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Clinical Thought Leaders to Meet at Clinical Trials Congress 2004 to Define Industry Direction; Achieving Clinical Process Optimization to Maximizing Process Quality and Productivity

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2003--CTC 2004's ( unique 5-tracked program has over 60 Senior VP and Director level, clinical-decision makers. They will discuss varying perspectives on how to effectively maximize and measure ROI in clinical trials. The strong representation of top pharma and biotech companies included in the speaking faculty further supports the fact that CTC 2004 will be the leading event in the industry. Today and tomorrow's industry leaders dictated all five critical track topics for achieving clinical success; each track has been individually molded to address today's most pervasive issues, including: Patient Recruitment, Clinical Technologies, Clinical Study Design and Management, Global Clinical Trials; and Contracts, Budgets and Negotiations.

The unprecedented speaking faculty spearheading CTC 2004 is composed of over 80% pharmaceutical and biotech industry executives; including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, BMS, Novartis, Wyeth, J&J, Aventis, Amgen, Genzyme, Imclone, Schering, P&G and many more. CTC delivers more experience, expertise and innovative strategies than any other conference within the clinical trial arena. The array of panels discussions, sessions, workshops and plenaries are all designed to deliver three full days of strategic and pragmatic discussions that meet the expectations for everyday job functionality. Highlighted conference speakers include the most industry-respected individuals discussing the paramount case studies that are shaping this industry, including:

-- Sylva H. Collins, PhD, Vice President, Global EDC, NOVARTIS
-- Christopher Gallen, PhD, Vice President and Chief of Clinical Operations, WYETH
-- Ira Katz, MD, PhD, Vice President, Drug Evaluations, Clinical Operations, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
-- Sanj Patel, Vice President, Clinical Research, GENZYME CORPORATION
-- Michael Needle, MD, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, IMCLONE SYSTEMS

CTC exposes the true barriers to efficient clinical trials by diving deeper into the important issues to uncover actual strategies for process optimization by offering the choice of 10 different controversial panel discussions.

CTC 2004 is endorsed by premier industry publications, professional service organizations and by members of Big Pharma and leading biotechnology companies. Delegates attending CTC will include CEOs, Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers involved with all aspects of Clinical Operations, Research, Project Management, Patient Recruitment, Business Development, Regulatory Affairs, Data Management, Data Capture and Information Technology. CTC 2004 is the only forum providing the industry's leading experts a chance to discuss and exchange ideas, resulting in essential information for the successful preparation, execution and management of clinical trials. To download the conference brochure and to register, please visit or call 212-661-3500.

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Posted: November 2003