Top 2020 Clinical Trial, Research & Regulatory Conferences in United States & Canada


As the Clinical Trial space continues to grow throughout North America, so does industry events. Everything from vendor selection to clinical trial operational effectiveness to regulatory concerns can be found as topics covered at one of these events.

We have gone through hundreds of sites and conferences and published the most comprehensive list of the top 53 conferences and events taking place in United States and Canada for 2020 specific to the Clinical Trial, Clinical Research, Pharma and Regulatory sectors. In chronological order, here’s the list:






The 9th CROWN Congress is the leading industry event to discuss clinical operations challenges, trends, and best practices. By deep diving into the role of the clinical professional, we will touch on relevant topics such as disruptive technology, data management, regulation overview, and the effects that the operations role has on clinical trials. Through innovative technology, enhanced sponsor partnerships, and a focus on patient experience strategies, our mission is to improve the design and execution of clinical trials.


January 22 – 23, 202014th Biosimilars SummitAlexandria, VA
Join CBI’s 14th Biosimilars Summit and explore the current global climate for biosimilars, evaluate competition and benchmark with industry peers on how to navigate the changing regulations and landscape of the biosimilars market.


January 16, 2020Clinical Research Professional Certification Preparation and GCP Review CourseKansas City, KS
The purpose of this workshop is to assist the participant in preparing for the CCRP certification examination.  This course will review the concepts identified in the CCRP Certification Examination Content Outline, as well as the Standards of Practice including the ICH Guidelines and FDA Regulations that govern clinical research practice.


January 21-23, 20209th Trial master file Summit Orlando, FL
The 9th Trial Master File Summit offers attendees premier networking opportunities, access to the TMF community, and endless amounts of critical information to bring back to their teams. Summit participants return to work informed, equipped, and inspired to guide their organization’s TMF to its full potential! New features of this year’s program include: – Increased perspective from CROs – Representation from regulatory authorities – Functional implementation of TMF systems – Risk-based monitoring and processes – Exploring functional areas and their teams – Innovations and advancements in technology – Collaboration with clinical sites.


The 9th CROWN Congress is the leading industry event to discuss clinical operations challenges, trends, and best practices. By deep diving into the role of the clinical professional, we will touch on relevant topics such as disruptive technology, data management, regulation overview, and the effects that the operations role has on clinical trials. Through innovative technology, enhanced sponsor partnerships, and a focus on patient experience strategies, our mission is to improve the design and execution of clinical trials.


January 27-28, 2020Patient Registries, Real World Evidence and HEORMiami, FL
Patient Registries, Real World Evidence and HEOR discusses the latest innovations and best practices for collecting, analyzing and utilizing patient data. From a variety of critical perspectives, you’ll hear about the latest successes and challenges for building and sustaining patient registries and applying Real World and HEOR data. With three dedicated tracks — Patient Registries, RWE, HEOR — the conference focuses on common goals for participants centered on using data to improve treatments and outcomes.


February 9–12, 202014th Clinical Trial Billing & Research Compliance ConferenceNew Orleans, LA
14th Clinical Trial Billing and Research Compliance Conference to be held in New Orleans will help you as a leader in billing compliance. This is the only conference in the country designed to meet the needs of individuals who handle the billing and reimbursement compliance of sites, payers, and the industry! Our speakers have been handpicked for their expertise in their fields and professional reputation within the industry. Speakers will provide tools, new ideas and a core methodology that you can take home to utilize in developing best practices. Our sponsors and exhibitors bring their innovative products and services to the attendees in person, so you can discuss your needs with them at the conference. We hope you plan now to attend and enjoy all that is being prepared to bring you the best conference ever!


February 10-12, 20208th Annual Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings SummitBoston, MA
Each year, this event convenes senior meeting management professionals from the life sciences, medical, and health care industries for empowering ROI-driven conversations, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, shared best practices, and networking. The Summit remains committed to a 1:1 ratio of meeting management professionals to solution providers. Join us at the most productive meeting management industry event.


February 10-12, 20208th Compliance Monitoring, Audit & Risk OversightPhiladelphia, PA
8th year, CBI’s Compliance Monitoring, Audit & Risk Oversight is the leading life sciences event examining how to develop comprehensive compliance programs that enable proactive monitoring activities and continuously assess risk. Engage in a robust discussion on critical issues facing compliance monitoring leaders.


