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Making Metric Collection Obligatory in Clinical Trial Contracts

Medical Writing Team

Establishing robust metrics at the start of a study, and systems to monitor them in an ongoing manner, should be integral to all work that a Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) performs. There is an expectation from clients that metrics will be used to monitor progress or lack of progress, including deviations from the planned schedule. However, these metrics are sometimes not defined clearly at the outset and often not incorporated into clinical trial contracts. A lot of metrics need to be “balanced” between what is controllable by the CRO and what is controllable by the sponsor. Therefore, the metrics that are incorporated into a contract need to be carefully chosen. Ideally it should be a small and accurate set of performance metrics that will meet the customer’s needs and enforce efficient information flow – it being a breach of contract not to provide and review the metrics.

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Topics: Metric Collection, Clinical Trial Contracts, Clinical Trials, CRO Project, CRO Efficiency, Project Management

4 Efficiencies of a Clinical Research Organization

Commercial Team

How can the efficiency of a Clinical Research Organization (CRO) be understood? As CROs provide various services to study sponsors, their overall efficiency at providing these services and internal processes to allow these to be delivered can be broken down into a number of elements with their own unique efficiency.

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Topics: CRO Project, CRO Efficiency, Clinical Research Organization, Visualization, Micro Efficiencies, Project Management

How the Hierarchy of Teams Affects the Cost of Clinical Development

Daniel Chapple

The third blog post in our “How Total Value Ownership (TVO) can help shape an outsourcing strategy" blog series.

The location of staff within a functional partnership in clinical development was discussed in a previous blog, but this is closely linked to the experience of staff and where the different levels of experience reside. Having a solution primarily focused around graduates in a low cost area vs. a solution based around experienced team members in a higher cost location can have significant impacts on the cost of clinical development projects. It is likely that any proposed solution will incorporate both sides and understanding the exact make-up of the team will provide some insight into what the Total Value Ownership (TVO) is likely to end up being.
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Topics: Clinical Trials, CRO Selection, Outsourcing Solutions, Strategic Resourcing, CRO Project, CRO Efficiency, Project Management, Functional Outsourcing, FSP, Total Value Ownership

7 Considerations of Global Resources in Clinical Development Partnerships

Daniel Chapple

The second blog post in our “How Total Value Ownership (TVO) can help shape an outsourcing strategy" blog series.

Project costs in clinical development partnerships can be influenced significantly by the location of staff since salary levels differ widely depending on where the staff members are located. The percentage and mix of staff in different locations can provide a cost-effective solution, but it can also provide a solution that compromises quality if the mix is not right. Whilst the initial costs may decrease and help to build a business case, the Total Value Ownership (TVO) may not look so attractive when taking into account the oversight and other costs associated with the deliverables. Any projects that move off their critical paths can also have significant impacts to the overall TVO, particularly if this results in delays of submissions and ultimately launch. 

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Topics: Clinical Trials, CRO Selection, Outsourcing Solutions, Strategic Resourcing, CRO Project, Quality Control, CRO Efficiency, Project Management, Offshore Locations, Functional Outsourcing, FSP, Total Value Ownership

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