In association with Cytel Inc

About the workshop

This half-day workshop will cover the latest techniques and software for accurate planning and successful execution of adaptive trials.
Join noted adaptive trial expert Yannis Jemiai for an in-depth look at the most effective approaches for planning and efficient implementation of adaptive trials.

In a wide-ranging format, Yannis will review current international regulatory attitudes, while also revealing methods and software specifically for planning and successfully running adaptive trials.

Actual early and confirmatory adaptive trial case studies will help illustrate how to overcome the challenges, and take full advantage of today's era of adaptive development.

Planning: how do you know you have a good design?

  • Asking the right development questions - how to avoid racing towards the wrong answer
  • The role of simulations during the design phase
  • Assessing options and determining the best design
  • Assessing the impact on the clinical development strategy
  • Working with colleagues - preparing internally for success
  • Working with regulators

Implementation: are you fully prepared to implement adaptive changes?

  • The role of simulation during the execution phase
  • Supply forecasting and cost analysis
  • Forecasting site accrual rates
  • Interim analysis - who sees what and when?
  • Protecting trial integrity
  • Implementing the recommended changes
  • New adaptive randomisation schemes
  • Final study data analysis considerations

About the host

 Yannis Jemiai

Yannis Jemiai, Associate Director of Biostatistics, Cytel Inc

Yannis has trained hundreds of statisticians and clinicians with Cytel, also consulting on early, confirmatory and seamless adaptive designs, survival studies, and trial data analysis strategies.

Yannis also oversees the progression of East®, Cytel's widely used adaptive and group-sequential design software.  He is also responsible for the development of the recently introduced SiZ® software for fixed sample trial design simulation and analysis.

Yannis is often invited to speak on innovative adaptive trial techniques and his own research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed statistical journals. Yannis earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.P.H. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology also from Harvard.

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Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and coffee

14:00 Welcome and introductions

14:10 Planning: how do you know you have a good design?

15:10 Afternoon tea

15:30 Implementation: are you fully prepared to implement adaptive changes?

16:30 Discussion session

17:00 Close of workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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