February 18-21, 202011th SCOPE Summit for Clinical OPS Executives Orlando, FL
Celebrating its 11th successful year, SCOPE Summit 2020 takes place February 18-21 in Orlando, FL. Over the course of four stimulating days of in-depth discussions in 20 different conferences, 3 plenary keynote sessions, the annual Participant Engagement Awards, and the ever-popular interactive breakout discussions, the programming focuses on advances and innovative solutions in all aspects of clinical trial planning, management and operations, including: Site Selection and Management, Patient Engagement, Recruitment and Retention, Protocol Optimization, Feasibility, Data Strategy and Analytics, Sensors and Wearables, Project Management, Outsourcing, Forecasting, Budgeting and Contracting, Resource Management, Quality (QbD) in Trial Conduct, Risk-Based Monitoring, Artificial Intelligence, Post-Marketing Studies, Observational Research, Accessing and Generating RWD, Clinical Biomarker Strategy, Clinical Supply Chain, Precision Medicine, Clinical Biomarkers and Biospecimens, and Central Lab Solutions, and an all new track on Medical Device Clinical Trial Operations and Regulations.


February 19-20, 202012th Annual Clinical Data Strategy and AnalyticsOrlando, FL
E-clinical technologies have changed the landscape of the clinical research industry and healthcare IT in general. Digitalization of healthcare data, mobile data capture technologies, and cloud storage of data are a few of the main technological advances that influence clinical data management and analytics. These technological advances have been coupled with novel data visualization solutions, and this powerful duo is helping to develop a new paradigm of data-driven clinical trials. CHI’s 12th Annual Clinical Data Strategy and Analytics conference will be bringing together top clinical research informatics experts to discuss the challenges and find solutions necessary to navigate and thrive in the rapidly changing environment.


February 19-20, 202010th Annual Clinical Trial Forecasting, Budgeting and ContractingOrlando, FL
Companies large and small are taking on more clinical trials and with new designs, it is more critical than ever to develop effective strategies for forecasting, budgeting, negotiating, and contracting both internally and externally with sites, CROs, and other partners. Finance and operations teams must continue to evolve and adapt, especially in light of new and changing regulations and laws. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 10th Annual Clinical Trial Forecasting, Budgeting and Contracting conference will showcase case studies and best practices on effective budgets and clear contracts, finding harmony among all stakeholders, and using innovative tools to streamline the process.


February 19-20, 2020Medical Device Clinical Trial Operations and RegulationsOrlando, FL
The medical device industry comes with its own set of unique challenges when it comes to clinical trials, especially in light of the new medical device regulation coming out of the EU. CHI’s Inaugual Medical Device Clinical Trial Operations and Regulations conference will offer insight into navigating this new regulation ahead of the May 2020 deadline, as well as insights into pre- and post-market studies. The conference will also take a deep dive into risk-based monitoring for device trials and the impact of ICH E6 R2.


February 20-21, 20207th Annual Improving Study Start-Up, Site Activation and Trial PerformanceOrlando, FL
Clinical trial site activation and efficient study start-up for both site-based and remote/de-centralized trials are critical to drug development programs, in terms of time, cost and quality of data. To improve start-up times and outcomes, one needs an experienced clinical research investigator, motivated and capable team members and efficient communication by all. Everyone (Sponsor, CRO, Site) must communicate and execute effectively to improve: the study feasibility process, site investigator’s experience, consent process, rollout and implementation of technologies across a study, contract and budget negotiations, payments, and development of patient recruitment and retention programs. Understanding and planning for the challenges faced by your study participants, investigators, sites and industry partners is the key to improving trial efficiencies and outcomes. Knowing when and where to use and to effectively scale technology is now a must in the age of digital trials. CHI’s 7th Annual “Improving Study Start-Up, Site Activation and Trial Performance” will cover the topics one should consider when strategically implementing a process for rapid study start-up, whether with sites or for de-centralized trials.


February 20-21, 2020 6th Annual  Managing Outsourced Clinical TrialsOrlando, FL
As more clinical trial activities are outsourced to CROs and other third-party vendors, and as those CROs and vendors grow in their capabilities, it is more important than ever for sponsors and vendors to develop strong partnerships and establish themselves as partners of choice. CHI’s 6th Annual Managing Outsourced Clinical Trials conference features case studies and lessons learned from sponsors and CROs on managing relationships, vendor quality and performance in light of the new ICH E6 R2 changes, and how to build beneficial partnerships that effectively manage resources.


