatments for chronic and terminal illnesses.
During my eight-month tenure at CDISC, I have been on the road, visiting nine countries on three continents, meeting the individuals and organizations that form CDISC’s global community of collaborators. I have met with and listened to regulators in the USA, Japan, China, and Europe. I have connected with other collaborators including PhUSE, TransCelerate BioPharma, C-Path, HL7, and Enterprise Vocabulary Services of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI).
CDISC is in the midst of sustainable change. While CDISC Standards are effective and mature, we have several areas where we need to improve. Research and technology change rapidly, so CDISC must become more nimble, responding to current circumstances and ready for the future. With the input of this global community, our team and I have established five broad goals for CDISC now and moving into the coming year.
I thank everyone in our community for making me feel welcome in 2017. I look forward to working with each of you in 2018.
Best wishes to each of you for a happy, healthful, and prosperous New Year!