Forte’s Onsemble Conference Generates Powerful Ideas and Meaningful Connections

April Schultz
September 21st, 2018

The Onsemble Community did it again–the 2018 Fall Onsemble Conference was one of our best events yet! With nearly 200 clinical research professionals gathered together in Madison, WI for a week of learning, networking and fun, this year’s conference was one to remember.

Like all Onsemble Conferences, this week was an opportunity to make meaningful connections with peers from top research institutions and work together to find powerful solutions for the research industry’s most pressing challenges. After five days filled with expert-led sessions, attendees can walk away from the conference with methods for enhancing organizational processes and tools to increase their clinical trial efficiency.

2018 Fall Onsemble Wednesday 4
Photo: Shanna Wolf – S. Photography

Recognizing community leaders

To celebrate our amazing customer community, we announced the winner of our 2018 Fall 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: Adelai Neal from Hoosier Cancer Research Network


  • Lonnie Sorrells​
  • Joe Stokes​
  • Colleen Mitchell​
  • Robert Moulden​
  • Daniel Hudson​
  • Julie Robbins
2018 Fall Onsemble Rockstar
From left to right: Carrie Nemke, Adelai Neal, Shree Kalluri; Photo: Shanna Wolf – S. Photography

We also announced the winners of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Research Operations. At each Onsemble, 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: Karmanos Cancer Institute

2018 Fall Onsemble Site Benchmarks winners 1
From left to right: Laura Hilty, Barbara Rauschendorfer, Kasha Krul, Mary Jo O’Loughlin, Shree Kalluri; Photo: Shanna Wolf – S. Photography

Most improved: Indiana University 

2018 Fall Onsemble Site Benchmarks winners
From left to right: Laura Hilty, Lindsay Mann, Mario Contreraz​, Shree Kalluri; Photo: Shanna Wolf – S. Photography

Generating powerful ideas

Enhancing operational performance and increasing clinical research efficiency were key themes throughout the week. During sessions and networking events, attendees engaged in meaningful discussions about challenges they face at their organizations and tools they use to improve research processes. This year, additional tracks for Clinical Research Coordination, Leadership, CTO Administration and more allowed attendees the chance to customize their Onsemble experience so they attended sessions most relevant to their roles and responsibilities.  

Change management proved to be a particularly notable topic for this year’s conference attendees. During the session “Leading Change: University of Michigan Clinical Trials Transformation,” Teri Grieb from the University of Michigan Medical School provided effective methods for introducing and leading change initiatives in a highly change-averse environment. Teri discussed how her team overcame barriers during the University’s transformation of their clinical trials enterprise by taking a systems approach.

2018 Fall Onsemble Wednesday 5
Photo: Shanna Wolf – S. Photography

Attendees also learned effective ways to use Forte technologies to achieve operational goals during various sessions throughout the week. During their Thursday session “Leveraging OnCore to Integrate and Streamline Financial Study Activation,” presenter Bishoy Anastasi from the UCLA Dean’s Office discussed how their sites were able to transition a variety of finance-related study activation tasks directly into OnCore, including coverage analysis, research pricing and more.

Adopting innovation

During the conference keynote presentation, Forte’s Founder, CEO and Chief Customer Officer, Shree Kalluri, and members of the senior leadership team announced new plans for the coming year and provided updates for ongoing initiatives. Shree encouraged attendees to take full advantage of the innovative tools at their disposal to build greater efficiencies in clinical research and unleash their organizations’ research potential.

Following the keynote, Shree facilitated two engaging panel discussions with some of the nation’s leading research institutions to discuss the challenges and potential of both Sponsored-IITs and digital information exchange in clinical research. 

See you in the spring!

The end of each Onsemble Conference is always a little bittersweet, but as we look back on the past five days of the 2018 Fall Onsemble Conference, we’re excited by the powerful ideas and meaningful connections each attendee will bring back to their respective organizations. Just like each of the past 25 conferences, attendees walk away from this bi-annual event with the tools and motivation they need to improve research operations and positively influence research practices.

We hope you can join us for the 2019 Spring Onsemble Conference in Dana Point, CA. Visit the conference website to learn more about our upcoming spring conference.