Clinical Operations Conferences Roundup: 37 Events that Are Happening in 2021 [UPDATED]

by Molly Bryant Jul 22 , 2021 32 min read

Updated 22 July 2021.

2020 completely rocked the schedule of clinical operations conferences by the efforts to stave off the spread of COVID-19. Nearly every conference went virtual. Now with a vaccine on the horizon, we are all hoping to have at least some face to face clinical trial conferences in 2021.

Most events are still virtual, at least in the early part of 2021. To help you keep track, the ArcheMedX team put together this handy roundup of the top events we have on our annual calendar, along with some specific details to help you find that perfect clinical operations meeting for the upcoming year.

September Events

Event: Clinical Trials in Rare Diseases

Dates: Sept. 14 
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free!

Relevant topics: Rare disease research and clinical trials

As the title suggests, this is not a general clinical operations conference. A lot of the usual topics are covered, from decentralized clinical trials to patient recruitment to COVID-19, but every session is specific to rare disease. There will be a heavy session load from sponsors, though, with nearly every other session time taken up by sponsor sessions.

Event: Clinical Trial Impact Summit

Dates: Sept. 14-16 
Location: Virtual
Cost: $595

Relevant topics: Decentralized trials, technology improvements, patient enrollment & experience, risk-based quality management, global clinical trial data disclosure, quality-by-design, digital clinical development, trial innovation

This event looks interesting, but the website is poorly executed. It’s difficult to understand if the dates are September as advertised, or in February (noted through the registration link). If it’s really happening, it looks like you can expect a focus on technology-enabled clinical trials, like decentralized trials. However, you should probably reach out to them directly to get the real story before you register.

Event: Biotech Week Boston

Dates: Sept. 20-30 
Location: Hybrid Event! Virtual + Boston, MA, USA
Cost: Starting at $895 Early Bird Pricing

Relevant topics: Drug development, Manufacturing strategy & bioprocessing, Biopharma alliance trends, Biopharma M&A trends, AI’s potential role in the revolution of drug discovery, Machine learning

With Boston the epicenter of the life sciences industry, this event’s location is likely borne out of convenience rather than a focus on the local community’s interests. After a virtual event in 2020, the 2021 Biotech Week Boston is a hybrid event, hosted over 10 days in both the city and online. It’s sure to be comprehensive, bringing thought leaders, experts, and startups from discovery, financing, event planning, manufacturing, and clinical trials. Make sure you choose the right event for you. If you’re looking for clinical operations conferences, check out the track for BioPharm, held on 20-23 Sept.

Event: SOCRA Annual Conference

Dates: Sept. 22-25
Location: Virtual
Cost: $525 for non-members includes an annual SOCRA membership

Relevant topics: Site efficiency and effectiveness, Centralized monitoring, Remote monitoring, Regulatory and quality parameters of electronic data records, e-consent, IRB approval

Touting over 1,000+ attendees, SOCRA annual draws investigators, research coordinators, research associates, project managers, consultants, educators, and administrators from across the life sciences industry. There are some great, specific tracks servicing topics like pediatrics, oncology, and behavioral health, as well as broad topics like Site Management and Training. Plus, there are a number of pre-conference workshops available to extend your learning. 

Event: SCDM 2021 Virtual Conference

Dates: Sept. 26-29
Location: Virtual
Cost: $695 for members, $795 for non-members, and group rates available

Relevant topics: AI and machine learning, Data management, Clinical site immersion, Risk based quality monitoring, Patient safety

The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) makes it clear that this is a very focused event, designed to educate and advocate for the data scientists and data managers of our industry. Since it’s virtual, and with a (relatively) low cost to attend, this could be a great upskilling opportunity for anyone interested in becoming more knowledgeable about data management, the future of AI in clinical research, or emerging data management trends.

