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With clinical trials being a major stumbling block for many otherwise successful potential drugs, the focus is on trial design to ensure rigorous testing.  This workshop aims to look at the unique aspects of clinical trial design in early phase oncology drug development to maximise the efficiency of getting drugs to market.

About your Workshop Hosts:

Eric van der Putten, SMS-oncology

Eric has over 20 years of clinical research experience. Eric studied immunology in The Netherlands. He started his professional career in 1983 as the head of the trial department of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Amsterdam collaborating closely with EORTC Study groups. After leaving the comprehensive cancer center he was involved in project management & execution in various roles related to market research, e-clinical systems and data management (1990 – 2000). Eric joined NDDO Oncology in 2000 where he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. After the acquisition of NDDO Oncology by INC Research in 2005 Eric became Vice-President Oncology Europe for INC Research. In 2007 Eric co-founded SMS-oncology, a specialized early phase oncology CRO based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Eric has been involved in numerous phase I-IV oncology studies across all tumor types and treatment modalities. Eric consults pharmaceutical and biotech companies on oncology drug development on a regular basis. He has published several articles on oncology drug development.

Taoufik Ouatas, Astellas

Taoufik  joined the Exploratory Development Department of Astellas in 2006 as a Senior Scientist, developing Translational Science and Exploratory Medicine tools in infectious diseases and Oncology. His career started as Associate Professor of Physiology at the National Museum for Natural History (Paris, France), where he developed noninvasive gene transfer techniques. He then joined the NCI (NIH, Bethesda) to set-up translational approaches to the understanding and treatment of metastatic breast cancer. He headed the Oncology & Inflammation group for Endotis Pharma (Loos, France), discovering biologics and Oligosaccharides, before joining the Clinical Science Team of Avastin in Roche (Basel, Switzerland) where he was involved in clinical development.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Welcome & Introduction

14:10 Biomarkers in Oncology Trials

14:40 Phase I Trials

15:10 Phase II Trials

15:40 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Alternative Study Designs

16:30 Case Study:

17:00 Questions & Answers

17:20 Close of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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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.

CPD Certificates

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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