Clinical Development

Question Based Clinical Development facilitates the design of a rational and efficient development pathway for new medical interventions. Learn the principles behind QBCD and how to apply it to real R&D projects.

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Clinical Development Online

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Learn how to use the QBCD approach to formulate key questions when developing a new medical intervention

Learn how to deal optimally with development risks and costs

Learn how to work with the QBCD software program

Discuss online with peers and receive feedback from your course instructor

€ 1,600

Non-profit 25% discount


Clinical Development

prerequisite: online course

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Experience the challenge of decision making on R&D projects

Learn from the successes and failures of real-world R&D projects

Learn from your group members in small, interdisciplinary working groups

Hear about first-hand experiences from industry experts

€ 3,600

Non-profit 25% discount


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The best way to experience our modules is to follow the blended route. The online course acts as a prerquisite for the on-campus part.

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This 4-day on-campus course is held in beautiful Castle Oud Poelgeest near Leiden in the Netherlands. Participants who have successfully completed the online course are eligible for the on-campus course. Note that registration for the on-campus course includes the online course.

During the on-campus course, you will work in small groups on teaching cases based on real-world R&D projects. You will also meet peers and contributors from academia and leading life-sciences companies.

What makes this course special?

The on-campus course builds upon the principles of Questions Based Clinical Development (QBCD) that you learned in the online course. Preparation for the on-campus course involves approximately 20-30 hours studying the advanced teaching cases and completing individual pre-course assignments. You will then be prepared for the on-campus course in which you will work in small groups on assignments related to the teaching cases. As the “development team”, you and your group will make informed choices as you develop the product described in the teaching case. You will also present your proposal to a mock development board and/or regulatory agency representatives. Importantly, the teaching cases are based on real-world R&D projects and were developed in close collaboration with many who were actually involved in the original projects. Representatives from these companies will join us on campus to share their experiences and explain what really happened. Each year, a maximum of 25 participants are accepted to the on-campus course, ensuring a rich learning environment with highly focused discussions.

What will you learn?

During this intensive 4-day course, you will dive head-first into a number of advanced teaching cases. Each day, you will

discuss either two smaller cases or one large case, during which you will apply the QBCD approach to various types of R&D projects in various stages of development, using both publicly available information and privileged information such as publications, case descriptions, video material, and Investigator’s Brochures. Each year, the teaching cases are updated and new cases are added to the program. At the end of each session, you will participate in a plenary session where we discuss the approaches used by each team, and we will hear from those who were there in the “What really happened?” sessions. After completing this course, you will receive a certificate.

5 things you will take away from this course

During this course, you will:

  1. Experience the challenge of decision making on R&D projects
  2. Learn from the successes and failures of real-world R&D projects;
  3. Work in small, highly interactive interdisciplinary groups;
  4. Hear about first-hand experiences from industry experts.
This course receives a 9.5 from participants

This course receives a 9.5 from participants


Kasteel Oud Poelgeest B.V., Poelgeesterweg, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
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Clinical Development contributors


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Nacer Lounis

Senior Principal Scientist

Janssen Pharmaceutica


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Tine de Marez

Senior Director, Compound Development Team Leader TB

Johnson & Johnson


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Erik Niks

Neurologist - Pediatric neurologist

Leiden University Medical Center


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Piet Hinoul

Chief Medical Officer

Virtual Incision


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Ad Sitsen


ClinPharMed Consultancy for Drug Development

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Paul Stoffels




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Marcel Kenter


Paul Janssen Futurelab Leiden


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Koen Andries

VP Scientific Fellow Infectious Diseases Discovery

Janssen Pharmaceutica NV


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Andreas Wallnöfer

General Partner

BioMed Partners Venture Capital (former Head of Clinical Research & Exploratory Development at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.)


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André Elferink

Clinical epidemiologist

Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board

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Hans-Georg Eichler

Senior Medical Officer

European Medicines Agency

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Inge de Lepeleire

Director Translational Pharmacology

MSD Europe

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Johan Garssen

Director Immunology Platform

Danone/Nutricia Research

Clinical Development On-campus

Rick Kuntz

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer


Clinical Development On-campus

Oliver Bisazza

Former Director Regulatory Policy


Clinical Development On-campus

Saco de Visser

Teacher and Clinical Pharmacologist

Paul Janssen Futurelab Leiden

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Richard Shull

Head of Deal Structuring and Trading Fundamentals


Clinical Development On-campus

Pierre Peeters

Early Clinical Development Expert

Curare Consulting

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