Global Clinical Trial Supply: Learning from Eyjafjallajökull, Tohoku and Fukushima Daiichi

Steve Jacobs

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The IQPC Clinical Trial Supply Europe Conference is almost here. This years meeting in Basel, on the 1-3 of Feb, promises to be another valuable learning opportunity.  Last years meeting in Rotterdam was rich with practical ideas, information, networking and good times.

What I enjoyed most about last year's conference were the people I met who were willing to share their experiences so that I could learn from them and avoid mistakes and delays in my day to day operations. The presentations on temperature controlled packaging solutions, along with practical ideas on how to develop a more collaborative and positive relationship between vendor and sponsor companies and ways to benchmark performance to rapidly identified issues and areas to improve was extremely valuable. Adding to that knowledge base was a presentation on how to build clinical supplies high performing teams that allow people to bring their talent to bear and execute on complex supply strategies, with very short timelines and limited budgets.  finally, the other thing I loved about the conference last year was that I found an amazing restaurant in Rotterdam that paired the food you got with the wine you selected. The meals I had their with colleagues, and the colorful conversations, were wonderful.
This year I am excited to be attending the conference as the topics are current and the case studies, solutions discussed, and tools to use will be of tremendous value to myself and all the attendees.  The topics I am looking forward to (just to name a few) as I am always learning new things will be: pooling of supplies for global studies, how to better plan and forecast supply chain needs, and just in time labeling tactics that QA supports. On top of that, with the amazing catastrophes and disasters we've experienced, in just the last few years (the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, the magnitude 9 earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami in Japan, followed by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damage and resulting radioactivity leak), I am really looking forward to the presentation on how to develop natural disaster supply chain strategies so my clinical supplies deliveries remain uninterrupted and on time

Finally I am looking forward to seeing colleagues from last year, making new acquaintances this year, and experiencing the delectable food and drink the Basel area has to offer each night, in the company of friends.  I look forward to seeing you there.