Partnering & Outsourcing Editorial

  1. 5 Keys To Establishing Quality Partnerships Between Sponsors And CROs
    3/13/2018

    What is the cost of a failed partnership between a pharma company and its CROs?  Is it financial?  Research and development time? 

  2. How To Negotiate Study Budgets Like A Pro
    2/20/2018

    Are you a clinical site that finds budget negotiations with a clinical research organization (CRO) or sponsor an uphill battle?

  3. Should You Bring Site Management And Monitor Oversight In-House?
    2/15/2018

    When a pharma or biotech sponsor company engages with a contract research organization (CRO) and other service providers, it develops a list that details which organization is responsible for each task to be conducted.  The degree to which a small to midsize sponsor has the expertise and the resources internally to manage a task, as well as budgetary constraints, will dictate which tasks it delegates and which it keeps in-house.

  4. Key Shifts In The Latin American Central Lab Market
    1/18/2018

    Pharmaceutical companies are experiencing a significant change because of the shift in drug development toward more complex and expensive cell therapies with a focus on rare diseases.

  5. What Improv Comedy Can Teach Us About Communication In Clinical Trials
    1/11/2018

    Over the holiday season, I took the time to reflect on the whirlwind and craziness of the past year. I don’t know about you, but I was ready for some comic relief, so I indulged in one of my favorite pastimes -- attending an improv comedy show. It’s been 10 years since the original Whose Line Is It Anyway ended its successful run as a TV show (much to my chagrin), but Saturday Night Live is alive and well after 40 years.

  6. Is There A Solution To The CRA Shortage Problem?
    1/4/2018

    If you are involved with clinical trials, you are aware of the shortage of qualified CRAs. Numerous reports have noted the continuous increase in turnover and salaries for these clinical professionals. We know the problem exists, but is there anything we can do about it?

  7. Analyzing The Top Clinical Trial Outsourcing Trends Of 2017
    12/28/2017

    In 2017, clinical development services did not witness any significant changes in terms of price index, input cost, and supply-demand gap in comparison to 2016. However, market competition increased, with the supply market seeing continuous mergers and acquisitions, resulting in consolidation and CROs competing for market share in terms of enhanced therapeutic area expertise, geographic reach, full-service capability, technology, and increased functional capability. 

  8. Tips For Improving Communication Between Sponsors And CROs
    12/21/2017

    Clinical research is incredibly complex, and most pharma/biotech companies outsource a lot of the trial oversight responsibilities to contract research organizations (CROs).  The increasingly level of complexity and global nature of clinical research has led to poor communication within pharma and between sponsors and their CROs.

  9. Cell Therapy Trials Present Unique Challenges For Pharma
    12/7/2017

    Maria Fardis, CEO of Iovance Biotherapeutics, has spent 18 years working in the pharma industry. Although most of her experience has been in small molecules and proteins, she now works in the cell therapy space and notes these treatments are a new and exciting space with meaningful differences in how clinical trials are conducted.

  10. Is A Partnering Model The Best Option For Small Biotechs?
    11/27/2017

    Large pharma companies have a variety of outsourcing models they can use, from strategic partnerships to functional service provider models. But if you are a small biotech company, does the size of your firm limit your outsourcing options? And how big a role should cost and therapeutic expertise play in that decision?