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COVID-19 has catalyzed many transformations within the Life Sciences, including the rise of virtual events!
It's no secret that industry events are incredibly important to the Life Sciences' ecosystem. They provide an opportunity to network, build relationships and nurture innovation. So we were, probably much like you, disappointed at the prospect of missing out on so many major events this year. Especially in May and June (arguably the busiest months on the Life Sciences events calendar).
But! We're in luck! Across the pharma and biotech space, marketeers and commercial teams are moving to virtual event platforms. Creating intricate online environments that replicate a conference set-up.
So, you can now attend a conference from the comfort of your home. To help you out we've summarised the top events not to be missed over the next couple of months.
18th May - The 30th Annual European Pharma Congress
Originally scheduled to be held in Berlin, over 2 days, the 30th Annual European Pharma Congress has been cancelled and replaced with a series of webinars on 18th May!
Each year the congress aims to cover the latest advancements and current challenges in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Research and related areas. The theme of 2020 was "Innovations for the Next Generation" however the webinar series has a new focus, "Emerging Trends in the Development of Vaccines for COVID-19"
You can get more information and register here.
27th May - Outsourcing in Clinical Trials 2020, a Virtual Experience
Arena International host a series of top events within the Life Sciences industry, including CTO Southern California which we attended earlier this year (you can read all about it here)! Although they have postponed their Outsourcing in Clinical Trials East Coast event until 10-11 November they are holding a virtual event on 27th May.
Pertinently, the event will cover the impact of crisis on the pharma industry and demonstrate the need for the sector to adapt in trying times for more efficient practices and improved CRO, Sponsor and Patient relationships. Most of the content is not COVID-19 specific (a breath of fresh air) but the virtual event does feature an exclusive Pre-Conference Presentation on the effect of COVID-19 on the market.
Get more information here.
29th - 31st May - ASCO20 Virtual
This year's Annual ASCO Meeting, due to be held in Chicago, has been replaced with ASCO20 Virtual! The 3-day virtual event features over 250 oral abstract presentations and 2,500 poster presentations in 24 disease-based and speciality tracks, including a session on Cancer Care in the time of COVID-19. As well as a virtual exhibits experience which will launch on 29th May at the same time the content goes live, and will continue to be available online through to the end of August.
The full digital program is available here.
8th - 11th June - PSI 2020
PSI 2020 is another conference that has been cancelled and replaced with a series of webinars. The webinars will feature some of the content that was due to be presented at this year's conference, with the additional content to be presented at the 2021 event instead. There are 8 sessions in total over 4 days and all members will receive the series for free.
You can register and read the about each of the sessions here.
8th - 12th June - Bio Digital
This year, the BIO International Convention will not be taking place in San Diego as planned, but is being held in a new virtual format: BIO Digital. The event aims to replicate the networking opportunity of the normal event by providing access to key partners via BIO One-on-One Partnering, educational resources, and critical insights into research and development innovation.
Currently there are 3,000 attendees registered, 20% of whom are actually new to BIO International. And over 100 interactive sessions held by speakers from the likes of Takeda and Roche as well as fascinating start-ups in phase II or earlier.
Check out all the details here.
14-18th June - DIA Virtual
It's no surprise that the largest (and longest-running) event in the Life Sciences industry will be going ahead! Both DIA's Annual Meeting and DIA Europe (30th June - 3rd July) have transitioned to become virtual events this year, so that the invaluable content and networking opportunities are still available, just in the digital realm! The Annual Meeting program promises live panel presentations, insightful Q&A sessions and a wealth of on-demand content.
And the keynote speech from author and journalist, Mary Elizabeth Williams, will be going ahead! She will be discussing why treatment plans must consider the emotional and logistical needs of the patient, and how, in a sped-up world, humanity is an essential element of successful healthcare outcomes. You can read more about her story here.
And to see the full program click here.