In association with Tessella

About the workshop

Workshop delegates will learn about the practical lessons learnt in the key stages of designing an adaptive clinical trial.  For each of the key stages in the design process (evaluation, comparison and optimisation), delegates will be given hands on experience in the design of a trial.  The workshop will concentrate on phase II designs and compare design issues such as:

  • Response modelling of the endpoint - is a model worthwhile, what models can be considered?
  • What adaptations you should consider during the trial: adaptive allocation, arm dropping, early stopping, none?
  • Longitudinal modelling
  • How to compare fixed and adaptive designs
  • How to optimise the design

About the host

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Tom Parke, Head, Clinical Trial Solutions, Tessella

Tom has been working at Tessella for over ten years, during which he has been working on adaptive clinical trial projects, particularly with Dr Mike Krams and Don and Scott Berry.  Tom has now helped implement a number of adaptive phase II dose-finding trials for a range of pharmaceutical companies across a range of indications.  For these trials, he has managed the development of simulation tools, systems to support the running of the trials and the integration of adaptive algotrithms with existing IVRS and EDC systems.

He is currently leading projects within Tessella to industrialise their support for adaptive trials and is consulting with a number of companies to help them define the software systems they require to move adaptive clinical trials into their mainstream activities.

Before working at Tessella, Tom worked at Praxis (part of Deloitte & Touche), most notably managing projects for part of the air trafiic control system at Heathrow Airport, and control software for imaging systems for GE Medical Systems and Varian Oncology.  Tom originally learned his software trade at inmos (now part of SGS Thomson), and Imperial Software Technology, developing compilers, operating systems and real-time kernels and using formal methods

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 About the organisation

For over 25 years, Tessella has worked with some of the biggest names in the pharmaceuitcal industry.  We help clients address a wide range of business goals, including improving efficiency and productivity in drug discovery, delivering the business benefits of translational medicine, and faster more effective clinical trials.  What makes our technoloy and consulting services effective is our understanding of both the sci=ence and informatics of pharmaceutical R&D, as well as unique software assts and intellectualy property that reduce project risk, cost and time.  With offices in Europe and North America, global companies rely on Tessella for business critical assignments.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:10 Overview

9:50 Evaluating

10:30 Morning tea

10:50 Comparing and optimising adaptive clinical trials

11:30 Discussion session

12:00 Close of workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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