The ‘Signature Series’

The ‘Signature Series’ at ACRP 2019 will inspire, motivate, and prepare you for the future of clinical research. This year’s lineup includes thought leaders, regulatory officials, and extraordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles.

Evolution of the Clinical Research Workforce for the Future

Join our expert panel to understand the evolution of roles supporting clinical trials. Gain unique insight into key initiatives underway to shape tomorrow’s workforce, and learn how new advances in operationalizing technology, data, and workflow processes will require new skills and competencies.

Saturday, April 13 — 8:00-9:00am

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Andy Lee, SVP, Head of Global Clinical Trial Operations at Merck

Andy Lee, SVP, Head of Global Clinical Trial Operations at Merck


Kristin Smedley, Founder, Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation

Kristin Smedley, Founder, Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation

Set Extraordinary Expectations

Kristin Smedley is proof that a change in perception can drive one person to impact an entire field. Eighteen years ago Kristin was on course to achieve her dream: Teacher of the Year. However, fate had an unanticipated outcome for her destiny. Her two sons were diagnosed soon after birth with a rare blindness.

Saturday, April 13 — 2:00-3:00pm

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Dr. Fred Johnson, CEO & Founder of InitiativeOne

Dr. Fred Johnson, CEO & Founder of InitiativeOne

The Reality of Change Leadership

What would happen if you transformed your view on change? What if you learned how to master positive change and lead others through the process? The impact of this transformation will surprise you.

Sunday, April 14 — 8:00-9:00am

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State of the Industry

Join Kenneth A. Getz, MBA, Director of Sponsored Research Programs & Research Associate Professor, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, as he examines the forces shaping the current and future state of the clinical research industry. Explore the individual dynamics of technology, process, and workforce on the industry and their effect on each other. 

Sunday, April 14 — 2:00-3:00pm

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Director of Sponsored Programs, Associate Professor, CSDD, Tufts University

Director of Sponsored Programs, Associate Professor, CSDD, Tufts University


Jamie Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Parexel International

Jamie Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Parexel International

The Future of Clinical Research: Where We Are Heading and What It Means to You

Get a multi-stakeholder view into the future of clinical research. Featuring panelists from:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc.

  • Parexel International

  • PCRS Network, LLC

Monday, April 15 — 8:00-9:00am

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