ClearTrial Clinical Trial Planning and Outsourcing Expert to Speak at ExL Performance Metrics Summit

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ClearTrial to present practical applications of metrics for improving service provider management for clinical planning and execution.

Using Metrics for Service Provider Selection, Planning, and Performance Management

ClearTrial (http://www.cleartrial.com), a leading provider of clinical trial software for clinical operations planning, budgeting, and outsourcing, announced today that Deirdre BeVard, Senior Director of Clinical Services, will present "Using Metrics for Service Provider Selection, Planning, and Performance Management" at the ExL 4th Annual Clinical Performance Metrics & Benchmarking Summit. Being held September 22-23 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the event brings together experts from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to share applications of clinical performance metrics and process improvements.

Joining ClearTrial on the speaking roster at the Summit are leading industry practitioners and clinical project teams from Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi-Aventis, Wyeth, and more. During her session, BeVard will guide attendees through practical guidelines and real-world examples for:

*Effectively incorporating metrics into operational planning
*Developing consistent processes for service provider negotiation, selection, and performance management
*Obtaining and analyzing meaningful data around in-sourced and outsourced costs
*Improving accruals and contract management with Earned Value Analysis

BeVard brings 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry to the Summit, with extensive experience in clinical trial planning. Prior to joining ClearTrial, she was Executive Director, Clinical Research for the Physician Alliance for Clinical Research (PACR), formerly part of HealthSouth. BeVard also served as Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Otsuka Maryland Research Institute, where she was responsible for the direction, strategy and execution of global clinical trial operations. She created Otsuka's centralized clinical outsourcing group and managed all facets of the outsourcing operation, including the development of outsourcing processes, preparation and negotiation of contracts, staffing oversight and overall governance and management of outsourcing relationships. BeVard previously worked for a leading CRO, where she developed the company's first regional monitoring network, was responsible for project resource allocation, and the management, training and development of project staff in the US and Europe.

About ClearTrial®
ClearTrial® is a leading provider of clinical trial software for clinical operations planning, budgeting, and outsourcing. ClearTrial software helps pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device companies, and CROs expedite the clinical development process without sacrificing quality of results. The company's software products support clinical operations, resource planning, and outsourcing departments with a single solution that promotes speed and consistency, while maintaining flexibility to handle different study requirements. For more information please visit http://www.cleartrial.com.

ClearTrial® and the ClearTrial logo are registered trademarks owned by ClearTrial, LLC, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Any other company or product names mentioned in this release are hereby acknowledged as registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

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