Contract research organizations (CROs) make up about half of the research work force involved in drug and medical product development, according to the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO). CROs offer a variety of clinical trial services and conduct multiple other activities.
Sponsors of drug development research, such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, rely on CROs to help reduce costs and speed the process of bringing a drug to market. Global CROs offer worldwide infrastructure, extensive therapeutic expertise and the ability to manage large, complex trials.
The CRO industry offers a variety of drug development services including clinical trial management; clinical, medical and safety monitoring; clinical laboratory services for processing trial samples; data management, biostatistics and medical writing for preparation of a submission to a regulatory agency; regulatory affairs support and others.
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