N2 News

N2 V.7 SOPs now available!

The N2 SOPs Version 7 with an effective date of May 15, 2017 are now available to N2 members. They include English and French versions. Please do not share them outside of N2. If you are interested in finding out how to become a member of N2, please click here.

N2 Partnerships

N2 Has Partnered With the Metrics Champion Consortium and Life Sciences Ontario

N2 is proud to announce two new partnerships that will continue to expand the high-quality resource and training offerings available to members. Formal agreements have been signed with the Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC), and Life Sciences Ontario (LSO).

The Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC)—a trusted partner in the clinical trials industry—identifies what to measure, how to assess the critical components of what is changing and how the industry is responding to address the changes to make improvements. MCC continually brings you new insights into the leading trends within the industry.

N2 and MCC are working together to develop mutually attractive benefits for the two organizations and their members. Through the N2-MCC collaboration, MCC’s eLearning and Master Certification Programs will be available to N2 members at a substantial discount. Participants will gain expertise in the design, implementation and effective use of clinical research performance metrics. eLearning courses include The Elements that Make Metrics EffectiveDeveloping Effective Metrics Using a Structured Process and Effective Metric Visualizations to Gain Valuable Performance Insights. The Master Certification Program allows participants to apply the knowledge they have gained from the eLearning courses to an independent project relevant to their organizations. Certification program participants receive one-on-one guidance from an MCC advisor and upon successfully completing the program receive an MCC Metric Master Certificate. This is one example of the benefit that the collaboration with MCC brings!

For more information about MCC metric sets & tools, metric education programs and how you can participate in MCC work groups, please visit www.metricschampion.org. Instructions regarding how N2 members can access the education programs at a discounted rate will be shared with N2 members as these details become available.  Specific questions can be directed to N2’s coordinating office at n2@n2canada.ca.

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) is a member-driven organization that represents and promotes the province’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector. LSO collaborates with governments, academia, industry, and other life science organizations in Ontario and across Canada to promote and encourage commercial success throughout the sector. Membership in Life Sciences Ontario includes individuals, students, emerging companies, investors, service providers, and companies with marketed products. The organization provides a wide range of networking and educational events, and operates a mentorship program that is helping to develop highly-skilled talent and build new business opportunities for the life sciences sector. LSO is an effective conduit for delivering policy options to governments, and is dedicated to promoting Ontario’s life sciences sector internationally.

N2 and LSO will collaboratively promote membership benefits of each others’ organizations, events, and educational opportunities.  More details on this partnership will be provided to members as they become available.

For more information, please visit www.lifesciencesontario.ca

Updated REB SOP 701

Notice: Updated REB SOP 701

Please note that REB SOP 701 has been updated to version 701.002_1 and is effective immediately. The revisions are described in the SOP History at the end of the document. This is a minor revision, in keeping with recent policy changes, and the SOP retains the version 2 date of March 8, 2016.

The REB SOPs are specific to ethics boards that review health sciences research and are compliant with applicable Canadian and US regulatory, and ethics guidance criteria. The implementation of the REB SOPs will facilitate the distribution, adoption and maintenance of a single standard for REBs in Canada.

Access to the REB SOP documents and associated information can be obtained from the following link:  https://oicronca.box.com/s/ro3y57gpwhfmyp9oomeyr74jmwh9smcd

The previous version of the document will be archived and accessible.

 The V.1 N2 CAREB REB SOPs will be moved to Archive V.1 N2 CAREB REB SOP folder so they remain accessible.

NOTE: Comments, questions and other feedback should be directed to the REB SOP Committee Chair, Alison van Nie at alison.vannie@oicr.on.ca


Membership Survey

In efforts to continue to provide N2 members with the most relevant resources and tools to help you with your work, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey so that you can let us know your thoughts on the value N2 brings to your organization, how we can help you communicate about N2 to your colleagues, what you think N2 does well, and where it needs improvement. N2 is here to serve our membership, so we encourage you to provide us with feedback to make N2 a better organization.

The survey should only take about 10 minutes, with the majority of the questions on the first page.  We value your responses, and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide feedback.

Take the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/iRDHHWbenuxnFgWv2

N2 Office Expands

N2 is excited to announce the hiring of a business development specialist and a communications specialist to support our important work.

The Business Development Specialist will work with the N2 Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic membership growth plan.  The Communication Specialist will assist N2 with all our internal and external communications needs including the development of a variety of promotional materials.

Dawn Richards is N2’s new Business Development Specialist. She has a PhD in analytical chemistry, and has worked in various roles in the research field, ranging from being a bench scientist to a business development officer.  Dawn has been the Project Manager of the N2 Clinical Trials Education and Awareness Committee since October 2014. In her role, she has helped the committee work with patients and caregivers on developing the website www.itstartswithme.ca and the accompanying video on the site.  She has also helped in the dissemination of these and other committee-developed resources. She is excited about her new role as our Business Development Specialist which began October 17th.  Dawn can be reached at dawn.richards@n2canada.ca.

Kate Darling is the N2’s new Communication Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Communication in Information Design from Mount Royal University. Her professional background includes working with business associations and non-profit organizations to increase their online presence and manage their stakeholder communications. Kate will be helping N2 develop and implement marketing materials, communication strategies, and a social media presence. Her interest in clinical trials and advancing medical care in Canada stems from experience through a lengthy family medical history, and the hope that future Canadians will be faced with fewer health challenges. Kate can be reached at kate.darling@n2canada.ca.

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N2 Increases Awareness of Clinical Trials!

As part of N2’s efforts to increase awareness of clinical trials with its membership and beyond, N2, in collaboration with N2 member the Huntington Society of Canada, teamed up to present a webinar on clinical trials and Huntington disease on October 1, 2016. This webinar focused on what clinical trials are, why they are important and what a potential participant can expect when first being approached about a clinical trial.  There was also information on Huntington disease clinical trials and how to get involved.If you are interested in the webinar, you can view it on N2’s Youtube channel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTAv6NkiMao.  If you would like to co-host a webinar with N2 to spread the word about clinical trials, please contact Dawn Richards.