Event: DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials

Dates: Sept. 28-29
Location: Hybrid event! Boston, MA & Virtual
Cost: Early bird rates start at $600 (virtual) and $1795 (in-person)

Relevant topics: Real world data, Clinical trial readiness, Patient data access and ownership, Digital biomarkers, Modernizing clinical endpoints, Protocol simulation, Big data & AI, Patient-centered trials

Pfizer and Janssen started DPHARM, and are still part of the steering committee. It’s no wonder then that the past speaker list features some of the industry’s heavy hitters; J&J, BMS, Merck, and many others have made an appearance in the past. We expect reasonable attendance from mid-to-large pharma, biotech (all sizes), CROs and sites.

October Events

Event: Global Site Solutions Summit

Dates: Oct. 1-3
Location: Hollywood, FL, USA
Cost: Members – $1298, Non-members – $1598

Relevant topics: Site to industry productivity, Process and communication, Business development, Patient recruitment, Social media, Contracts & budgets and Clinical technology

Produced by SCRS (Society for Clinical Research Sites), past attendees to the Global Site Solutions Summit give this event rave reviews. Heavily skewed to the sites, this is a great event for sponsors or CROs that need to network or engage more directly with site leaders. With a mix of debates, sessions, workshops, and focus groups, you will have a diverse set of opportunities to engage with site personnel and leadership.

Event: MAGI’s Clinical Research vConference

Dates: Oct. 18-28
Location: Virtual
Cost: Pricing is a bit confusing, but seems to start at $295

Relevant topics: clinical operations, quality & risk management; site management; contracts; budgets & billing; regulatory compliance; management & professional skills

A favorite in the industry, MAGI has put together a ten day agenda, intended for attendee flexibility. About half of MAGI attendees have leadership roles like CEO, vice president, or director. About three-quarters have eight or more years of clinical research experience. With over 50 sessions, and a thorough online catalog, you will likely find some great content opportunities.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (Pacific Northwest)

Dates: Oct. 20-21
Location: Seattle, WA
Cost: As high as $499, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the Pacific Northwest edition will be a face to face event, unlike many of the others – and enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (Nordics)

Dates: Oct. 26-27
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Cost: As high as £350, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the Nordics edition will be a face to face event, unlike many of the others – and enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

November Events

Event: Clinical Trials Europe

Dates: Nov. 2-4
Location: Nice, France
Cost: Free for sponsors, £1799 for CROs

Relevant topics: Partnerships and outsourcing, operations, clinical trials technology, innovation

Clinical Trials Europe brings together clinical industry stakeholders to share experiences, benchmark strategies and discover new ideas. Last year this event was virtual, and focused heavily on COVID’s impact to clinical development. 

Event: Clinical Trials Summit

Dates: Nov. 3-4
Location: Madrid, Spain
Cost: TBD

Relevant topics: Trial management, including Patient recruitment and retention, Patient engagement, Site selection, Study start-up, Data Analytics, Integrating Data and Tech into Clinical Trials, Risk-Based Monitoring

Advertised as hosting only around 80 attendees, and with a focus on senior leadership, this event requires some vetting to allow you in. The summit places a heavy emphasis on networking and collaboration, highlighting more than 12 networking hours and an executive lunch. 

Event: Collaborating for Novel Solutions (CNS) Summit 2020

Dates: Nov. 7-10
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Cost: Starting at $2195

Relevant topics: Clinical development, Digital Biomarkers, Artificial intelligence, Digital therapeutics, Real world evidence, Decentralized clinical trials, Ecosystem Financial Viability, Neuroscience, Regulatory Issues, AR/VR/XR, Voice as an Endpoint

One of the few clinical operations conferences offering year round events as part of your registration, CNS Summit is a well-known and well-attended event. CNS usually brings 750+ clinical development leaders from small, mid-size, and big pharma, CRO’s and service companies, technology companies, and research sites. But some things have changed – the event has moved this year to Boston, instead of Boca Raton. They also now require you to “Apply” to attend in order to balance attendance. 

