Pharma Manager Series – Clinical Trials

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Date Wednesday, December 6th , 2023
Time 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Clinical trials form an essential part of a drug development program for any new medicines.  They are also fraught with very particular challenges:  the burden for patients participating in clinical trials, the time and number of patients required to complete all the phases of drug development, the high risks and costs of failure at each phase, along with regulatory restrictions and interpretations, make them notoriously difficult to bring to a successful conclusion. 
Add to this the small patient groups in Ireland and it’s easy to see why we’re not currently at the forefront of clinical trials.   Join us for a webinar on 6th December to hear from two people who are working hard to change this! 

Gwynne Morley, General Manager with IQVIA will give a landscape overview, some trends from clinical trials and how Ireland can position itself as a country of choice for clinical trials.  Joining Gwynne will be Dr Larry Bacon, Consultant Haematologist with St James’ Hospital.  Larry is also leading a ground breaking CAR-T trial.  This multicentre global study is seeking to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CAR-T as a frontline therapy in people newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

This webinar will be essential for anyone with an interest in clinical trials, how the landscape is evolving, the future of cancer treatments – and indeed drug development in general. 
As this is a webinar, it will be recorded and will be available to those registered even if you are unable to join the live webinar. 



Dr Larry Bacon, Consultant Haematologist, St. James’ Hospital, Dublin

Dr Bacon is a clinical and laboratory haematologist in St James’s Hospital with specialist interest in lymphoma, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and bone marrow transplantation (BMT). He is also the National Clinical Lead on CAR T cell immunotherapy in Ireland. A ground-breaking form of treatment that trains the body’s immune system to fight cancer for itself. Until recently, this treatment was only available overseas, Larry and his team at St James’ were a pivotal part of bringing it to Ireland.

Gwynne Morley, General Manager, IQVIA

Gwynne currently leads the Irish IQVIA team.  She is the former Director of Heart & Vascular, Diabetes & Emergency Department at the Mater Private Hospital and former Managing Director at Uniphar Retail Services division. She has extensive experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, from the manufacturer to the patient. Previously she worked for United Drug Group (UDG) Healthcare for 13 years where she was a member of the Senior Executive team. During her tenure with UDG, she held a number of senior roles namely in pre-wholesale, consumer, homecare and quality. Prior to joining UDG, she held management positions within the Crowley Retail Pharmacy Chain and held a multifunctional role within the medical department of Zeneca Pharma, Ireland.
Gwynne is a pharmacy graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.


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Date: 06/12/2023