A Synexus Symposium exploring the future role of patients in clinical research “2020 VISION: THE FUTURE ROLE OF PATIENTS IN CLINICAL RESEARCH” was held Thursday, 9 November 2017, in Berlin, Germany.

The Symposium focussed on how patients are likely to be engaged in future clinical research. Active participants in this multi-disciplinary, interactive forum included representatives from key relevant areas. Among them Dr. Ingrid Klingmann from the European Forum Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP) and the European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) representative, EFGCP Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Pharmaplex bvba from Belgium; Professor Dr Dieter Felsenberg, Director of the University Ambulance and the Centre of Muscle and Bone Research at Charité Berlin; Jerome Chiaro, Vice President Clinical Site Operations StudyKIK from the United States;  and Julie Power, Founder and Chairperson of Vasculitis Ireland Awareness, a patient support group from Ireland.

The Symposium was opened by Iwona Tongbhoyai, Managing Director, Synexus Clinical Research GmbH and Dr Christophe Berthoux, CEO, Synexus Clinical Research Ltd. Industry stakeholders attending included sponsors, CRO’s, patient organizations, other investigator sites and industry vendors. The day’s discussions focussed on the current and future trends; necessary improvement in clinical research to increase patient access to modern medicine; and their awareness of the importance as well as vast advantages of clinical trials.

This successful and multi-disciplinary Symposium, raises awareness of the importance of patient centric clinical research.