Forte’s Onsemble Conference Builds on the Past and Looks Forward to the Future

Ashley Toy
September 20th, 2019

As the 2019 Fall Onsemble Conference comes to a close, we are grateful for another successful gathering of our customer community. Each and every conference attendee made this week memorable, from presentations to conversations, from workshops to celebrations. While it may be coming to a close, we know the conference is just the beginning of our community continuing to do great things.

Attendees of the 2019 Fall Onsemble Conference collaborate during a workshop. Photo by Shanna Wolf, S. Photography.

While every member of the Onsemble Community is important, there are some individuals who truly stand out. During Wednesday’s keynote address, we recognized the winner of our 2019 Fall Onsemble Rock Star Award. Onsemble Community members nominate and vote for someone they think goes above and beyond to contribute to the Community.

This year’s nominees were:

  • Joe Stokes, University of Florida
  • Christian Stephens, Duke University
  • Christine Ricklefs, University of Colorado – Denver

Our 2019 Fall Onsemble Rock Star Award winner was Joe Stokes! Joe is an avid contributor to the Onsemble Community, whether it’s answering questions and participating in conversations in the discussion groups or presenting at Onsemble Conferences. Congratulations, Joe!

Shree Kalluri and Carrie Nemke award Joe Stokes, University of Florida, the 2019 Fall Onsemble Rock Star Award. Photo by Shanna Wolf, S. Photography.

In addition to the Rock Star Award, we also present the Site Benchmarks Awards. These awards are given at the institutional level for organizations that are the top performers and the most improved in a variety of areas according to our Benchmarks comparative analytics platform.

This year, the Site Benchmarks Top Performer award went to the University of Virginia, and the Site Benchmarks Most Improved award went to the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center!

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center receives the 2019 Site Benchmarks Most Improved award. Photo by Shanna Wolf, S. Photography.

The University of Maryland got the opportunity to present about their organization’s success and share the ways they’ve been able to improve their performance and enhance their operational efficiencies.

Other sessions throughout the conference covered a wide variety of topics, including sessions focusing on adoption and training, financials, recruitment and accrual, and more. The session “Maximizing Your Relationships with Your IRB(s)” offered ideas for facilitating a strong partnership with your IRB based on the experience of Mariette Marsh, Director of Human Subjects Protection & Privacy Program from the University of Arizona. Other sessions were presented by leadership, including a session from Duke University School of Medicine leaders Denise Snyder, Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Catee Mullen, Director, Clinical Research Operations. They discussed Duke’s effort to use data to help leadership get a better picture of their research portfolio and make informed business decisions.

This year’s keynote address reflected on Forte’s history as a key technology and strategic partner to the clinical research industry. For nearly 20 years, Forte has been devoted to the success of our customers, and the industry as a whole. From developing standards-based solutions in collaboration with our customers to offering expert services to alleviate administrative burden on research staff, Forte’s rich past has built a firm foundation. Advarra’s acquisition of Forte leverages Forte’s strong past to pave the way for a bright and collaborative future. Advarra’s regulatory expertise and best-in-class service line with Forte’s technology offerings promises to be an exciting combination.

Pat Donnelly, CEO of Advarra and Shree Kalluri, CEO and Founder of Forte present the keynote at the 2019 Fall Onsemble Conference. Photo by Shanna Wolf, S. Photography.

While the close of a conference marks the end of a week of sharing innovative ideas and coming together as a community, it also signifies the start of attendees taking the best practices they’ve learned and bringing meaningful changes and improvements back to their organizations.

Want to be a part of this exciting event? Join us March 16-19, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for the 2020 Spring Onsemble Conference. Keep an eye on our conference website for more details coming soon!