February 20-21, 20209th Annual Clinical Technology and InnovationOrlando, FL
Digital technology, mobile solutions, novel data collection modalities, and integrative systems are becoming game-changing features of modern clinical trials. However, the adoption of novel technology solutions to improve overall outcomes and garner operational efficiencies has been slower than expected. CHI’s 9th Annual Clinical Technology and Innovation conference will be featuring a broad array of topics, such as digitalization of clinical trials, machine learning, implementation and adoption strategies, and more.


Arena International is thrilled to announce return of the leading clinical outsourcing and operations conference on the West Coast! This 12th OCT West Coast edition will be hosted in San Francisco on 3-4th March 2020.


March 8-11, 202016th Annual PHARMA FORUM 2020New York, NY
Join us at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on March 8-11 to see why Pharma Forum is the largest, most influential event for the world’s leading life sciences meeting management professionals. We’re elevating the experience in 2020 with 55 expert speakers, expanded interactive formats to complement learning styles, customized programming based on experience level and new content streams.


March 16–18, 202011TH PROACTIVE GCP COMPLIANCEPhiladelphia, PA
It’s eleventh year, ExL’s Proactive GCP Compliance conference continues to act as the annual forum for both senior-level clinical quality and clinical operations executives to gather, learn and discuss strategies to achieve and maintain global GCP compliance. Join us to learn how to effectively build quality risk management approaches into your clinical operations to optimize research, maintain GCP compliance, contain costs and ensure patient safety.


March 16-19, 202016th Life Sciences Accounting & Reporting CongressPhiladelphia, PA
16th Life Sciences Accounting & Reporting Congress drives practice alignment and business strategy. As the marketplace increases in complexity and technical standards change, Pharma / Biotech / Device Finance and Accounting leaders must stay ahead on regulations and trends. The Congress convenes over 100 speakers and over 500 attendees each year, with over 90% of the audience noting the event as a valuable must-attend meeting!


March 24-25, 2020CTO 2020 Clinical Trials ConferenceToronto, Canada
Clinical Trials Ontario is a leading organization in the clinical trials community dedicated to strengthening, promoting and capitalizing on Ontario’s competitive advantages for conducting high-quality clinical trials. We work collaboratively with industry, research institutes, patients and the public and other health innovation organizations to improve the clinical trials environment and attract investment to the province, while supporting the highest ethical and quality standards.


March 25-26, 2020FDA Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance and GCP ConferenceSan Francisco, CA
SOCRA is pleased to offer this conference that is jointly sponsored with District/Regional offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This conference on FDA’s clinical trial requirements is designed to aid the Clinical Research Professional’s understanding of the mission, responsibilities and authority of the FDA and to facilitate interaction with FDA representatives.


March 30-31, 2020Digital Technology in Clinical TrialsBoston, MA
Digital technology is transforming the drug development process. The rise of wearable and mobile devices, along with cloud technology and machine learning, enables the collection of frequent, specific, and multidimensional data throughout the length of trials. These technologies have the potential to enable innovative trial designs, improve the patient experience, act as recruitment and retention tools, and establish novel endpoints in clinical studies. With these technologies, large amounts of data are collected, and validation, standardization, and ethical concerns, as well as regulatory hurdles, are key issues to address in the digital era. DIA’s Digital Technology in Clinical Trials Conference will bring together thought-leaders from regulatory agencies, biotech, pharmaceutical, patients, and academia to discuss the latest advances, challenges, and forward-thinking approaches for implementing digital technologies to improve clinical trials.


March 31 -April 1st, 20209th annual OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS SOUTHEAST 2020Durham, North Carolina
The 9th annual edition welcomed pharmaceutical companies across the Research Triangle Park who got together to share knowledge and issues regarding clinical trial supplies, both with regards to operational and technological challenges. Over the two days, delegates discussed issues which affected their business in our dedicated two day conference.


The goal of the Trial Master File + Clinical Document Management Conference is to bring in presentations that deliver helpful, tangible, and actionable real-world tips and knowledge to attendees that they can return to the office with, implement within their organization and share with their team, whether they are a sponsor, CRO or site.


April 6-8, 20209th Annual Clinical Trial Innovation SummitCambridge, MA
9th Annual Clinical Trial Innovation Summit brings together 300+ leaders from across pharma, biotech and academia for the perfect blend of high-quality presentations and intimate networking. Through case studies, workshops, interactive discussions and an active exhibit hall, the summit delivers the real-world experiences and best practices needed to optimize clinical trial innovation, planning and management.


