ACRES in association with iiBIG present:

SYNERGY: Where Clinical Research, Innovation, Collaboration <br>
                  and Systems Thinking Come Together!

OCTOBER 1-2, 2015




The future of clinical research is changing. And so far, despite our best intentions, well-intended efforts at innovation and disruption have merely tweaked the current processes for clinical research with little impact. They have not gotten us out of our comfortable siloes or proposed an integrated, comprehensive approach to change. The complexity and inter-dependence of the endeavor and its many stakeholders require an integrating mechanism—a system—to connect, coordinate and streamline policies and procedures on a global scale.

The chilling reality that 70% of all clinical research sites still never do more than a single trial and that more than a third of the cost of doing a trial is spent just on monitoring illuminate the vast waste that exists throughout the enterprise. Estimates are that over 30 cents of every dollar spent on clinical research is wasted. With $20 billion at stake yearly, this situation is unsustainable. Not only does the current approach waste money, it wastes precious human resources as well. And in the end, patients are on the losing end if changes are not made.

This situation calls for action, not just talking or listening. SYNERGY is more than a conference—it is a different kind of event. SYNERGY will abandon a simple “talking-heads” content-flow model in favor of an interactive, personally engaging, solution-generating model—every attendee will be a participating thought leader.

SYNERGY will engage participants directly in the work of building a next-generation, synergistic clinical research system, by and for all stakeholders, to enhance clinical research safety, quality and efficiency worldwide for the benefit of all involved, especially patients.

On October 1-2nd, join us at the OMNI in Boston to experience and participate in the only conference dedicated exclusively to exploring the challenges, opportunities and benefits of collaboratively building an innovative, open, integrated global clinical research system, based on systems thinking and principles of Accountable Research.™

Event Details
Why: Where Clinical Research, Innovation, Collaboration and Systems Thinking Come Together!
Where: OMNI Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Who Will Attend?

SYNERGY will be equally valuable to organizational leaders (decision-makers), and day-to-day practitioners (implementers) from the following:


  • Government Agencies (e.g. NIH, etc.,)
  • Big Pharmas
  • Mid-Size Pharmas
  • Biotech Companies
  • Med Devices Companies


  • For-Profit Hospitals
  • Non-Profit Hospitals
  • For-Profit Academic/Teaching Hospitals
  • Non-Profit Academic/Teaching Hospitals
  • Veterans Hospitals
  • Clinics/Multi-Physician & Others


  • CROs
  • IRBs
  • Technology Providers
  • Legal Services
  • Accounting/Business Svcs.
  • Patient Recruitment Svcs.
  • Lab Services
  • CR Job Placement Services
  • Financial Services


  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Disease-Focused Patient Networks
  • Research Volunteers and Participant


  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Funding Agencies
  • Oversight Agencies
  • Policy Makers
  • Lawmakers


The Roman orator Cicero said that there are only two ways one can learn: (1) from one’s own mistakes, and (2) from the mistakes of others. The latter, he said, is less painful and more profitable. And communications research demonstrates that an element of revelation ensures better learning, and that the engagement model is more effective than a simple “tell” model since there will be not only an abundance of applicable solutions to “take home” and apply, but an appreciation for innovative systems thinking.

In any complex enterprise, people, processes and technology must interact and inevitably impact each other. A successful systems approach recognizes and optimizes these interactions to achieve high-performance outcomes that cannot otherwise be achieved—the synergy of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Using the stories of key leaders, this conference will examine the mistakes being made and opportunities being missed throughout the clinical research ecosystem, and share lessons learned, while developing strategies for improvement and integration. SYNERGY will thus arm attendees from sponsors, CROs, sites, IRBs and others with the skills to not only avoid making similar mistakes but to participate in development of systems solutions.

SYNERGY is dedicated to exploring the challenges, opportunities and benefits of creating innovative, comprehensive systems solutions — and doing it through collaboration across the entire clinical research endeavor. Attendees will experience synergy through a "hands-on" approach - working together with different stakeholders to address issues they all have, but have never gotten together to solve.

