Webinar: Finding the right patients for clinical trials

The challenge of finding the best patients for clinical trials became evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, when multiple pharma companies and CROs needed to recruit participants for vaccine trials as fast as possible. CRO services firms stepped up to meet the challenge with an online matching tool dedicated specifically to matching patients with COVID-19 studies.

It’s just one example of emerging technologies designed to ease the process of recruiting patients for clinical trials. CROs that embrace these technologies could greatly improve the speed and efficiency of their trials.

We’ll explore the landscape of technologies and services that match patients to clinical trials, providing feedback from CRO executives who have experience with them.

Topics include:

  • How innovative technology is being harnessed to extract information from electronic medical records in order to identify the most appropriate patients for clinical trials.
  • Best practices for using social media to match patients to clinical trials.
  • Working with patient advocacy groups to incorporate clinical-trial matching technology into their member-facing websites and other communications platforms.

Dr Matt Wilson

CEO and Founder


Dr Matt Wilson is a former accident and emergency doctor, anesthetist and medical officer in the UK’s Royal Marines. He founded uMed in 2018, recognising the opportunity to automate key parts of the clinical study process by using electronic health record data. uMed is embedded across a rapidly expanding global network that includes over 2 million patients in more than 200 primary care sites in the UK and soon to include a number of US health systems.

Zoma Foster

Strategic Feasibility Manager


Zoma Foster has 10 years’ experience in clinical research with focus on feasibility and site identification. She is currently a Strategic Feasibility Manager at UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company. She supports various aspects of clinical trial planning globally in different therapeutic areas. She is passionate about ensuring that clinical trials are positioned for success with the optimal country footprint and ideal sites using a data-driven approach. Zoma is also core member of UCB’s team focused on driving diversity, equity and inclusiveness in clinical trials. She worked at large CROs prior to joining UCB.

Zoma holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Houston. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston before joining the clinical research industry.

Ralph Passarella

CEO, Co-Founder

Reify Health

Ralph Passarella is the CEO and Co-Founder of Reify Health, where he and his team are working to accelerate the development of new, life-saving therapies. Through their work at Reify, Ralph and team also co-founded Signal Vine, an education technology company helping students navigate the administrative parts of higher education. Ralph currently serves on the Signal Vine Board of Directors. Prior to starting Reify Health, Ralph graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and completed the first two years of the MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Paulo Moreira

Global Head of Clinical Operations


Paulo Moreira is the Vice President, Global Head of clinical Operations at Agenus for the last 2 ½ yearsPaulo is a Clinical Development executive with 30+ years of experience in Clinical R&D.

Prior to joining Agenus he spent the previous 18 years with EMD Serono in diverse positions within Clinical Development. In his last role Paulo served as the Vice President, Head of Global Clinical Operations External Innovation. In this capacity, Paulo was responsible for Clinical Innovation as well for Patient Centricity in Clinical Development and Operations where he has had a preponderant role in establishing EMD Serono as an industry leader in patient centricity around clinical trials.

Paulo is also a Visiting Scholar at Boston College where he teaches at the Essentials of Clinical Research and Project Management Program. Paulo is a member of the Global Advisory Board of BlueCloud by Healthcare Point. In the past, Paulo has served on TransCelerate’s Operations Committee, led TransCelerate’s Clinical Research Awareness & Access workstream, served on the Steering Committee of the Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative (CTTI) and fulfilled the role of Global Impact Partner of the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS).

Paulo was named to PharmaVoice’s 100 Most Inspirational Leaders in both 2015 and 2017 recognizing his industry leadership around patient centricity and the advancement of clinical trials and was most recently recognized by CenterWatch as 2018 Top Innovator for his work around the Clinical Trials Registry of the Future.


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