March 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Community-based clinical trials: How are they evolving clinical research?

Decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) have revolutionized clinical research by reducing the patient burden and making trials more accessible to a wider population. However, DCTs are not without their limitations. Not all patients are comfortable with elements of a DCT, such as nursing visits taking place in their home. Patients have expressed interest in having clinical trial-related appointments take place in trusted community-based settings, such as their local neighborhood drug store/pharmacy.

Are community-based clinical trials the next evolution of clinical development? Our panel of experts will share insights on:

  • How bringing clinical trials to community-based settings can impact your clinical development programs
  • Ways community-based trials improve diversity and inclusion
  • Considerations for sponsors when designing studies
  • Key learnings from recent studies


  • Clare Grace, Chief Patient Officer, Parexel
  • Josh Rose, VP, Head of Clinical Trial Delivery, Site Solutions and Strategy, CVS Health
  • Tegan Mead, Executive Director of Clinical Operations, Javara

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Clare Grace

Clare Grace

Chief Patient Officer, Parexel

As Chief Patient Officer for Parexel, Dr. Grace leads Parexel’s global patient advocacy and site efforts, including patient engagement strategies and efforts to enhance clinical trial diversity as well as new, innovative approaches to help teams and customers work more effectively with investigative sites. She is the chief advocate for patients and investigator site staff within Parexel and she leads the Parexel "Patients First" core value. Formerly, she served as Vice President, Site & Patient Access at Syneos Health, where she oversaw all departments responsible for patient engagement, feasibility, site identification, strategic site relations and investigator payments. Her experience also includes senior-level patient and site- focused leadership roles with PPD, AstraZeneca and Antisoma.

With more than 20 years of experience in the CRO and biopharmaceutical industries, Dr. Grace was recognized in 2018 by PharmaVoice as one of the top 100 most inspirational leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. She earned a doctorate in Molecular Oncology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and a bachelor's degree in applied biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University, both in England. Dr. Grace is active in several global and national level advisory groups, including the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) and non-profit board positions including Greater Gift.

Josh Rose

Josh Rose

VP, Head of Clinical Trial Delivery, Site Solutions and Strategy, CVS Health

Josh Rose, Vice President, CVS Health Clinical Trial Services (CTS), is a clinical research industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. He leads the CTS clinical trial delivery business providing patient-first research within designated MinuteClinic locations, Home Research Services and virtually. Josh is also responsible for CTS strategy and partnerships. Prior to joining CVS Health, Josh was Vice President and Global Head of Strategy for the Research and Development Solutions Business at IQVIA, while also launching and leading its decentralized clinical trial (DCT) and home research nursing service businesses. Josh has an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

Tegan Mead

Tegan Mead

Executive Director of Clinical Operations, Javara

Tegan Mead began her career in clinical research in 2014, working as a Clinical Operations Manager at PMG Research. She has served in various roles across the site enterprise, including operational leadership, feasibility management and operational excellence, with most of her career centered on clinical operations execution, development, and growth. She has been with Javara since 2018 in numerous operational leadership roles, currently serving as the Executive Director of Clinical Operations. Prior to her start in clinical research, Tegan dedicated 7 years of service in the United States Air Force as a flight nurse and earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from University of Phoenix.




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