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The Future of the CRO Business


While outsourcing by pharmaceutical and device companies expands, there may be some shifts in the air. Last week we attended and participated on 2 panels at a meeting in Cambridge, MA on Clinical Trial Collaborations, sponsored by the Conference Forum. The meeting was co-chaired by our colleagues Ken Getz, Director of Sponsored Research Programs, Tufts CSDD and Katherine Vandebelt, Global Head, Clinical Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company, and was attended by more than 100 enthusiasts including global CRO and Industry executives. While a key theme was how to build and maintain relationships among study teams, there was a lot of discussion about reduced on-site monitoring as eSource systems such as direct data entry at the time of the office visit and integration with the EHR become adopted, and what happens when mobile devices and telemedicine arrive. There was also discussion about bringing back some data management activities in-house and the need for central storage of study documents.


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On the way to opera down Park Ave.  ©Target Health Inc.


ON TARGET is the newsletter of Target Health Inc., a NYC – based, full – service, contract research organization (eCRO), providing strategic planning, regulatory affairs, clinical research, data management, biostatistics, medical writing and software services to the pharmaceutical and device industries, including the paperless clinical trial.


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