DIA Annual Meeting 2017


At ICON, we are transforming trials to help bring more cost effective medicines and medical devices to market. 

Schedule a meeting with us at DIA to learn more about how we can help you with your upcoming drug development requirements from compound selection through product launch and post-approval. 


Once again, ICON and DIA will be presenting DIA Live, providing real-time insights on key topics at the conference

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Join our Sessions


Leveraging Wearables and Sensors in Clinical Trials and mHealth

Monday 19 June, 11:00 AM

Due to the increased miniaturization of sensors and circuitry, the health and wellness industry is seeing rapid proliferation in the number and diversity of wearables and sensors to provide personal wellness applications. This session explores the implementation of wearables and sensors within clinical trials and mHealth programs.   


Bill Byrom

Bill Byrom
PhD, Sr. Director Product Innovation, ICON

Bill serves as a Senior Director within Product Innovation at ICON, focusing on harnessing new technologies for clinical trials. He has worked in the Pharma industry for over 25 years and is the author of 60+ publications and an industry textbook on electronic Patient Reported Outcomes. Bill contributes to the C-PATH ePRO Consortium and the eClinical Forum. He holds a PhD in disease simulation. Bill can be reached at bill.byrom@iconplc.com and via LinkedIn and Twitter (@billbyrom).

Topics & Speakers

Selection of Wearable Devices and Validation of Health Outcome Assessments Derived from Wearables Data
Bill Byrom, PhD, Senior Director of Product Innovation, and Vice Director of ePRO Consortium, ICON, plc

Challenges of Using Consumer Wearables in Beyond the Pill Programs: A Pharma and Patient Perspective
Chris Watson, PhD, Director of Product Strategy, Exco InTouch

Transitioning Wearables From Pilot Evaluations to Trials and mHealth Programs
Daragh Ryan, eClinical and mHealth Consultant, Cliniphy

Hybrid Study Designs: An Innovative Approach to Obtaining Valuable Information by Combining Exhisting Data with New Data Length

Monday 19 June, 11:00 am

Speakers will share innovative approaches to obtaining valuable information by combining existing data with new data.


Margaret S. Richards, PhD, MPH, Vice President, Data Analytics and Epidemiology, RW Stratey and Analytics, Mapi

ICON Speaker

Mike Minor

Hady Khoury
Vice President, Global Head, Real World Evidence Research Services, ICON 

Hady Khoury, VP and Global Head of Research Services, is a Medicine graduate with over 21 years of clinical research experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Hady has been instrumental in harmonizing and integrating operating models, using centralized site management, global hubs, risk-based and targeted monitoring into all phases of clinical research.

Additional Speakers

Bertrand Le Bourgeois, MSc
Sales and Marketing Director, Medsharing

William Maier, PhD, MPH 
Chief Scientific Officer Head, Patient-Centered Sciences, Mapi

DIA Content Hub

Tuesday 20 June, 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The Content Hub is designed for 30 minute short presentations and seating for an intimate audience of 30 people in a non-traditional session setting.  The Content Hub is informal with a mix of different styles of seating to encourage relaxed conversations between the audience and the leader.  A vital component of the Content Hub is the opportunity for the audience to participate in active Q&A. 

It is clear that patients should be involved in the identification of relevant study endpoints, and the appropriate measurement of those endpoints. Less clear is how to ensure that patient-centric endpoints are driven through the different stakeholder environments, integrated into routine clinical care, and communicated in relevant forums. The content hub will comprise a facilitated discussion between a member of the Patient Engagement community and a member of the Study Endpoints community. Each will respond to some pre-prepared questions (e.g. how do you define patient endpoint involvement; does it make a difference with the different stakeholders) and then take questions from the floor.

ICON Speaker

Charles Makin
Vice President & Global Head, Late Phase & Observational Research, ICON

Emuella Flood, Senior Director, Patient Report Outcomes, ICON



EMA Policy 70: A Game Changer for Industry

Wednesday 21 June, 2:00 pm

EMA Policy 0070 is changing how clinical study reports (CSRs) and clinical data summaries are being written. This session will look to identify those areas within an organization impacted by Policy 0070, discuss approaches to compliance, challenges, perspecitve on external guidance and examine areas where changes will continue to evolve with Policy 0070.

Robert Paarlberg, MS, Principal, Paarlberg & Associates LLC

ICON Speaker

Dairine Dempsey
Vice President, Strategic Regulatory Affairs, ICON

Dr. Dempsey is VP, Strategic Regulatory Affairs at ICON plc. She is a PhD pharmacist with over 15 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical regulator. She previously held senior positions in the Irish competent authority for medicines where she represented Ireland in the EU & internationally. She later worked as a pharmaceutical consultant during which time she led the establishment of Bahrain’s national regulatory agency. She is an active member of the ACRO Ethics & Regulatory Compliance Committee.

Additional Speakers
Julie Holtzople
Clinical Trial Transparency Operations Director, AstraZeneca

Marie-Helene Pinheiro
Industry Stakeholder Liaison, Corporate Stakeholders Division, European Medicines Agency, European Union

The Execution Evolution: Exploring the Untapped Value in Medical Device CRO Partnerships

Wednesday 21 June, 4:00 PM

Clinical research is an inherently collaborative enterprise, but competing objectives and priorities between stakeholders can hinder innovation and progress within the industry. This session will the perspectives and priorities of different clinical research entities and discuss success factors for implementing solutions to collaboration challenges.


Shann Williams, Senior Director, Operations, Rho, Inc.

ICON Speaker

Charles Raymond
Manager Commercial Affairs, ICON

Life Science Finance Professional with 10 plus years of industry experience spanning across Clinical and Device service providers with a recent focus on driving partnerships through Commercial and Operational excellence. Secured preferred provider status over the past 18 months with 2 of the Top 10 Medical Device and Diagnostic Companies, and 3 of the Top 25 Global Pharma Companies.

Additional Speakers

Len Rosenberg, PhD, RPh
Head, Clin Ops, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Scientific Posters

Professional Posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall of the McCormick Place Convention Center during the following times:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017        9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.     

ICON Poster                                            

Title: Key aspects and lessons learnt for maintaining a robust and efficient global 24/7 Medical Emergency Coverage service 

Author: Dr. Michael Marx, Medical Director, ICON

Time: June 20, 2017 9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. 

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