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In this newsletter:
● Looking back at PHUSE EU Connect 2020
● Project case: Sorgente
● Free webinar “ADaM and Define‑XML” by PSDM and OCS
● Measuring the effect of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) on mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic using global mobility data
● Managing expectations in the life sciences industry: finding the balance
Looking back at PHUSE EU Connect 2020
The 16th PHUSE EU Connect, which took place from 9th to 13th of November, was this year significantly different from previous events, of course mostly due to it being virtual instead of physical. The event was set in a new format, consisting of a combination of a live event week and pre-recorded sessions.
However, it still contained all the elements that make up a real PHUSE Connect, including two inspirational keynotes, over 150 quality presentations, a poster session, instructive hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions and three amazing social events.
OCS Life Sciences has contributed to this years’ event with four pre-recorded presentations, a live poster presentation and a live software demonstration:
- Kai Wanke: "Application Development (AD09) - Breaking boundaries: Working across different workspaces in LSAF"
- Pournima Prabhakaran: "Data Visualisation (DV08) - Template based graph generation in Python and its maintenance in Git"
- Fatima Kassim and Louella Schoemacher: "Standards Implementation (SI05) - Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food"
- Joske van Schijndel: "Standards Implementation (SI07) - Pooling lab data to support FDA submission: keep it clear and simple"
- Sofia Vale: "Poster Presentations (PP02) - Defining Standards: Challenges and Solutions in the Development of Define-XML for SDTM and ADaM"
- Jules van der Zalm and Lieke Gijsbers: "Enhanced Software Demonstrations - Software demo of the Mapping Engine – making the conversion of clinical data faster, easier, and cheaper"
For persons registered to the PHUSE EU Connect 2020, both the pre-recorded and live content is available to view on demand in the ON24 Engagement Hub. Are you not able to view the on demand content, but are you interested in of our presentations or should you have any questions after viewing our presentations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
A big thank you to everyone involved who made this event a great success, and let’s hope that we can connect in-person in Belfast next year during the 17th PHUSE EU Connect!
Project case: Sorgente
Sorgente is a Dutch company specialised in medical nutrition. They work with manufacturers of medical nutrition, healthcare professionals and health insurance companies to optimise medical nutrition care for patients. Not only do they supply medical nutrition, they also have a customer care service that both users and health care professionals can contact whenever they have questions about medical nutrition.
"When working with OCS we learned how our data is stored 'behind the scenes'. These insights give us the ability to become an even more data-driven company." - Karin Kemp, Sorgente
Being a specialist in medical nutrition, Sorgente possesses a large database with information about patients, prescriptions and orders. The aim of this project was to analyse the data and use the outcomes for a poster presentation at ESPEN (an annual European nutrition congress) as well as for a campaign launched by Sorgente.
The goal of the campaign was to identify patient characteristics and order behaviour of compliant patients, following up on the previous campaign which was about getting to know the patients better and better each day. Another part of the new campaign was to share these insights with prescribers in order to stimulate patients’ compliance and thereby enhance their health benefits and wellbeing.
However, while the database was there, the means and time to kick-off the project were lacking. To help Sorgente to structure and analyse their data, Louella Schoemacher, statistical programmer at OCS Life Sciences, started an assignment on site in June 2020.
Free webinar “ADaM and Define‑XML” by PSDM and OCS
PSDM and OCS Life Sciences organise a free webinar: “Introduction to CDISC ADaM and Define-XML”. This webinar, presented by Lieke Gijsbers (CDISC expert at OCS Life Sciences), will introduce you to the world of the CDISC Analysis Data Model and its descriptor, Define-XML v2.0.
This event will be held on Tuesday December 8, 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00 (CET). Attendance is free.
Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll contact you once registration is open.
Measuring the effect of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) on mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic using global mobility data
By among others Mariska Burger and Berber Snoeijer.
The implementation of governmental Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) has been the primary means of controlling the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The intended effect of these NPIs has been to reduce mobility.
A strong reduction in mobility is believed to have a positive effect on the reduction of COVID-19 transmission by limiting the opportunity for the virus to spread in the population. Due to the huge costs of implementing these NPIs, it is essential to have a good understanding of their efficacy.
Using global mobility data, released by Apple and Google, and ACAPS NPI data, we investigate the proportional contribution of NPIs on i) size of the change (magnitude) of transition between pre- and post-lockdown mobility levels and ii) rate (gradient) of this transition.
Managing expectations in the life sciences industry: finding the balance
By Mariska Burger Senior Senior Biostatistician/Statistical Programmer and Rajashree Yellur Biostatistician
Expectations are the belief that we have regarding the certainty of something occurring or happening. Expectations also describe an action that is supposed or expected to happen. Each one of us faces some sort of expectations either personally from yourself, friends and family or professionally from clients, managers and team members.
Meeting all these expectations and finding a balance between realistic and unrealistic expectations can be a daunting task. Expectations can either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block. It can drive you to achieve more, perform better and work smarter or it can be a huge frustration and lead to poor performance, stress, anxiety and lower confidence.
In the life sciences industry managing expectations becomes increasingly important as the pressure to produce high quality output within shorter timelines increases. In this presentation we will explore ways to manage expectations from clients, managers, team members and colleagues, as well as your own expectations. We will share some examples from our own personal experience and some tips on how to find the balance so that expectations will act as stepping stones to perform at a higher level and to become a better you.