Attendees were able to choose between two tracks:
- The Research Forum spotlighted innovations that can make clinical trials faster, more efficient and more compliant, and showcased the available resources in Georgia that facilitate effective clinical research initiatives.
- The Best Practices track, which provided CMEs, introduced those new to research to best practices while providing experienced PIs with a refresher on legal liabilities and compliance.
“We had over 200 people register for the Conference, which is terrific for our first year,” said David Hartnett, Vice President, Economic Development, Bioscience-Health IT Industry, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Based on the feedback we received from attendees, we’re already working on next year’s Conference. The Conference provided valuable information for those involved with research, while also raising national awareness of Georgia as a highly desirable site to conduct clinical trials. Clinical trials not only bring more money and jobs into the state, but provides Georgians with access to new treatments for disease.”
“Conducting clinical research is a way for physicians and healthcare institutions to provide patients with new treatments and participate in the important work of bringing discoveries to market,” said Robert E. Powers, M.Div., Ph.D., director of bioscience at Gwinnett Tech and co-chair of the Program Committee for the Clinical Trials in Georgia Conference. “Also, as shrinking reimbursement and rising costs negatively impact healthcare providers’ income, conducting clinical trials offers a way to generate additional revenue.”