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CRO | NEXT Virtual Conference

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on clinical trials is unmistakable. This virtual conference is the perfect opportunity to get expert recommendations and insights on how to keep your sponsor’s trials running during these unprecedented times, along with practical approaches for ensuring the safety of patients, sites and staff.


  • Opening remarks
  • eConsent – A Patient-Centered Approach Towards Improving the Informed Consent Process
  • RTSM and Medical Device Trials: Realizing the Power of a Unified Platform
  • Virtual Human Modeling: The Living Heart
  • Connecting the Next Generation of Patient Data and Devices with Deep Analytics

Anthony CostelloSPEAKER
Anthony Costello
Sr. Vice President | Mobile Health

Anthony Costello is Senior Vice President of Mobile Health at Medidata. After beginning his clinical research career at Genentech 20 years ago, Anthony Costello has gone on to co-found several clinical trials technology start-up companies including Nextrials (acquired by PRA Health Sciences) and Mytrus (acquired by Medidata). Over his career, he has focused on disruptive and innovative technology that can simplify clinical trials for patients, sites and sponsors. He has been selected as one of the PharmaVoice Top 100 Most Inspiring People in Clinical Research, has served as Chairman of the Board for the Society for Clinical Data Management and is currently a member of the editorial advisory board for Applied Clinical Trials magazine. He is a frequent author and presenter on topics related to the efficient use of technology in clinical research and has a degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Fareed MelhemSPEAKER
Fareed Melhem
Sr. Vice President | Acorn AI Labs

Fareed Melhem is Senior Vice President in charge of Acorn AI Labs. Acorn AI Labs brings together data, technology, and expertise from Medidata and Partners to tackle the toughest problems in life sciences. A core focus of the Labs are the applications of data and advanced analytics to improve the design, planning, and execution of clinical trials. Prior to Medidata, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led work with Biopharma, CROs, and Technology players in the R&D space. He co-led McKinsey’s Center for Analytics and Real World Evidence, advising clients on the application of advanced analytics across the product lifecycle. Fareed has written on the impact that data and analytics can have in driving in R&D and speaks regularly at conferences on the topic. Fareed holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a BA in Economics and Math from Columbia University.

Ari FeldmanSPEAKER
Ari Feldman
Vice President | Global Compliance & Strategy

As the leader of Medidata’s Global Compliance & Strategy function, Ari applies a risk-based approach to navigating and interpreting the global regulatory landscape of the clinical trial ecosystem. With nearly 20 years of experience working with regulated industries, Ari integrates cross-functionally to bring a balanced application of governance, risk, and controls within the quality management system. Leveraging the experience of his international team, Ari actively promotes increased trust and transparency regarding the areas that matter most in maximizing the potential of the Medidata Rave Clinical Cloud.

Kevin CollierSPEAKER
Kevin Collier
Vice President | Product Management

Kevin is Vice President of Product with global responsibility for product strategy and delivery of Medidata’s RTSM solution. Kevin has spent his entire 30 year career in the Life Sciences arena working in clinical research, medical devices, systems and software delivery, and project management. Kevin has a well-rounded background that is technology focused and includes a deep understanding of the Pharmaceutical industry and clinical trial life-cycle. Kevin first started in IRT/RTSM at ICON Clinical Research in 2002 where he led the Project Management team responsible for large clients and was instrumental in unique and innovative design initiatives.

Michael TuckerSPEAKER
Michael Tucker
Senior mHealth Solutions Specialist

Michael is a member of Medidata’s Mobile Health team and is a subject matter expert in electronic informed consent and virtual trials. Over the last six years, Michael has worked collaboratively with sponsors, CROs, regulators, ethics committees and researchers around the world to pioneer the use of electronic informed consent and virtual trials. His 30-year career in medical research includes 8 years with the US government conducting and supporting surgical research and 22 years working in the commercial sector to provide technology solutions that improve and support preclinical and clinical research. Michael has been a participant in two clinical trials…but had to consent on paper because eConsent had not been invented yet! Michael is a decorated veteran of the United States Navy and resides in Austin, Texas where he is also an elected public official serving his local community.

Bryant FieldsSPEAKER
Bryant Fields
Sr. Director | Data and Analytics | Acorn AI

Bryant has enjoyed nearly 25 years in clinical research domain, mostly comprised of industry leadership in clinical data management and clinical operations. Most notably, he developed and led a global team of clinical data managers in the successful delivery of high quality data in Oncology, Hemophilia and Ophthalmology submissions. Bryant has led workstreams in the identification of innovative and transformative process and tools for future clinical data environments. Immediately prior to joining Medidata, he supported departments in clinical data standards and HEOR research. Bryant is currently the Director, Data Science and Analytics Portfolio where he ensures seamless coordination and oversight between commercialization, marketing, strategy and corporate development operations for Data Science products and solutions.

Troy SchneiderSPEAKER
Troy Schneider
Sr. Director | Imaging Strategy

Troy Schneider is the Sr. Director of Imaging Strategy responsible for the strategy and business development of growing one of the world’s most sophisticated networks dedicated to providing secure, powerful and intelligent management and workflows of medical images for the life sciences industry.

Brian BarnesSPEAKER
Brian Barnes
Director | Product Development | RBQM

Brian Barnes is a Director, Product Development – RBQM. Previous to Medidata Brian was in the CRO space for 14 years where he supported RBM for the past 7 years specializing in RBM operationalization for small to large pharma, biopharma, and biotech companies. Brian is a co-liaison within the Associate of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) RBQM Working Group and presented and published on the topic of RBQM within a number of industry meetings, conferences, and journals. Brian resides in Madison, WI with his wife and can often be found riding his bike or hanging out with Bella his tripod boxer.