The Merck-Quintiles Partnership: Sponsor, Do You Take This CRO….?

Recently, Merck Serono entered into a new, five-year clinical development deal. The deal was with none other than Quintiles, the world’s largest CRO (with approximately $3.7 billion in revenue). Moving forward, Quintiles will be the sole primary provider of Merck Serono’s outsourced clinical development services for its global clinical programs. The agreement will span the[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Inside Investigator Meetings (Part 3 – The Survey)

In previous blogs, I mentioned issues mentioned with regards to collecting feedback via surveys. However, I was able to collect a significant amount of data from attendees at various investigator meetings (21 in total, all Phase III studies). I used two different sets of standardized surveys throughout: internal (sponsor focused) and external (site focused). At the end of[…]