@tonyparham Twitter Digest (2011-08-21)

August 22nd, 2011

Video of Clintara “Best Case Study” At Life Sciences Event

July 31st, 2011


A recent post described my participation in the Life Sciences Technology Insight event at the Harvard Club in Boston Massachusetts.  As Clintara‘s Director of Technology I gave a presentation (along with a colleague from Astra Zeneca) describing Clintara’s services and new technologies (including utilization of a smartpen and our new iPad prototype).

We were pleased to win the audience’s award for Best Innovative Case Study Presentation.  (Above picture shows me receiving the award from Bill Sell, Vice President & General Manager of CrossTech Forums.) As promised, I have posted the video from that event in this post.

Below is a brief overview/preview (5 minutes) of the presentation.  (Note: The entire presentation can be viewed by scrolling further down this page.)

The entire presentation (40 minutes) can be viewed below.


@tonyparham Twitter Digest (2011-07-10)

July 11th, 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks!

July 3rd, 2011

One of the things which I enjoy is the annual July 4th fireworks display in Boston.  Below are some interesting links and video which show the behind the scenes activities, and some related stories/info.

  • The rhythm of the rockets – A master pyrotechnician synchronizes the dazzling fireworks with music for Boston’s 2011 Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade.
  • The official website for the Boston Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade
  • 2009 WSJ article re: NYC’s fireworks behind the scenes activities
  • A Bulgarian blogger experiences the 2010 Boston fireworks as the best in the world
  • An interesting July 4th story / parable (and more links)
  • Below video shows an interesting 2009 tour of the Boston fireworks barge.  (If the video is not visible, refresh your browser view, and/or click here. Adobe Flash is required to play the video.  Can also try this link, which requires free registration.)

Clintara wins award for Best Innovative Case Study Presentation

June 23rd, 2011

At last week’s Life Sciences Technology Insight event, Clintara won the audience’s award for Best Innovative Case Study Presentation.

As Clintara’s Director of Technology / CTO, I gave the initial segment of the presentation, in which I shared regarding the problems which pharmaceutical companies experience when launching new drugs (particularly in regards to drugs for central nervous system diseases).  I gave an overview of Clintara’s services (training, certification and diligence), described our smart pen functionality, and gave the audience a preview of our brand-new, native iPad training prototype.

I then introduced Astra Zeneca’s Ellis Wilson, who gave an excellent overview of the challenges which the pharmaceutical industry has experienced in regards to the increased incidence of noncompliant patients, inappropriate patients, and financially motivated patients.  Ellis presented data from several clinical trials and described how these patients created issues with the clinical trial data.  Ellis also shared how new technologies (such as those provided by Clintara) were beneficial in decreasing unwanted data variability.

I will post a link to the video of the presentation when it becomes available…. (Edit: Here it is!)


@tonyparham Twitter Digest (2011-06-12)

June 13th, 2011

Life Sciences Technology Insight

May 30th, 2011
June 13-14, 2011, Harvard club, Boston Massachusetts
Now there is an executive summit for busy Life Sciences IT professionals.  It is a two day program that will cover technology advances on both sides of the drug approval process:
  • eClinical Ecosystem and the stages in clinical trials management.
  • Business Ecosystem looking at the issues of manufacturing and supply chain management, sourcing, direct-to-consumer programs, quality management/safety, distribution and revenue leakage issues.

As Director of Technology for Clintara, I will be one of the keynote presenters at this event.  Go to the life sciences technology insight website for more information.

Anticipated panels with participation of Clintara-affiliated personnel at Life Sciences Technology Insight event:

  • 2:30 PM on Tuesday, June 14 panel on “R&D Productivity – How Can IT Make Improvements”
  • 10:00 AM Wednesday “Digital Clinical Trials in 2016 – Are You Keeping Up with Innovation?”
  • 10:30 AM Wednesday panel “Everything’s Going ‘e’ – Exploring the New Developments in eClinical Trials Systems”

Anticipated Clintara-affiliated particpants at Life Sciences Technology Insight event:

  • Jerry S. Grupp, Senior Director, Project Management, ICON Central Laboratories
  • Ellis Wilson, Senior Director, Project Coordination, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • Stephen Saber, Chief Operating Officer, Clintara LLC
  • Tony Parham, Director of Technology, Clintara LLC

Click here if you are not able to see the above video.


Repetitive Strain Injury

May 30th, 2011

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) continues to be a malody which afflicts many persons who do certain fine-motor-muscle tasks (typing, playing musical instruments, chopping food, assembling parts on a manufacturing line, etc.) repetitively over a long period of time. The results (in certain persons) can be inflammation of tendons, pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and inability to function with that particular lamb (finger, wrist, arm, etc.). Afflictions which fall in the umbrella of RSI include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, tendinitis and others. RSI may also be referred to as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD).

Some statistics point to RSI as being the most costly injury faced by industry.  For example, I was in a recent presentation by a voice-recognition software manufacturer, in which they indicated that Intel (one of their customers) has actually deployed software throughout its firm which monitors the number of keystrokes which each employee types.   Once the employee has exceeded a certain threshold of keystrokes for that time period, the employee is required to go home for the rest of the week.  I was unable to verify this fact, but it sounds plausible.

RSI is more easily prevented than cured.  Accordingly, here are some resources to give you more information on the topic.



RSI Symptoms3

“The Continuum of RSI” table from Dr. Emil Pascarelli’s book


Additional information for MUSICIANS

  •  A Painful Melody – Prevention & Treatment of Musicians’ Injuries
    “How quickly you recover from injury is directly related to how long you continued to play through pain or discomfort. In cases of severe injury, complete recovery is not possible. However, if you are proactive, acknowledge that something is wrong, and come up with a plan to correct things before you are severely injured, your recovery will be much quicker and less likely to require drastic measures.1 If an injury has continued for several months, further complications can arise such as adhesions (layers of body tissues grow together due to chronic inflammation or microtrauma), scar tissue from cumulative trauma, and atrophy of muscles no longer used.1 The steps below outline recovery from a severe injury.”
  • MusiciansHealth.com
  • Musicians and Injuries
    “PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY. Pain is your body yelling that it’s in big trouble, but learning what is comfortable or awkward for your body before you’re in pain may prevent injury.”


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