Forte’s Onsemble Conference Delivers a Site-Centric Approach to Transform Clinical Research

Ryan Monte
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Forte
April 1st, 2019

With almost 300 attendees and dozens of sessions addressing the most important topics in clinical research, the 2019 Spring Onsemble Conference promised to be an amazing conference. And our community delivered. Gathering this week in Dana Point, CA, Onsemble Community members attended educational sessions led by industry experts and collaborated with colleagues from top research institutions to develop unique solutions for the industry’s most pressing challenges.


Celebrating Our Onsemble Rock Stars

Recognizing the contributions of our amazing customer community, we announced the winner of our 2019 Spring Onsemble Rock Star Award during Wednesday’s keynote presentation. Nominated and voted on by their peers, the winner and finalists of the Onsemble Rock Star Award embody the collaborative spirit of Forte, through their willingness to answer questions, share best practices and foster discussions across many organizations.  

First place: Molly Wolford-Romy from Parkview Health​


  • Brian Sevier, University of Florida​
  • Joe Stokes, University of Florida ​
  • Curt Hampton, Huntsman Cancer Institute ​
  • Courtney Kennedy, University of Nebraska Medical Center​
  • Lyle Portice, University of Michigan 
  • Mark Marchant, University of Alabama at Birmingham 


We also announced the winners of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Research Operations. At every Onsemble Conference, we celebrate two institutions for top performance and for most improved, based on their benchmarking data from Forte’s Site Benchmarks analytics platform. 

Top performance: The University of Alabama at Birmingham


Most improved: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey & University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center 


Generating powerful ideas

As always, operational performance and clinical research efficiency were key themes throughout the week. Session presenters focused on topics such as best practices for CTO management, improving staff onboarding and user adoption, enhancing regulatory and billing compliance and much more. These interactive sessions fostered meaningful discussions about the best ways to address key challenges attendees face at their organizations. Other areas of focus included:

  • Leadership
  • Study Activation
  • Financial Management
  • Calendars & Financials
  • General & OnCore Operations
  • Technical & Informatics
  • Regulatory Management


Presenters also demonstrated best practices for using Forte technologies and services to reduce study activation timelines, improve compliance and achieve operational goals. Leaders from renowned institutions such as Duke, UCLA, the University of Michigan, Yale and many more leveraged their firsthand experience to provide insight into gaining operational efficiencies across the clinical research spectrum. In addition to joining these informative sessions, attendees were able to earn 40 CEUs from the California Board of Registered Nurses and 30 CEUs from ACRP.

Adopting innovation

Our goal at Forte is to transform clinical research with a site-centric approach, enabling sites to unleash their research potential and helping sponsors make every trial a success. During the keynote presentation, Forte’s Founder and CEO, Shree Kalluri, summarized the progress our industry has made bridging the gap between sites and sponsors. Along with Forte’s Chief Product Office James Wurdeman, Shree highlighted the need for sites to continue adopting new, connected research technologies, and outlined Forte’s future plans for creating a connected ecosystem through the Trial Data Exchange.

Join us this fall in Madison!

We’re thrilled to help facilitate new ideas, foster meaningful relationships and help our community push clinical research forward. While our spring conference has come to an end, we know the progress we’ve made will have a lasting on the industry.

We hope you can join us for the 2019 Fall Onsemble Conference in Madison, WI. Visit the conference website to learn more about our upcoming conference.

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