Over the last five years, the CSS has grown from its infant years, passed through adolescence and matured into a successful collaboration leading to innovation within our industry. This years Symposium commenced on the Sunday evening with a welcome and introduction to the great work being done across the Working Groups and all the projects. Working Group volunteers had opportunities to network with their fellow colleagues, put names to faces, and look forward to the next two days.
The first-ever 'Semantics 101 for Pharma' workshop helped bridge the gap between legacy clinical data processes and the introduction of innovative ways to look at clinical information. Thirty people registered and over 50 attended, showing the significant interest in this topic.
The annual FDA session on Monday, introduced us to real things happening within the FDA, including an update on the guidance, the reality of what is being seen in the CDISC data being received, and the importance of the data reviewer guides published by PhUSE projects. Over 30 posters were presented on a variety of topics and a number of Working Groups proposed new projects.
By the end of the event, there was significant excitement around current and new projects and while all attendees understood the challenges identified are not easy to solve, everyone was eager to roll up their sleeves and execute what could be achieved through collaboration. As one new attendee said after the event, "the collaboration among industry, regulatory agencies, and standards organisations was a formula for success. I could see everyone working together to solve problems and explore new concepts, and the amount of progress the groups made in a short time frame was extraordinary".
Thank you to everyone that contributed to yet another extremely successful Symposium, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017.