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September 1, 2015
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Americas: Secrets of a Successful Investigator Meeting


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By Loretta Jurnak

The importance of investigator meetings cannot be overstated. The success—or failure—of these meetings directly affects a pharmaceutical company’s ability to collect accurate data that clearly indicate the safety and efficacy of a drug. They also tend to be pretty boring. Here are some ways you can make them more engaging—and more effective.

Anatomy of a Typical Investigator Meeting
Investigator meetings are essential to new drug development: They introduce the researchers to each other, introduce the study to the researchers, and provide training to physicians and coordinators on how to conduct the study. The program content should provide the participants with a good understanding of the protocol: inclusion/exclusion criteria, procedures related to each visit, adverse-event reporting, lab procedures, and recruitment strategies.  

Typically the meeting content is split into two parts: protocol and data collection. The group as a whole is introduced to the sponsor’s critical staff, who present medical reviews of the drug, the results of its previous trials, and the protocol’s objectives.

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