Executive Leadership | Global Chief Executive and Board Chair Message

To Our Readers

Progress is Impossible

John A. Roberts
Chair, DIA Board of Directors

Barbara Lopez Kunz
Global Chief Executive, DIA


rogress is impossible without change,” wrote the great Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw, “and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

The fundamental importance of changing the world around us to deliver better healthcare to all is quite evident as DIA embarks on a most eventful month.

In March, DIA will convene the 2018 What You Must Know to Succeed? – Early Phase Clinical Development Workshop in China and our 6th Pharmacovigilance Conference – Drug Safety Unplugged, in India. In Japan, DIA will present the 12th Asia New Drug Conference, the 6th Clinical Operations and Monitoring Workshop, and the 7th Annual DIA FDA IND/NDA Training Course; in North America, DIA will convene the annual Advertising and Promotion Regulatory Affairs Conference and Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum. And, of course, preparations are in the final stages for DIA Europe 2018, our premier annual gathering in Europe, to be held April 17-19, in Basel.

By any geographic or intellectual measure, this is a broad expanse of localities and topics. However, there is one common thread that connects all these discussions and the thought leaders who will join us: the importance of effective documentation and communication practices throughout the healthcare product life cycle.

Good science done well provides good data. But it’s a long way from data to data-driven action. While rigorous science produces reliable data and rigorous analysis turns data into useful evidence, it is effective communication that will transform this information into actionable knowledge that crosses barriers and delivers benefits to patients.

All around the world, DIA member volunteers and staff work diligently to act upon this knowledge to provide better and faster care to patients. We welcome everyone involved not only in drug development but also in the development of medical devices, regenerative medicine, companion diagnostics, software, imaging tools, and more, to join us as the connections among technologies continue to grow stronger both in the laboratory and in clinical care.

The importance of communication may be obvious, but let’s not use that as an excuse to stop trying to identify ways and means to improve it. We hope you find that this issue of Global Forum, and these upcoming events, are a great place for us to start.