The volume of data produced when implementing medical imaging in the Pharmaceutical industry is huge.  With applications in drug discovery & development along with clinical trials, data retention policies also mean this data can need to be stored for many years, in accordance with regulatory guidelines.  This can present a huge problem to those generating and storing the data.  Settling on an efficient data management system can be the key to minimising these difficulties for those involved. 

The issues surrounding the storage, management and retention of data in the pharmaceutical industry are huge.  With medical imaging applications generating a large volume of such data this masterclass aims to address ways of tackling these issues using case studies and the experiences of those working in this area.

Key Objectives:

  • UNDERSTAND the requirements for data management
  • LEARN from those successfully implementing data management strategies
  • DISCOVER ways to improve your current data management strategy
  • MAXIMISE efficiency by employing the most effective approach

About your Master Class Leader:

Omer Casher has been with GSK for 8 years and is based at the Clinical Imaging Centre (CIC) at Hammersmith hospital. At the CIC, he managed the implementation of the complete IT infrastructure, including a Siemens PACS/RIS solution and is currently focusing on Medical Image Informatics and Laboratory Automation activities. Prior to moving to the CIC, he worked as a Project Manager and Information Architect in Discovery IT where he was instrumental in the deployment of the Electronic Laboratory Notebook and an Experimental Protocol Management system into production. Before joining GSK, Omer was a Product Manager at MSI (now Accelrys). Additional professional interests include the Semantic Web, Electronic Publishing and Data Integration. In his spare time Omer is completing his PhD thesis entitled "Internet based Molecular Collaborative and Publishing Tools" under Prof. Henry Rzepa at Imperial College. With Prof. Rzepa, he recently published an article in J. Chem. Inf. Model. entitled "SemanticEye: A Semantic Web Application to Rationalize and Enhance Chemical Electronic Publishing".

Masterclass programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Welcome and Introduction

9:40 Data Management Workflow

10:10 DICOM Standard

10:40 Metadata

11:10 Morning Coffee

11:30 Architechture, Integration and Future Proofing

12:00 Data Management IT Systems

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Regulatory Requirements for Data Management

14:00 Being Prepared for Audits

14:30 Discussion - Current Strategies in Your Company

15:10 Afternoon Tea

15:40 Case Study

16:10 Q & A

16:30 Close of Master Class


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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London SW1E 6AF
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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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