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2018 Sponsors

The NHS R&D Forum are delighted to announce the following sponsors for the 2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales on the 14th & 15th May 2018.

In Association With: Health Research Authority

The Health Research Authority (HRA) exists to promote and protect the interests of patients in health research and to streamline the regulation of research. We aim, with partners, to make the UK a great place to do health research, to build confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health. We do this by supporting and promoting a robust and efficient regulatory and governance framework in the UK and providing the National Research Ethics Service (NRES).
Twitter: @HRA_Latest

Event Partner: Health and Care Research Wales

Health and Care Research Wales provides an infrastructure to support and increase capacity in research and development, runs a range of responsive funding schemes and manages the NHS R&D funding allocation.

Our innovative infrastructure and portfolio of funded programmes consolidates, updates and builds on what has been created and delivered to date, placing Wales at the international forefront of health and social care research.

Our infrastructure allows a sharper focus on Wales’ current and emerging areas of excellence and ensures an integrated, interdisciplinary, interagency, all-Wales approach, from research development to changes in practice based on research evidence.

The people of Wales are central to the infrastructure and the programmes which lead to major gains in health and wellbeing, effectiveness of services and the generation of national wealth.

T: 02920 230 457
Twitter: @ResearchWales

Premier Sponsor & Gala Dinner Sponsor: TriNetX

TriNetX is the worldwide health research network of healthcare organisations, biopharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations (CROs) used to enhance clinical trial design and accelerate patient recruitment. TriNetX enables researchers to find the right patients at the right sites for clinical trials

Steve Lethbridge
EMEA Director
T : 07766 691 467

Premier Sponsor: St Stephens Clinical Research

St Stephens Clinical Research is a specialist CRO which offers a range of sponsorship and trial management services.  Specializing in the sponsorship of investigator initiated trials St Stephen’s Clinical Research is able to offer assistance with monitoring, project management, data management, quality, regulatory, contracting and pharmacovigilance.  We are currently sponsoring and managing single and multicenter investigator initiated research projects throughout Europe and in Africa. We provide Legal Representative services for organizations outside of the EU.  Whether you simply need help with your Clinical Trial Application or assistance with all sponsorship responsibilities for your trial,  come and visit our stand, we will be happy to discuss your requirements further.


Premier Sponsor: Edge

EDGE is a clinical trials software that supports a wide range of research management functions and empowers research managers, data analysts, research nurses, clinicians and support services to make the most of their information. By allowing organisations to actively manage research within a single online system, information can be better organised and analysed in real-time. Multiple institutions can collaborate on a range of projects and EDGE’s reporting tools can help streamline the research governance and approval process. EDGE is the culmination of over a decade of clinical trials software development hosted by Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in conjunction with the University of Southampton.


Premier Sponsor: National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the research arm of the NHS and is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world.The NIHR is 10 in 2016 and since its creation a decade ago, the NIHR has transformed research for NHS patients and the public. The NIHR continues to facilitate faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and develops and supports the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research across the country


Breakout Session Sponsor: NHS Research Scotland

NHS Research Scotland promotes and supports excellence in clinical and translational research in Scotland so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. Formed through a partnership of Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government, we work to ensure that NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support clinical research. Our single unified health system, national clinical research infrastructure and streamlined processes combine with significant clinical and academic expertise, to deliver high quality research for the health and financial benefit of our population.


Poster Zone Sponsor: Research Quality Association (RQA)

The Research Quality Association (RQA) is a professional membership body dedicated to informing and advancing its members. We provide status and visibility for individuals engaged in the quality of research concerning pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, chemicals and medical devices. Since our inception in 1977 the Association has increased and evolved to reflect Regulatory changes, the growing impact of Regulatory inspection, and the ever-changing structure and needs of industry.

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Networking Sponsor: Emergency Scientific and Medical Services (ESMS)

Emergency Scientific and Medical Services (ESMS) provides 24 hour emergency response for clinical trials. Our vision is to be the gold standard provider for Clinical Trial Emergency Response. It is a challenge for many sponsors to maintain 24 hour emergency cover. This is demonstrated by major GCP inspection findings including:

– No clear or tested out of hours procedure
– Failure to supply trial subjects with emergency contact details

Evolving from Guy’s Poisons Unit our team of information scientists and consultant toxicology physicians are trained to perform emergency unblinding according to strictly controlled, client approved procedures. Study specific information can be accessed to support medical treatment without the need to unblind the subject. Key benefits of ESMS support:

– Manned 24/7 availability with access to study information
– GCP compliant
– Consolidated oversight of adverse events
– All enquires are audio recorded, documented and quality checked
– Local phone support in > 70 countries and > 40 languages