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Expert from Teva Pharmaceuticals about advantages of conducting clinical trials in CEE

Expert from Teva Pharmaceuticals about advantages of conducting clinical trials in CEE

Publish date: 2014-04-11

There are plenty of Contract Research Organizations operating in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. Pharmaceutical giants from all around the world are conducting clinical trails connected to development of their novel pharmaceuticals with their assistance, often preferring them over domestic companies. What is the reason? Dr. Yafit Stark, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer in Teva Pharmaceuticals, gave us her insight on that topic.

Tags: clinical trials , bioforum 2014 , Teva , Teva Pharmaceuticals , Yatif Stark

Dr. Stark will visit Poland in May. She will be a speaker at BioForum 2014, an event gathering scientific and business society connected to life sciences from Central Europe and other parts of the globe. More information about this event is presented on its official website:

What are in your opinion the main differences regarding pharmaceutcal sector in CEE and more developed regions like Western Europe or North America?

Dr. Yafit Stark: CEE Region include large countries with high availability of patients for clinical trials. The ICH* guidelines have been implemented and quality of data in clinical trials following training is good.

* - The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH)

What differences in your opinion positively distinguish the CEE region and how can we develop them further to maximize growth opportunities in CEE?

Dr. Yafit Stark: The CEE region include large native patients population which were exposed less to new expensive innovative products. Therefore physicians and patients are more likely to participate in clinical trials and get benefit from best care and new drugs and technologies. The GCP guidelines are being followed and quality of data collected is relatively good.

CEE is said to be an attractive region for conducting clinical trials. Would you agree with this statement?

Dr. Yafit Stark: Agree. Very high numbers of patients that are currently enrolled into clinical trials are based in CEE region.

Does Teva have any experience in conducting clinical trials in the CEE region?

Dr. Yafit Stark: We have very good experience over the last 15 years with the conduct of trials in CEE. We conduct clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas such as CNS [Central Nervous System], AI [Anti Inflamatory], Women Health and Respiratory.

We are very pleased to welcome you as a Key Note Speaker at the upcoming BioForum 2014. Could you please describe what topics will you focus on?

Dr. Yafit Stark: I intended to talk about the biotechnology innovation and the Israeli model for supporting it through Incubators. This model may be also used by other counties, in order to encourage support in new ideas for biotechnology.

Dr. Yafit Stark - profile

Yafit Stark, PhD, joined Teva in 1987. From 1991 to 1994 she was based in the US, where she established the Innovative R&D Division of Teva USA. She was responsible for the clinical development of Copaxone – Teva's blockbuster. Dr. Stark then established and managed the Innovative R&D Division’s global clinical research and clinical development of all innovative products at Teva.

Today she holds the position of Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer in Teva Pharmaceuticals.

She is an active member of “Tnufa”, the Project Funding Evaluation Committee of the Chief Scientist’s Office at the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Israeli Research Association for Eye Health and Blindness Prevention and the International Association for Fighting Best Disease, and on the Advisory Board of Xenia Venture Capital, an investment company operating a technological incubator in support of high-technology startup companies in Israel.

Dr. Yafit Stark arrives on BioForum at the special invitation from KCR S.A. company - the official sponsor of BioForum 2014.

by Tomasz Domagała


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