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About the organisation:

MedImmune was established in 2007 as the global biologics business for AstraZeneca, and has one of the most robust pipelines in the biopharmaceutical industry. 

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about history of studies in COPD subjects have used pulmonary function (FEV1) as end-point
  • Analyse current trends that focus on reducing acute exacerbations and or improvements of quality of life
  • Discuss new end-points, if validated or if clinically meaningful that are being considered 
  • Focus on new end-points and study designs in COPD to establish Proof of Concept in drug development


Where does the event take place?

This Workshop will take place in central London, UK



What is this event about?

The workshop will evaluate past proof of concept trials in COPD, their pitfalls & leanings. An overview of challenge models will be discussed as means to provide a faster proof of concept trial in COPD. The case study will allow teams to design a clinical trial to obtain confidence in moving forward with product development. Teams will each discuss the study design that will best suite the mechanism of action of the drug.



Who is leading this event?

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune. 

Rene van der Merwe is South African trained physician who has held various positions in the pharmaceutical industry including leading the medical department and being Principal Investigator at a Phase I CRO, at the time an affiliate of Serono and Director roles in GlaxoSmithKline in Neurosciences and Auto-inflammation.

Her current position is Director of Clinical Development Respiratory and Auto-inflammation at MedImmune, the biologics arm of Astra Zeneca.



Who should attend this event?

Industry professionals in positions such as:

  •  Chief Medical Officer
  •  Chief Scientist
  •  Clinical Pharmacologist
  •  Senior Medical Adviser
  •  Managing Director
  •  Director of Medical Affairs
  •  Clinical Trial Project Manager
  •  Principal Scientist
  •  R&D Project Leader
  •  Head of Respiratory Pharmacology
  •  Managing Director  


Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Introduction

René van der Merwe

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune

14:10 Proof of Concept Trials in COPD - an Overview

René van der Merwe

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Challenge models in COPD - an Overview

René van der Merwe

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune

16:15 Case Studies

René van der Merwe

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune

17:00 Feedback & closing remarks

René van der Merwe

René van der Merwe, Director - Clinical Development, Respiratory and Inflammation, MedImmune


The Grange Holborn Hotel

50-60 Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AR
United Kingdom

The Grange Holborn Hotel



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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