Northern California Chapter: Finance (Martians) and Clinical Operations (Venusians): How to effectiv

When:  May 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)
Speaker Name
Chris Chan
Executive Director - R&D Finance, FibroGen Inc

Target Audience
  • Project Managers
  • Clinical Research Administrators
  • Other
Program Description
When working together, Finance and Clinical Operations/Development often seem to come from different planets. Lack of mutual understanding, trust, and communication often result in an adversarial rather than collaborative relationship. This in turn leads to significant inefficiencies and anguish when it comes to finance-driven activities such as budgeting, forecasting and accruals. 

This presentation will explore common factors that contribute to this disharmony, as well as possible solutions that may effectively mitigate these frictions and lead to happier, more productive partnerships. Specific focus will be devoted towards discussing ways to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the clinical trials budgeting process, and how to collaboratively generate budgets, forecasts, and accruals as painlessly as possible.

Program Agenda
6:00 - 6:45 PM Registration, Networking, & Dinner Buffet
6:45 - 7:00 PM President's Welcome
7:00 - 8:00 PM Educational Presentation with Q&A
8:00 - 8:45 PM Raffle, Open Mic, Networking

Learning Objectives 
  1. Explore the most common challenges/frustrations experienced by Clinical and Finance personnel when working together.
  2. Discuss effective ways to mitigate these aforementioned challenges/frustrations.
  3. Review specific implementations Clinical and Finance can pursue together to make their Budgeting, Forecasting, and Accruals efforts more fruitful and less painful.

Walk-in registration: 
If seats available - add $5 to the registration fee ($10 total for chapter members and students, $35 total for non-chapter members)

Bring your email confirmation to the event. Please notify the Event Manager for cancellations. No refunds or transfers. 

Contact Hour:
The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) provides 1.0 continuing education credits for the completion of this educational activity. These credits can be used to meet the certification maintenance requirement. (ACRP-­2019-­CPT­-140). Please click here to purchase the contact hour.

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Funding and in-kind support provided by the following sponsors do not influence the content of this program.


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