Tag Archive: outsourcing

Feb 09 2011

CRO Industry Trends

The past few years have challenged Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) to adjust their business models to meet the changing needs of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Most CROs saw disappointing 2009 earnings, especially those focused on early stage and nonclinical research, says Scrip Clinical Research, but many mid-sized CROs saw growth in 2010. Whether CROs will be able to sustain growth in 2011 remains unclear. What we do know is that the most successful ones will be those that embrace the three major industry trends – globalization, an increased use of preferred provider relationships, and a greater willingness to invest in new technology.

Oct 26 2010

Vendor Selection – All that Glitters is Not Gold

One of the most important, and difficult, decisions a company has to make is selecting the right contract research organization (CRO) for outsourcing its nonclinical, manufacturing, clinical and regulatory activities.  Several variables determine what makes a good outsourcing partner – size compatibility between CRO and sponsor, the cost, and the experience level of the CRO …

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Jul 12 2010

Give Your Scientists an Edge – Partner with a CRO!

Image via Wikipedia In the fast paced R&D world, every biotech is looking for an edge to keep them ahead of their competitors and to help them achieve their goal of either getting a drug to human clinical trials or to a stage that attracts a big pharma partner.  In my 10 years of experience …

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May 13 2010

Tech Council of Maryland BioBreakfast Series

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology trade association, brings its 500 plus members access to technology industry leaders in Maryland, DC and Virginia.  MdBio, a division of the TCM, seeks to unify, empower and advance Maryland’s bioscience industry, providing comprehensive support services to its members and the broader community. One of the …

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May 05 2010

Regulatory Affairs Workload Increasing

I would rather have a big burden and a strong back, than a weak back and a caddy to carry life’s luggage – Elbert Hubbard I don’t know if you follow the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD), but they’re always full of good information and analysis of drug development issues.  If …

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Mar 05 2010

Help me help you – What makes a good RFP?

As a company transitions from initial product discovery into the nonclinical and clinical aspects of drug/biologic development, it needs to make critical decisions concerning who its outsourcing partner is going to be.  Since capital is typically tight for smaller companies, it’s crucial that every dollar spent results in a value-added outcome.  An important step in …

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