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (New England)

Dates: Nov. 9-10
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Cost: TBD, but likely free for clinical trial sponsors

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

OCT returns to Boston for another one of its regional clinical trials conferences. They tout the aim of promoting successful collaboration among the clinical trials community. The agenda is forthcoming, and so are registration details.

Event: Pharmaceutical Research & Innovations in Pharma Industry

Dates: Nov. 12-13
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cost: €454 Early bird pricing

Relevant topics: Clinical study designs, clinical trials, CRO/sponsor clinical trials, outsourcing, clinical and medical case reports

This may be the broadest-reaching conference on this list that includes clinical operations topics. There are 22 different tracks, with one dedicated to clinical trials. If you’re looking for a clinical operations conference that has it all – or if you wear hats across the entire drug development lifecycle, this event could be a good fit. If not, it may be too broad to offer strong clinical content.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (DACH)

Dates: Nov. 24-25
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Cost: As high as £350, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the DACH edition will be a face to face event, and enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

Event: Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials Europe

Dates: Nov. 24-25
Location: Munich, Germany
Cost: As high as $299, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Data science, AI and data analytics, Oncology trial lifecycle, Digital solutions, Patient safety and compliance

Unlike many of the other events we attend, this one is not produced by an industry publication. Industry juggernauts like Novartis Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novocure, and Janssen are on the speakers list. This event seeks to uncover how our industry is coping with changes in regulations, explore new opportunities through adaptive approaches and methods to run successful clinical trials. 

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (East Asia)

Dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Cost: As high as £350, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

OCT Southeast Asia is a clinical trials conference that will be in-person this year. Co-located with Clinical Trial Supply East Asia, the event aims to enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the three days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

December Events

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (Southern California)

Dates: Dec. 7-8
Location: San Diego, CA
Cost: As high as $499, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the southern California edition will be a face to face event, unlike the others – and enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (UK & Ireland)

Dates: Dec. 8-9
Location: London, UK
Cost: As high as £1000, but free for clinical trial sponsors

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Yet another of OCT’s regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, this time in the UK. Big name attendees include GSK, Biogen and MHRA, and they’ve taken a slant towards sponsor-CRO relationships in this agenda. 

Event: 5th Virtual Clinical Trials

Dates: Dec. 15-16
Location: Virtual
Cost: £1096 Super early bird

Relevant topics: Virtual clinical trials

There is little information about the agenda online, but it appears that this is a focused virtual clinical trials conference. Emphasizing that attendees need to reimagine their entire clinical approach to accommodate clinical trials, you should expect specific tracks all about digital trials. 

Upcoming 2022 Clinical Operations Conferences

April

Event: SCOPE Europe

Dates: Apr. 20-21
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Cost: €1599 until Aug. 27

Relevant topics: Protocol development, Feasibility and site selection, Study start-up, Clinical data innovation, Digital endpoints, Real world data, Patient engagement, Enrollment modeling, Enrollment and retention

SCOPE Europe is a smaller, newer version of the well-known and well-attended SCOPE Summit, usually held in Orlando. Expect to join clinical operations leaders & clinical research innovators from pharma, biotech and academia focusing on why trials succeed and why they fail, as well as budgeting, measurement, and outsourcing. Plus, any clinical operations conference in beautiful Barcelona is one to check out!

Past 2021 Clinical Operations Conferences

January Events

Event: Fierce JPM Week

Dates: Jan. 11-13
Location: Virtual
Cost: Members – $199 through 31 Dec., $399 after. Non-members – $249 through 31 Dec., $474 after.

Relevant topics: J.P. Morgan Healthcare topics, leadership

Every January, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference sets the tone for the year to come. This year, the meeting’s virtual, so Fierce Life Sciences is bringing you a virtual free event, too. They advertise a program that goes beyond the panel discussions they’re known for. Using CEO interviews, daily news recaps, and virtual roundtables, they plan to explore biopharma’s ongoing work to combat COVID-19.

