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    Regulatory Convergence Preview: Regulation and Innovation

    RAPS will bring the largest annual gathering of the global healthcare regulatory profession to San Jose, CA, 17–20 September . The 2016 Regulatory Convergence will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The Convergence is expected to draw more than 2,000 participants, including healthcare product regulators, scientists, researchers and regulatory professionals from life sciences companies. This year marks RAPS’ 40th anniversary, and the Converg...
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    Popular RAPS App Back Again for 2016 Regulatory Convergence

    If you will be attending RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence in San Jose next month, go download the RAPS Events app for your smart phone now. The app was unveiled for the first time at last year’s Convergence in Baltimore and it proved to be a runaway hit. Users found it useful, fun and intuitive. Last year, Convergence veterans and first-timers alike used the app to engage with one another, share photos, observations and takeaways from the sessions they attended ...
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    10 Disruptive Technologies and the Regulatory Implications

    The 2016 Regulatory Convergence will begin with opening keynote remarks from R “Ray” Wang , noted expert on disruptive technologies and new business models . Hearing Wang’s thoughts on innovation and technology and how regulatory can keep up with the rapid changes should prove to be a timely and appropriate way to begin this year’s Convergence. The healthcare products sector has seen the introduction and development of a number of disruptive technologies in ...
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    RAPS' Scope of Practice Survey Shows Regulatory Pros Play Increasingly Strategic Role Compensation Up

    RAPS today released the results of its biennial survey of healthcare product regulatory professionals around the world. The survey asked respondents about their daily work, education and professional backgrounds, and compensation. RAPS has compiled and published key survey results and analysis in its 2016 Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession , which can be downloaded at www.RAPS.org/sop . Among the most significant findings, r...
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    Head of Cuban Regulatory Agency to Make First Appearance at Regulatory Convergence

    This year, for the first time ever at RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence , attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from Cuba’s top regulatory authority. Rafael Perez Cristia, director, Center for State Control of Drugs, Medical Devices (CECMED), Ministry of Public Health, Cuba, will participate in two sessions— Latin America: Perspectives and Challenges Moving Forward, Part 2 and Latin American Regulations and Market Access: Orphan Drugs, Rare Diseases and ...
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    10 Can't Miss Regulatory Convergence Sessions: 6-10

    With RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence now less than six weeks away, it’s a good time to take a look at the conference agenda and start planning. We selected 10 sessions—aside from the plenaries—that we think are likely to be popular this year, based on current hot topics or popular areas within regulatory affairs. Last week, in part one of this two-part series, we highlighted the first five. In part two below, we take a look at five more. Bear in mind this lis...
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    Prepare for the Digital Revolution, Says Convergence Keynote Speaker Ray Wang

    When the 2016 Regulatory Convergence begins next month in San Jose, R “Ray” Wang , principal analyst, founder, and chairman of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research, will kick things off Sunday evening, 18 September, with opening keynote remarks. Wang is a noted Silicon Valley strategic thinker with expertise in areas including technology and innovation, digital disruption, business model design, engagement strategies and customer experience. He also starte...
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    10 Can't Miss Regulatory Convergence Sessions: 1-5

    RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence is now just a little more than six weeks away so it’s a good time to take a look at the conference agenda and start planning how best to spend your time in San Jose. While each session will certainly appeal to different people based on their specific work or interests, we picked out a few to highlight based on current hot topics or popular areas within regulatory affairs. Highlighted below are some standout sessions that migh...
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    Convergence Keynote Speaker Lori Hartwell Passionate About Patients

    At the start of a recent phone conversation with patient advocate and 2016 Regulatory Convergence closing keynote speaker, Lori Hartwell, she paused for a moment to warn that if there is any audible squawking in the background, it’s just her pet parrot, Johnny. Hartwell, an animal lover, has four dogs and a cat in addition to Johnny, but they are more than just pets. They are an important part of her philosophy on living happily with chronic illness. Hartwell i...
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    RAPS Members on the Value of Regulatory Convergence

    RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence is the world’s largest annual gathering for the healthcare product regulatory profession, and this year will be held 17–20 September in San Jose, CA. Speakers and attendees come from all over the world to learn, network and exchange ideas. We recently asked a number of RAPS members at various stages of their regulatory careers about the value of attending the Convergence, and here’s what they had to say: “Regulatory Convergence is...
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    Bay Area Regulatory Pros Looking Forward to Convergence's Return to San Jose

    The Regulatory Convergence will return to San Jose, CA, in 2016, bringing RAPS’ signature annual event back not only to one of the world’s premier centers of technology and innovation—Silicon Valley—but also to the home of RAPS’ oldest and one of its most active chapters, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. RAPS asked some of the local chapter’s volunteers and other local regulatory professionals about what makes the San Francisco Bay Area such a special place, an...
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    2015 Regulatory Convergence Highlights: Stephen Ostroff's Keynote

    One of the big draws of attending RAPS’ annual Regulatory Convergence is the opportunity to hear directly from regulators. Each year, the Convergence features dozens of speakers and panelists representing global regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the China Food and Drug Administration and many others. Among the highlights of last year’s Convergence in Baltimore was the opportu...