April 19 -22, 2020MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference – 2020 EastPhiladelphia, PA
100+ sessions and workshops in six tracks: clinical operations & project management, site management, contracts, budgets & billing, regulatory compliance, and special topics. 22+ CME, CNE, CLE, CCB and other credits. 700+ attendees. Early bird discounts. Group rates. Money-back satisfaction guarantee.


This event is targeted at management roles from both big and small bio-pharmaceutical companies involved in the operational sector of oncology trials. We invite industry individuals with decision-making authority and lead experience in oncology studies to pinpoint the most effective strategies to combat issues faced in oncology trials and to ensure for the implementation of these solutions.


April 21-23,202019 Annual Bio-IT World Conference & ExpoBoston, MA
Since its debut in 2002, the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo is the world’s premier event showcasing technologies and analytic approaches that solve problems, accelerate science, and drive the future of precision medicine. Bio-IT World unites an ecosystem of over 3,000 leading life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, informatics and technology experts in the field of biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and healthcare from around the world. With this united community, Bio-IT World is the place to explore the future of precision medicine and the technologies that are powering it.


April 23-24, 202014th Annual Device Research & Regulatory ConferenceBoston,MA
This annual medical device conference, now in its 14th year, provides attendees with a main program preceded by a half-day device basics workshop. The entire program features over 13 experts presenting topics to assist those in roles specific to medical device design, development, testing, analysis, and post market management.


April 23-24, 2020International Conference on Clinical Drug Development, Clinical Trial Phases and TechnologyNew York, NY
The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.


April 29th – May 1st, 2020Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress (PCC)Washington, DC
The largest and most power-packed event for compliance professionals in the bio/pharmaceutical industry returns for the most in-depth and impactful event yet! Backed by 16 years of high-quality content, CBI’s Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress (PCC) serves as the industry gold standard for compliance excellence, attracting 500 industry leaders annually. Join us in April, when the brightest minds and most influential stakeholders in compliance unite with an unmatched speaking faculty, meaningful networking and strategic content.


Join the clinical research community ACRP 2020, the premier education and networking event for clinical research professionals.


 May 13-14, 2020CLINICAL TRIAL SUPPLY WEST COAST 2020Burlingame, CA
The Clinical Trail Supply series is a unique platform for clinical trial sponsors and solution providers. This event is aimed at enabling knowledge-sharing, benchmarking and network-building amongst biopharma industry peers.


May 19 – 20, 2020Arena Outsourcing in Clinical Trials East Coast
King of Prussia, PA
4G Clinical, the premier partner in innovative randomization and trial supply management (RTSM) solutions for the global life sciences industry, is exhibiting at Arena’s Outsourcing in Clinical Trials (OCT)East Coast taking place in King of Prussia, PA on May 19–20, 2020. We’re excited to connect with key industry leaders in clinical operations, outsourcing and procurement and collaborate on solutions to the most current operational and outsourcing challenges.


June 2-3, 20204th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress CanadaMontreal, Canada
convenes top Canadian compliance practitioners and leading experts to discuss effective strategies to achieve organization-wide compliance, from the compliance and legal teams to the oversight of the promotional marketing and sales teams. Join your Canadian colleagues for robust conversations on the top issues facing industry today.


June 10-11, 2020BIO International ConventionSan Diego, CA
The BIO International Convention is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. The key benefits of attending the BIO International Convention are access to global biotech and pharma leaders via BIO One-on-One Partnering, exposure to industry thought-leaders with over 1,500 education sessions at your fingertips, and unparalleled networking opportunities with 17,000+ attendees from 74 countries.


June, 20209th Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory Operations and Submissions ConferencePhiladelphia, PA
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology products become exceedingly more complex, the necessary information to procure a positive regulatory review and submission approval has rapidly changed. The continued push for harmonized global regulations and impact of new technological capabilities has confronted regulatory operations executives with a multitude of hurdles to overcome while ensuring timely and compliant dossier submissions. Bringing together regulatory operations and submission executives at this annual program, allows organizations to learn best practices in the compilation, formatting and submission of a variety of approval applications.


June 18-19, 2020International Conference on Clinical Drug Development Technologies and Trial DesignToronto, Canada
The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.


June 24-25, 2020OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS – Medical DevicesIrvine, California
Join medical device experts to discuss new trends and opportunities and learn how they optimize their clinical operations enabling you to stay ahead of the game. Find the right solution providers to partner with, allowing you to accelerate your trial timelines.


The Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials East Coast event will be returning to Boston for its  9th year for another interactive and solution driven event. The event will provide 2 days of case studies, networking and thought provoking discussion with over 200 industry leading professionals.


