Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. Introduces Its Electronic Data Capture Blog Discussion Forum

July 30, 2008

Company News Release

CEO Chairman Jim Walker of Octagon Research Solutions, Inc., a provider of software and services to the life sciences industry, announced today that a new Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Blog entitled, ?EDC Connections? Discussion Forum is now available on the Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. website.

Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. Introduces Its Electronic Data Capture Blog  Discussion Forum

 

         (WAYNE, PA, July 30, 2008) — CEO  Chairman Jim Walker of Octagon Research Solutions, Inc., a provider of software and services to the life sciences industry, today announced that a new Electronic Data Capture (EDC) Blog entitled, “EDC Connections ” Discussion Forum is now available on the Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. website.  This Blog Discussion Forum will be authored and hosted by Dan Crawford, director, Clinical Data Strategies and Dawn Kaminski, consultant, Clinical Data Strategies.

         The EDC Connections Blog and EDC Discussion Forum were developed as a mechanism for promoting communication across the industry. They will provide a forum for industry colleagues to share ideas, opinions and best practices relating to EDC. This new forum and blog evolved as a natural complement to Octagon’s successful Regulatory Blog entitled, “Regulatory Matters,” and the popular eCTD Discussion Forum.

          “Clients are getting information from many different sources,” notes Mr. Crawford. “We felt the need to increase the dialog, share our thoughts on the topic and encourage discussion in a way that is easy (and sometimes entertaining) for our colleagues in industry.” Ms. Kaminski adds, “We are seeing many people register for both the eCTD and the EDC forums because the industry is beginning to comprehend and look for efficiencies within the many process connections from data capture to submission.”

          Dan Crawford has over 20 years of professional experience in the life sciences industry. In his current role at Octagon, he provides consulting and training in regard to the implementation of Clinical Data Interchange Standard Consortium (CDISC) Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) standards within the clinical data lifecycle. Prior to Octagon, he spent four years as the Director of Clinical Data Management for a major Contract Research Organization (CRO) where he oversaw the Data Management department.

         Dawn Kaminski has over 10 years of industry experience. She has held various positions during that time including Project Manager and Director of Data Management. In her most recent position for a major CRO she was the primary consultant to both internal and external clients on data management issues. At Octagon, she performs assessments on electronic clinical data in order to determine compliance and provides guidance in ensuring that the clinical trial output is compliant with SDTM and eSubmission standards.

         As a team, Dan and Dawn have helped many clients prepare for clinical data standards and the implementation of EDC. They have been instrumental in the development and enhancement of ViewPoint® FUSE, Octagon's integrated EDC software platform that is comprised of a series of pre-qualified and reusable study modules that are configured specifically for each protocol.

         “Dan and Dawn have quite a following in industry,” noted Kirk Gallion, president, Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. “Their expertise and knowledge of clinical data processes has helped many clients and has been critical to the successful launch of ViewPoint FUSE. The Blog and Discussion Forum will be a valuable resource for anyone responsible for managing electronic clinical data.”
          For more information about Octagon and its’ EDC people, process and technology, you may contact us at 610-535-6500 or visit our website at www.octagonresearch.com

About Octagon Research Solutions, Inc.
Octagon is a pioneer and leading provider of breakthrough software and services to the life sciences industry. Octagon’s eCTD and CDISC solutions provide the people, process and technology required to optimize drug development from data collection to submission. Our regulatory, clinical, process and software offerings provide a unique combination of deep domain knowledge, cross-functional electronic submission expertise, a holistic process approach, and integrated solutions. Octagon is headquartered in Wayne, PA, with European headquarters in Berkhamsted, UK. Octagon’s EDC Operations are located in Mountain View, CA. For more information please visit www.octagonresearch.com

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