SYNERGY will engage clinical research stakeholders in a dialogue about systems thinking, about how it applies to clinical research processes so that together the participants can contribute to designing a next-generation clinical research system – a system built by all stakeholders reflecting the interests of all stakeholders — and can bring the tools and lessons home to their own institutions, business and organizations. The most effective way to shape the future is to build it and through SYNERGY, attendees will be helping to do so.

This first edition of SYNERGY will focus on three key challenges facing the clinical research enterprise:

    1. Protocol/Trial Design
    2. Patient Engagement
    3. Innovative Technologies

By equipping attendees to apply systems thinking, and the right tools, in each of these three discrete areas, your work in each area will become more integrated, efficient and streamlined.

The goal of SYNERGY – indeed the goal of ACRES itself – is to demonstrate how to create an integrated, interoperable ecosystem for clinical research in which every part of the research process will be able to enhance quality and safety, streamline operations, reduce costs, maximize resources and in the end, improve the quality of life for all. These three key challenges are some of the critical components of such a system.

Registration and Pricing
Registration Rates


For ACRES affiliated sites:


For non-ACRES affiliates*:


(i.e. non-site organizations)

For ACRES Allies:


For non-ACRES Alliance Partners*:


*Not already an ACRES Alliance Partner? Learn how to BECOME AN ACRES ALLIANCE PARTNER TODAY (it’s free). Hint: Become an ACRES Alliance Partner first, then register for the conference and save $200 on your registration. Become part of the solution!


To become a SYNERGY Sponsor/Exhibitor and for all other inquiries contact:

Don Buford, CEO, iiBIG
Phone: 212-300-2521 • Email:


The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), a non-profit multi-sector alliance working in the public interest, brings together diverse stakeholders from across the clinical research enterprise and harnesses their expertise and investments to collaboratively build an open, integrated global system, based in principles of Accountable Research™. Adapting lessons from industries that have successfully implemented principles of systems and safety engineering, such as transportation, communications and information technology, this system will employ integrated information technologies and interoperable standards, policies and practices to enhance clinical research safety, quality and efficiency worldwide to benefit all stakeholders, especially patients.

About the iiBIG/ACRES Alliance:

The International Institute for Business Information & Growth LLC (iiBIG) is proud to be an ACRES Strategic Ally. A professional B2B conference company specializing in conferences for the life sciences, investment and cloud technology sectors, iiBIG is collaborating with ACRES to organize the first SYNERGY conference to be held in Boston, October 1-2, 2015.


iiBIG is providing all conference business management, marketing, sales and logistical support for the conference, while the ACRES team is exclusively responsible for confirming all topics and speakers. iiBIG will donate 100% of after-expense conference revenue to ACRES in support of its multi-stakeholder public interest mission.

Then, join us at the OMNI Hotel in Boston on October 1st & 2nd
SYNERGY — Where clinical research innovation, collaboration and systems thinking come together!


Conference Venue Information

OMNI Parker House

60 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Tel: 1-617-227-8600


The block of sleeping rooms at the Omni Parker House for conference attendees at the reduced rate of $299.00 (plus tax) per night expires on Friday, September 4, 2015. The hotel might be willing to extend this discounted rate on a case-by-case basis (based on availability, etc.). While we cannot guarantee that this rate will be available, please contact Marisa Colandrea at and she will try to get you into the hotel at the discounted rate.

About the OMNI Parker Hotel

This grand luxury hotel has been symbolic to Boston’s rich history and culture since 1855. Old-World charm and elegance are accompanied by all of the modern conveniences of a world-class establishment. Nestled in the heart of downtown Boston, Omni Parker House is located along the Freedom Trail and at the foot of Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall marketplace. Omni Parker House is just 2.3 miles from Logan International Airport (10 minutes).

Our hotel offers the perfect destination for the leisure traveler, while our services and amenities appeal to those looking for a first-class business hotel in Boston. Experience the seamless blend of modern amenities and historic charm at America’s longest continuously-operating hotel.

2015 marks the 160th anniversary of our legendary hotel's storied history. In those 160 years, Omni Parker House has established a reputation for impeccable service and hospitality, and our Parker's Restaurant has introduced the world to some delectable culinary classics. Join us for some exciting events as we celebrate all of the things that make Omni Parker House a Boston legend.