September 13-16, 2020Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM)San Antonio, TX
The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) founded in 1994, is a non-profit, international organization of 2,400+ members, serving Clinical Data Management and Research Professionals across the globe.


8th International Conference on Clinical Trials to be held in New York, USA during September 18-19, 2020. The Conference brings together Academicians, Researchers, Doctors, Principle Investigators, Clinical research sites, CROs, CMOs, Investors, and senior executives from Biotech, Biopharma, Biomedical, Medical devices and Pharmaceutical industries around the globe to discuss, reflect on and develop their ideas. It offers many opportunities for professional contact and development, and is a great networking event.


September 21-24, 2020THE BIOTECH CONFERENCE Boston, MA
Be a part of the festival of leading events spanning the drug development value chain, giving you access to the most inventive scientific minds and business leaders in Boston and around the world.


September 22-23, 2020MedDevice MedTech Congress Boston, MA
CBI’s MedDevice MedTech Congress unites senior-level compliance and legal professionals for robust discussions on the latest enforcement trends, compliance challenges and financial reporting matters to more effectively manage risk and mitigate liability.


September 22-23,2020DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical TrialsBoston, MA
DPharm is the annual event for clinical operation professionals to get the best access to innovative ideas, especially disruptive ones, to advance drug development with a view to reducing the burden to patients and investigators. Attendees leave DPharm with a host of ideas to solve current challenges in clinical trials and better prepared for the expectations for 21st Century drug development with an extended network of strategic level thinkers.


September 25- 27, 2020Elevating the Clinical Research Profession and Transforming the World of Clinical ResearchLas Vegas, NV
For the 29th year, SOCRA will welcome clinical research professionals from across the world. Located in Las Vegas, NV at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, this three day conference will offer current information and tools, best practices, and training to assure that you’re up-to-date and compliant in your clinical research practice. The program will feature over 100 academic sessions, a peer-driven poster session, and an exhibit program.


The 12th edition of the Outsourcing in Clinical Trials New England returns to Boston, bringing together over 600 delegates for an intellectually driven two-day program which will include numerous panels, debates, interviews and case-study specific presentations.


October 20-22, 202011th Annual Life Sciences West Coast Compliance CongressSan Francisco, CA
Life Sciences West Coast Compliance Congress serves as industry’s “go-to” event for innovative bio/pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic compliance and legal professionals. This year is projected to be the most in-depth and impactful yet. Backed by eleven years of high-quality content, this must-attend congress continues to elevate the bar in compliance by convening the brightest minds and most influential stakeholders to converse on the unique compliance challenges and risks, from pre-launch to commercial, within life sciences.


October 21-22, 202018th Clinical Trials Innovation Programme San Francisco, CA
Top-level Industry leaders from around 25+ Countries come to join CTIP and leave with an exceptional experience that they return to the conferences year after year.


October 22-23, 2020Clinical Research Monitoring and GCP WorkshopPhiladelphia, PA
The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) recognizes the continuing need for education for Clinical Research Professionals. Clinical Research Monitoring is an evolving practice. The purpose of this workshop is to assist Research Site Coordinators, Quality Assurance Auditors, and CRAs/Monitors in improving their skills and their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Clinical Research Associate/Monitor. Although designed with all research professionals in mind, this program is ideal for Research Study Coordinators who want to improve the understanding of their responsibilities and interactions with their Clinical Research Monitors, and for Monitors/Auditors/Project Managers with 0-5 years monitoring experience who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of monitoring responsibilities.


Arena International are delighted to announce OCT SoCal will be returning to La Jolla in October 2020 for another fantastic year.


November 15-18, 2020 MAGI’s Clinical Research Conference – 2020 WestSan Francisco, CA
100+ sessions and workshops in six tracks: clinical operations & project management, site management, contracts, budgets & billing, regulatory compliance, and special topics. 22+ CME, CNE, CLE, CCB and other credits. 700+ attendees. Early bird discounts. Group rates. Money-back satisfaction guarantee.


November 18-19,2020FDA Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance and GCP ConferenceOrlando, FL
This two-day conference , jointly Sponsored with the FDA, will share information regarding clinical research regulations and GCP guidelines and discuss methods to aid the research professional in their practice.


McDougall Scientific

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Providing 40 years of quality service, McDougall Scientific is one of the most experienced Clinical Research Organizations around, focused on Clinical Trial Design, Statistical Analysis and Clinical Data Management. We invite you to see how we exceed our clients’ expectations.