About the Awards

Life Science Leader’s readership of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical executives have told us about their struggles in vetting CRO partners. In response, Life Science Leader developed the CRO Leadership Awards.

Based on research from Industry Standard Research’s Contract Research Organization Quality Benchmarking annual online survey, 72 CROs were evaluated on 27 different performance metrics. Research participants come from biopharmaceutical companies of all sizes and are screened for decision-making influence and authority when it comes to working with contract research organizations. CROs have an opportunity to win these awards in up to three groups of outsourcing respondents - Big Pharma, Small Pharma, and Overall (combined Big and Small Pharma).


Capabilities | Access to "unique" tests, machines, equipment; Access to a broad range of services beyond clinic / volunteer management; Access to patient populations; Offered innovative solutions; Patient / volunteer recruitment; Speed of site start-up; Technology for real-time access to data; Breadth of services; Global footprint; Network of sites / investigators; Patient recruitment strategy; Speed of site / investigator recruitment

Compatibility | Easy to work with; Project team chemistry; Responsiveness; Timely project communications

Expertise | Experience of the Phase I unit's lead investigator; Local market / Regulatory knowledge; Operational excellence; Scientific knowledge; Therapeutic expertise; Study design expertise

Quality | Data quality; Project manager quality; CRA quality

Reliability | Meeting overall project timelines; Operational excellence; Minimizing staff turnover


Presented by

Life Science Leader magazine

Industry Standard Research


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