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Theme: Data Manager to Data Scientist: Evolving Role in the Digital Era

There is a rapid change in the current scene of the clinical landscape. The awareness inpatients and the general public have increased. They have started becoming more tuned with their rights and what is possible in the current technology infested age. Some embracing technology to gain the maximum benefits while some improvising to get better and get more out of advancing them. In all walks of life from young to the old, the dearth of technology laced living is evermore increasing.

With such expanse in the way of life, the intellect and the change in the way we do our work in the clinical realm of space, it does require for any health care professional (HCP) an enormous jump in process and technology as well. With a smart upgrade, we inch closer to better patient centricity and better patient care. A normal data manager will no longer be known for validation expertise or the inclination to tech but more in terms of how well one uses analytical bent of mind to be evaluative of the data he receives, raise reasonable doubts and question the authenticity and palpability of the data in the future treatment and care.

The total paradigm shift in the role and upgrade of the HCP will not only gain more efficiency and commitment but more credibility to the work we do at the same time bring the drug development time gap smaller and hasten the process of bringing the best medical care to the common public.


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Sachin Tonapi
Executive Director, Global Head CDM Operations and Head of Clinical Data Management, India

  • Sachin Tonapi is currently the Executive Director, Global Head CDM Operations and Head of Clinical Data Management, India at Covance. He is an accomplished senior management professional with 17 years of industry experience in managing large global teams, setting up and leading FSP partnerships and selling to clients. Responsibilities have spanned several levels of management as well as long term strategic initiatives.
  • Sachin Tonapi holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration. He has completed a general management program from IIM Ahmedabad, also a Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) from Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Anita Tripathy
Head of Data Services, Safety and Regulatory (DSSR), 

  • Anita Tripathy is a strategic and innovative thinker with deep insight and vast experience in turning around, building and managing large global business units, long-term client relationships and highly motivated, large, multi-country teams for leading organizations including Fortune 1000’s. She has proven ability to oversee all aspects of the business unit, including corporate transformation, strategic planning, international business operations, and merger & acquisition integration strategy, sales, and operations. She has cultivated consultative relationships with Fortune 500 client base, envisioning cutting-edge business process and technology solutions for clients across the U.S., UK, Europe, Japan, India, and Singapore.
  • In her current role with IQVIA, she heads the Data Sciences, Safety and Regulatory (DSSR) operations for the India entity providing oversight to the local and offshore businesses and plays a key role in shaping the future of the DSSR functions keeping the “future of work” models in mind and spearheading the optimization and innovation initiatives.
  • In her last role with inVentiv Health Clinical as their Head and President of the India business, she provided oversight to their local and offshore businesses.


Praveen Kumar
Director – Centralized Monitoring and Data Management

Praveen Kumar currently serves as Director, Centralized Monitoring and Data Management at Covance India. He has over 13 years of experience and previously associated with companies like Quintiles, Icon Clinical Research, and Medreich Limited. He has extensive experience in various aspects of clinical trials like Clinical data management, Medical Data Review, Risk-Based Monitoring, and Clinical operations. In his previous role with a leading CRO, he was instrumental in the setup and implementation of Centralized Monitoring offerings for multiple customers and managing 400+ Centralized Monitoring staff globally across different therapeutic areas which include Subject monitoring, Site Monitoring, and Analytics.

Shrikant Gawande
Associate Director – CDM
Syneos Health

Shrikant is a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Mumbai University. He has over 19 years of experience in which more than 17 years is into the CDM department with various CROs with increasing responsibilities including 12 years of management experience. He has handled a variety of tasks in the study start-up to close out and also trained and managed large groups for data management activities for the world’s top 10 clients. He has worked on paper as well as EDC trials and trained in OC, OC RDC, Clintrial and INFORM. He also has experience in business development, setting up a new DM unit. He is a member of SCDM and was a certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM – Dec 2009). Currently, he is managing Syneos’s one of the data management group. He likes to listen to Indian music and playing cricket.

Suraj Ravindran
Deputy General Manager

Suraj Ravindran is a clinical research professional with a CDM background and brings with him over 14 years of experience handling operations in various phases and therapeutic areas. He has handled multiple key accounts of top pharmaceutical companies and served in the top tier vendor companies like quintiles (IQVIA), TCS and Cognizant. He is an ardent supporter of SCDM and its various learnings that it imparts. Suraj has worked closely with the key committees to provide the required best in class speakers who bring in the factual and thought leadership a required forum really deserves.





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