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Monday, June 27 • 8:30am - 9:45am
#121: Rare Disease Clinical Trials: Coping with Unique Challenges

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Component Type: Symposium
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-16-602-L01-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

This symposium provides a unique opportunity to hear three interconnected but distinct perspectives on rare disease clinical trials. We will have an overview of the rare disease clinical environment in terms of therapy focus, geography and volume along with a compare and contrast of operational metrics with respect to start up and recruitment to set the stage. Next, the challenges related to ensuring robust safety and efficacy outcomes from a statistical perspective in an environment where limited patient sample sizes is a reality will be explored along with creative methods for overcoming these challenges. Finally, a rare disease in-depth case study involving Latin America and pediatric patients will showcase best practices on how to harness the unique cultural and environmental aspects of this region to meet enrollment targets.

Learning Objectives

Recall the most prolific areas in rare disease work and industry trends; Use metrics to validate start-up and enrollment challenges; Identify the operational challenges of rare disease trials in terms of recruitment as well as in conventional statistical analysis approaches; Discuss the unique cultural and environmental aspects of enrolling pediatric patients in a rare disease pediatric trial in Latin America; Share best practices on how enrollment can be met.


Maureen Smith


Rare Disease: Understanding Operational Challenges
Linda Martin, MBA

Orphan Indications and Clinical Trials: Coping with Unique Challenges and Why Rare Diseases Warrant Special Treatment
Stephan de la Motte, DrMed, MD

Solving Enrollment Challenges for Rare Disease Global Clinical Trials in Latin America
Sara G Tylosky, MBA

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Maureen Smith

Patient Advocate / Secretary, Canadian Organization For Rare Disorders (CORD)
Maureen Smith’s M.Ed. (Educational Psychology) interest in patient advocacy stems from a rare disease diagnosis at the age of 8. She is the Secretary of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD), co-chair of the Rare/Orphan Disease program track for the Drug Information Association’s annual meeting (2014-2016), a member of the CIHR-Institute of Genetics’ GELS Priority & Planning Committee and the patient member on Ontario’s... Read More →


Linda Martin

President and Founder, KMR Group Inc.
Linda Martin is a founder and President of KMR Group, a firm specializing in biopharmaceutical R&D performance, data and analytics. Her areas of expertise include the measurement and evaluation of R&D productivity and clinical development, including subspecialties of enrollment and site performance. Linda has a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree from the... Read More →
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Stephan de la Motte

Chief Medical Advisor, Synteracthcr
Dr. Stephan de la Motte serves as Chief Medical Advisor at SynteractHCR. With nearly 30 years of experience, he is renowned for his scientific and medical expertise and clinical trial knowledge of Phase I, II and III studies. Over the course of his career, he has served as coordinating investigator for six clinical trials, as principal investigator for 60 trials and as investigator for 80+ trials. His impressive contributions include delivering... Read More →
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Sara Tylosky

CEO, Farmacon
Sara Tylosky, President & CEO at Farmacon has > 20 years of experience in strategic management & global marketing in the pharmaceutical & biotech industries. Farmacon works with sponsors, from large pharmas to start-up biotechs, from market intelligence to project manage enrollment including training & feedback for Phase 2-4 trials to reach enrollment early and reduce study costs. Sara holds a Masters in Business from Florida Atlantic University... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
103A Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA