Sites NOW

Evolving Best Practices for Site Success.

Decentralized Trials

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:30am - 1:30pm EST  
Host: Sites NOW
By: Amanda Rangel, Executive Vice President, Virtual Trial Solutions, VirTrial; Jimmy Bechtel, Vice President, Site Engagement and Innovation, Society for Clinical Research Sites; and Sean Soth, SVP, Strategy & Global Business Partnerships, SCRS

In 2019, the concept of decentralized trials seemed uncertain and a challenge to the site business model.  In fact, the SCRS Global Impact Partner community determined that informing industry and evolving virtual studies should be among the highest priorities for SCRS audiences.  Initiatives, training, and industry support followed, ahead of COVID-19, which has changed research forever.  Join Sites NOW supporters to discuss decentralized trials and the lessons learned during the pandemic that could inform patient interactions now and always.  Will discuss:

  • The path ahead for site/tech partnership
  • Where advantages and gaps still lie for study design
  • How hybrid and virtual studies have evolved SOP


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Amanda Rangel
Amanda Rangel

Executive Vice President, Virtual Trial Solutions, VirTrial

Amanda has spent 15 years in the clinical research industry serving a variety of functions including clinical research coordinator, patient recruitment and engagement specialist, Operations Lead for a US based site network, as well as global business development director for both a self-owned business serving a network of independent sites to the largest site network in the world. Amanda is now fortunate to lead VirTrial's integration of telehealth into the clinical research industry. 

Jimmy Bechtel
Jimmy Bechtel (Host)

Vice President, Site Engagement and Innovation, Society for Clinical Research Sites

Jimmy Bechtel is the Society for Clinical Research Sites' (SCRS) director of innovation and engagement. He brings experience from both the site and sponsor sides of the clinical research industry to his critical role with SCRS. Jimmy provided a variety of support within the site spectrum in previous positions as data specialist, patient recruiter and operations manager. On the pharma side where he worked in innovation project management, Jimmy utilized his previous professional experience to encourage a site-centric environment and create ease for sites working with a major sponsor company. This multifaceted background allows Jimmy to bring a unique perspective to the work he does on behalf of the sites. At SCRS, Jimmy is in charge of developing and executing the company's global impact partner and member-facing initiatives, and works closely with key industry partners to build out various SCRS partnership program

Sean Soth
Sean Soth

SVP, Strategy & Global Business Partnerships, SCRS

"Site success impacts everyone in research" is the mission that drives Sean and his team as Vice President of Business Partnerships for SCRS. With more than 15 years experience in clinical business development and a background in association management, Sean works to connect sponsors, CROs and solution providers within the SCRS community.