Event: ACRP 2022

Dates: Jan. 12-14
Location: Virtual
Cost: Members – $199 through 31 Dec., $399 after. Non-members – $249 through 31 Dec., $474 after.

Relevant topics: Innovation, operational efficiencies, regulatory compliance

ACRP is taking an interesting position to their 2021 event and making it an all-access pass for year round learning. Kicking off with an event in January focused on innovation in the time of the pandemic, there will be three days of learning and vendor interactions. Further follow-on events are scheduled for May and September with specific focus areas for each. One fee for the year gives you entry to all the scheduled events including ACRP Contact Hours.

February Events

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (West Coast)

Dates: Feb. 24-25
Location: Virtual
Cost: As high as $499, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the west coast edition will enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

March Events

Event: SCOPE Summit

Dates: Mar. 2-4
Location: Virtual
Cost: $999 until Dec. 18, $1499 after that date

Relevant topics: Protocol development, Feasibility and site selection, Study start-up, Clinical data innovation, Digital endpoints, Real world data, Patient engagement, Enrollment modeling, Enrollment and retention

Cambridge Healthtech, the producer of this event, is a major thought leader in our industry and produces some of the best-attended events in life science. After moving nearly all of their events to virtual in 2020, CHI will continue that trend with SCOPE Summit 2021. Expect to join clinical operations leaders & clinical research innovators from pharma, biotech and academia focusing on why trials succeed and why they fail, as well as budgeting, measurement, and outsourcing.

Event: DIA Europe

Dates: March 15-19
Location: Virtual
Cost: Members – €1612,50 if you choose to share your contact information with vendors; €2150 if you don’t. Non-members – €773,75 if you choose to share your contact information with vendors; €2365 if you don’t.

Relevant topics: Clinical safety, Early phase clinical research, Patient engagement

Traditionally billed as the intersection of science, healthcare, and regulation, DIA Europe is a strong opportunity alongside the later DIA events. Continuing the trend of virtual events, this hallmark of the pharmaceutical industry calendar made the call to go virtual for 2021. Interestingly, they’re offering a large discount if you choose to share your contact information with vendors – 25% off of your ticket price.

Event: SOCRA FDA Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance and GCP Conference

Dates: March 16-18
Location: Virtual
Cost: Members – $100, Non-members – $175.

Relevant topics: FDA Clinical research requirements, confidence in clinical research, relationships between FDA and clinical trial staff

Designed to facilitate information-sharing among FDA representatives and the regulated community, this event is virtual and scheduled for three days. Expect to focus on the understanding of regulations, guidelines and practices, and to learn suggested methods to enhance your product development experience. 

SOCRA also offers additional clinical trials conferences in March, including those focused on Oncology and Pediatrics. Check them all out here.

Event: Future Trials Forum

Dates: March 18
Location: Virtual
Cost: TBD, but likely free for executives

Relevant topics: Decentralized and virtual clinical trials

This appears to be a new event hosted by the organization that puts on the myriad Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (OCT) events. They’ve billed it as the only event dedicated to bringing delegates together to share best practice and develop solutions for decentralized and virtual trials. You will do so by taking part in up to 3 interactive roundtable discussions, of 10 offered. If you’re a high ranking executive, you can likely attend this event free.

