LONDON, September 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Clinical research professionals from all over the world gathered at the Gibson Hall in London last night for the inaugural Good Clinical Practice Journal (GCPj) Awards. Opening this landmark event, Chairman of the Commission on Human Medicines Professor Sir Gordon Duff said the awards were a most important celebration of innovation and enterprise in the development of new medicines. "I hope it will become a traditional event in the public health calendar", he told the 200+ audience.
The host for the evening, Dr Phil Hammond, a GP, writer, broadcaster and comedian, mixed laughter - "the best form of medicine according to the ho ho ho holistic humour institute!" with more serious issues. He bemoaned the poor headlines in the press relating to the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials and the NHS and stressed the need for an awards programme like the GCPj Awards to highlight the achievements of clinical research.
GCPj editor Jenine Willis said "These awards are GCPj's chance to show industry's commitment to improving healthcare through innovative, high quality, rigorous clinical research. Better healthcare not only benefits society as a whole, it has a direct impact on the global economy and raising quality of life everywhere. Of course this is a serious business, but GCPj launched these awards to celebrate these achievements and tell the wider world about them too."
Individuals, teams and organisations were recognised by the 11 awards categories. The first company to receive an accolade was Pfizer who won the Most Successful Global Trial, which was sponsored by the global clinical research organisation (CRO) Kendle. The trial in question recruited renal cancer patients at 101 sites in 11 countries.
Accepting the award, Deborah Roberts from Pfizer UK Oncology said "It's an honour and a privilege to accept this award on behalf of all of the Pfizer team who have worked to develop Sutent and have through this made a significant difference to the lives of thousands of renal cancer patients and their families. The main thing for me after working for 11 years in oncology is to have patients ringing up to say thank you."
Another notable winner was South Africa's Aurum Institute for Health Research. It picked up the Most Innovative Patient Recruitment Strategy award for the Thibela TB Study, which used innovative communication techniques to enrol over 38,000 miners to the study. Dr Audrey Banyni, of the Mine Health and Safety Council in South Africa, said: "I am more than happy. In fact, ecstatic. It is a challenging trial because we are involving different mining organisations. The participants are from very different cultural backgrounds, including Zulus and people from Mozambique. We also have the involvement of the labour movement. So it is actually a great achievement for Aurum."
One of the key individual awards of the evening was the Clinical Research Professional of the Year, which was sponsored by the UK Institute of Clinical Research. The winner, Dr Richard Schulz from the CRO Chiltern International in the Czech Republic was praised for being a role model to both CRO and site staff, inspiring them to achieve outstanding result, particularly in an emerging region.
The Clinical Research Team of the Year was sponsored by global CRO i3, and the award was presented to Novartis Pharma's Aclasta/Reclast Horizon RFT Team. Accepting the award on behalf of their colleagues Dr Erik Eriksen and Dr Phil McKernan explained their team "...spread across the Atlantic, half of them were in the US and half were in Basel. So there was a lot time challenges. But the main challenge was that the trial was outsourced to a great extent and to co-ordinate that effort was a testimony to the teams on both sides of the Atlantic. And it has resulted in rapid approval by both the FDA and the CHMP."
The Clinical Research Programme which Best Promoted Access to Medicine was awarded to MDS Pharma Services. The judges called the Phase III Malaria Trial of Eurartekin "an excellent example of a public/private collaboration to find effective and affordable treatments for a widespread debilitating condition prevalent in many developing countries." In response, Dr James Pusey from MDS Pharma Services said "the trial is a major step forward in helping to treat and prevent a terrible disease in under developed countries. We are very proud to be part of the team that made this happen."
As the evening drew to a close Saul Shiffman collected the GCPj Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in developing patient-reported outcome measures and e-diaries for clinical research.
More details of the event, together with pictures and winners' responses, will be published in a special supplement, "The GCPj Awards 2007", in October. Photos are also available on request.
The Winners and Sponsors
Most Successful Global Trial
Sponsored by Kendle
Winner - A Phase III, randomized study of SU011248 versus interferon-alfa
as first-line systemic therapy for patients with metastatic renal cell
carcinoma - Pfizer Global Research and Development
Most Successful Company or Programme of the Year in Raising GCP Standards
Sponsored by Trial Trove
Winner - Good Clinical Data Management Practices Document - Society for
Clinical Data Management
Best Technological Development in Clinical Trial Management Systems
Sponsored by PAREXEL
Winner - ClinPhone Drug Accountability solution - ClinPhone
Best Technological Development in Planning and Educational Tools in
Sponsored by PAREXEL
Winner - SecureConsent - Consent Solutions Inc
Project Manager of the Year
Sponsored by MDS Pharma Services
Winner - Shemus Dore, Senior Data Management Project Manager, ICON
Most Innovative Patient Recruitment Strategy
Sponsored by Pharmaprojects
Winner - Thibela TB Study - Aurum Institute for Health Research
Academic Researcher of the Year
Sponsored by Institute of Clinical Research (India) and Cranfield
Winner - Professor Neil Marlow, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Academic
Division of Child Health, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham; and
Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
Clinical Research Professional of the Year
Sponsored by the Institute of Clinical Research
Winner - Dr Richard Schulz, Country Manager Czech Republic, Chiltern
Clinical Research Team of the Year
Sponsored by i3
Winner - Aclasta/Reclast Horizon RFT Team - Novartis Pharma AG
Clinical Research Programme that Best Promoted Access to Medicine
Sponsored by Partnerships in Clinical Trials 2007
Winner - Large-scale Phase III Malaria Trial of Eurartekin - MDS Pharma
GCPj Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Dr Saul Shiffman
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