Resource Management: To Algorithm or Not to Algorithm?

Demand forecasting—the ability to project demand by role and project—is an important part of resource management. Companies conduct demand forecasting in several ways. Some have project managers enter demand by role for, say, 12 months. Others communicate standards to help drive consistency in how project managers estimate demand. Still, others create demand forecasting algorithms to[…]

Clinical Operations Process Improvement (Part II The Ultimate Metric)

There has been a big push recently to execute on more and more improvement projects.  This is thanks in part to the application of lean sigma for clinical operations. But, the financial benefits of an improvement project are not easy to figure out. For example, many such projects, and the metrics surrounding them, revolve around cycle-time[…]

Improving Clinical Operations Metrics (Part 1 – Metrics That Matter)

In the pharmaceutical industry, costs are becoming an increasingly scrutinized component of the clinical development process.  Companies are looking to increase profits by getting drugs to market faster. They are trying to bolster margins by conducting trials with the fewer and fewer resources.  Along these lines, many clinical operations groups are collecting clinical trial metrics as fast as they[…]

Improving the Sponsor-CRO Relationship through Collaboration Portals

On any given day we see the announcement of a new strategic partnership or global alliance. Outsourcing to CROs is no longer big news. However, there is plenty of buzz over how these partnerships are performing.  With the mounting pressure for innovation and efficiency, sponsors need CROs more than ever in order to survive. Yet[…]