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2018 Executive Sponsors


2018 Associate Sponsors

Aces Health
Elligo Health Research
GlobalCare Clinical Trials
Hawthorne Effect
Medpoint Digital
Quotient Sciences
Target Health

2018 Supporting Sponsors


2018 Exhibiting Companies

BBK Worldwide
DataArt Solutions

2018 Supporting Partners

Patient Empowerment Network PEN

2018 Media Partners

BioPharm Insight
Life Science Leader
SciDoc Publishers
Technology Networks

The Conference Forum is excited to present the 8th annual DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials conference, with a full day dedicated to Mobile in Clinical Trials on Monday September 24. Mark your calendars, DPharm 2018 will take place, September 25-26 in Boston. We are dedicated to presenting the annual event that the life science industry can rely on for the latest thinking in clinical trials for 21st century drug development.

The Most Advanced Conference on Challenging New Ideas for Clinical Trials


2018 Co-Chairs

Sylke Poehling, PhD SVP & Global Head, Strategy, Portfolio & Clinical Operations, Roche

Andreas Koester, MD, PhD, VP and Global Head, Janssen Clinical Innovation, Janssen

Craig Lipset, MBA Head of Clinical Innovation, Research & Development, Pfizer


Patient Disrupter: Dana Lewis Patient Disrupter: Dr Sharonne Hayes

Testimonial Craig Lipset

DPharm History

It was a daunting task to develop the first industry forum on thinking radically differently about the way we perform clinical trials, but the result was this conference. The event was launched in September 2011 with 125 disruptive thinkers and change makers eager to discuss current solutions in clinical development, propose innovative changes, and commit to testing and sharing the results in order to transform drug development and the industry.

The first DPharm addressed virtual clinical trial models, adaptive design thinking, the role of EHRs in clinical data, open source, telemedicine, and self-reported patient data among many other ideas. I remember Dr Tomasz Sablinski, Founder, Transparency Life Sciences saying it was the first event he had attended in a long time where he did not leave feeling depressed.

By the time the 2nd annual DPharm program took place, the concept of applying disruptive thinking to clinical development had taken root, with many attendees bearing titles with clinical innovation in them. Fast forward to 2018, the 8th annual program is the year of patient data ownership, all things digital, and new approaches to optimize clinical systems to drive greater efficiencies, while reducing the burden to the patients and sites.  


Radical Thinkers are Especially Welcome

  • DPharm is a TED-style event showcasing innovations from leading Pharma R&D practitioners and from other industries.
  • DPharm underscores the promise and challenge of innovation in advancing drug development.
  • DPharm features new models and collaborations to get therapeutics to patients faster.
  • DPharm features the full spectrum of clinical research options and utilizes insights more appropriately.
  • DPharm is dedicated to challenging creative solutions and finding a way to implement them.
  • DPharm explores to whom companies are being disruptive and to gain a better understanding of the impact on clinical trials.

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DPharm was accredited by Patients Included in 2017 and addressed ultimately what will engage and serve our patients best in clinical research. More specifically:

  • Patient keynote highlighting the topic of service
  • “Ask the Patient” Program
  • Several sessions dedicated to patient participation and engagement, including the ADAPTALE study from PCORnet
  • Patient disrupting sessions led by patients
  • The latest on technologies/apps to help patients in clinical research, including ambient technologies
  • Dedicated workshop on co-design to create solutions to assist clinical research participants

You are welcome to contact us at to share your thoughts and ideas for the 2018 event.


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Valerie Bowling
Executive Director

Meredith Sands
Executive Director, Business Development

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Jennifer Moran
Production Assistant

Elizabeth Bard B&W-47

Elizabeth Bard
Business Development Manager


Meg Gould
Conference Planner


Kim Chin
Marketing Director

Allyson Adams
Marketing Manager

Terri Sobol
Business Development Manager


  • "Really great presentations (almost Ted-talk like set up); enjoyed the information sharing and inspirational patient speakers (also great that there were patients/advocates attending as well)."

    - Danielle DeVico, Biogen

  • "Patient Keynote was very touching. I liked the richness of the content. Greatly produced."

    - Hassan Kadhim, Boehringer-Ingelheim

  • "DPharm is the go to place to connect with innovators in pharma research."

    - Joe Kim, Eli Lilly

  • "An informative meeting with great networking. I like the style of presentations, the cutting edge presentations and opening with inspirational stories."

    - Megan McBride, Janssen

  • "Thanks for making it happen again. Great event, growing attendance, and more importantly increasing quality."

    - Tomasz Sablinski, MD, PhD, Transparency Life Sciences

  • "Unencumbered access to some incredibly brilliant minds, brought together by the obvious enjoyment they have in collaborating. I found the event quite inclusive. Thank you for making this a valuable learning experience."

    - Marilyn Pratt, Medidata

  • "Congratulations on a very successful conference."

    - Chandra Ramanathan, Bayer HealthCare, LLC

  • "Thank you! It was usual!"

    - Solomon Babani, BioPharma Solutions

  • "What an amazing meeting. So impressed!"

    - John Brownstein, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital

  • "Thank you for putting together such a great event. It was a pleasure working with each of you.It was a great experience."

    - Amy Ripston, 4G Clinical

  • "Thanks and congrats again for a great DPharm2016, proud to have been part of this years edition."

    - Bert Hartog, Janssen

  • "Thank you for making DPharm a valuable learning experience."

    - Marilyn Pratt, Medidata Solutions

  • "Dpharm was a must attend event for those looking at embedding Systemic Thinking and disruptive innovation into their work models."

    - Michelle Shogren, Bayer

  • "I love coming back to DPharm as the 2014 edition changed my life. It was my first time at DPharm and prior to my attendance, I was working on innovation related to the way we design clinical trials. I recall being absolutely amazed by the spirit of collaboration. After the conference was over, I spent my Saturday connecting with speakers and attendees on Linkedin, thinking: I want to be part of this community! Two years later, my dream came true...I come back to find respected colleagues that became friends and collaborations, to exchange ideas and learn from each other!"

    - Attendee, DPharm 2016