Event: Global Clinical Trials Connect 2021

Dates: March 22-23
Location: London, UK
Cost: £ 750.00 plus £ 150.00 VAT 

Relevant topics: Patient recruitment and site selection, innovative trial designs, patient centricity, pharmacovigilance, risk-based monitoring, outsourcing, clinical trial technology

The first face-to-face event appearing on the calendar for 2021, Clinical Trials Connect intends to focus on the global health and clinical trials around the world. Focused heavily on innovations across the clinical trial lifecycle, expect to gain better knowledge of the implications of clinical trials in prevention, diagnosis, clinical trial-related ethics and disease treatments.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (Southeast)

Dates: March 30-31
Location: Virtual
Cost: As high as $499, but could be free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the southeast edition will enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

April Events

 

May Events

Event: FDA Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance, and GCP Conference

Dates: May 12-13
Location: San Antonio, TX
Cost: Members – $575, Non-members – $650

Relevant topics: FDA Clinical research requirements, Enhancing success through communication and financial incentives, and Assuring confidence in clinical research.

Want real face-to-face time with contacts from the FDA? Do it here. This two-day conference is intended to share information among FDA representatives and the regulated community. Expect a focus on helping you to understand regulations, guidelines and practices, as well as methods and opportunities to enhance your product development experience. This year in particular will be an interesting opportunity to engage with the FDA.

Event: Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting

Dates: May 16-19
Location: Virtual
Cost: TBD

Relevant topics: Clinical trial design, Recruitment, Outcomes, Trial management, Trials in crisis

Bringing together a broad swath of the community, this event aims to attract professionals from academia, the pharmaceutical and device industries, government agencies, medical groups and centers, and clinical research entities. Originally scheduled for May in Chicago (but recently moved to a virtual event), this conference features a theme focused on advancing rigorous and ethical trials in the pandemic era.

Event: Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (East coast)

Dates: May 25-26
Location: Virtual
Cost: As high as $499, but free for executives

Relevant topics: Clinical supplies, patient centricity, operational challenges

Part of a regional series of outsourcing in clinical trials events, the east coast edition will enable clinical operations professionals to share knowledge and brainstorm solutions to issues regarding clinical trial outsourcing. Throughout the two days, attendees will enjoy a program of case-study presentations, interactive panel discussions, prize draws and networking opportunities which will enable the audience to discover practical takeaways.

June Events

Event: Clinical Trials Digital Week

Dates: June 1-4
Location: Virtual
Cost: FREE!

Relevant topics: Operational challenges, partnerships and outsourcing, clinical trials technology, innovation

This virtual, global 4-day series of live educational webcasts and downloadable resources aims to provide the latest insights for operational challenges and responding to a pandemic. And it appears to be completely free to attend! Other topics include partnerships, outsourcing and operations, technology in clinical trials, and clinical innovation. 

Event: DIA 2020 Virtual Global Annual Meeting

Dates: June 27-July 1
Location: Virtual
Cost: Members –  $1034.25 if you choose to share your contact information with vendors;$1379 if you don’t. Non-members – $1341.75 if you choose to share your contact information with vendors; $1789 if you don’t.

Relevant topics: Clinical safety, Early phase clinical research, Patient engagement

Traditionally billed as the intersection of science, healthcare, and regulation, DIA Global usually hosts everything from patients to regulators – attendees from across the spectrum of the product life cycle. This hallmark of the pharmaceutical industry calendar is virtual again this year. Similar the earlier Europe event, DIA is offering a large discount if you choose to share your contact details with vendors.

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TBD Events 

Event: Clinical Trial Innovation Summit

Dates: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: TBD

Relevant topics: Protocol development, Feasibility and site selection, Study start-up, Clinical data innovation, Digital endpoints, Real world data, Patient engagement, Enrollment modeling, Enrollment and retention

Cambridge Healthtech, the producer of this event, is a major thought leader in our industry and produces some of the best-attended events in life sciences, like SCOPE and Bio-IT World. Expect to join clinical operations leaders & clinical research innovators from pharma, biotech and academia focusing on why trials succeed and why they fail, as well as budgeting, measurement, and outsourcing.

Didn’t find the perfect clinical operations conference for you?

We’ve probably missed a few, and the list of available webinars and resources is growing daily. If you’re especially missing the individual insights that meetings provide, check out our interview series, “Conversations in Clinical Trial Readiness” to get that personal touch.

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