June CRO Event

When Thursday, June 28, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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RSVP by Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:00 p.m.
4510 Executive Drive Plaza 7
San Diego, CA 92121

Registration for this event has been closed. We will not be accepting walk-ins. If you are interested in being on the wait list please email Katelyn Doyle at kdoyle@biocom.org.

An Industry Perspective on Working with CROs

Biotech and biopharmaceutical companies are increasingly faced with pressure to produce results with ever shrinking timelines and budget. A growing trend for these companies to cope with this pressure is to leverage external resources and expertise by outsourcing research activities to contract research organizations (CROs). Although traditionally large scale manufacturing and clinical trials are quite often outsourced due to lack of internal resources, more and more companies are outsourcing earlier stage research and development activities.

Although outsourcing drug development activity promises savings of time and cost in the development of new drugs and devices, it also presents new potential risks.

In this session, a panel of experts with different perspectives will explore industry perspective on outsourcing. Topics for discussion include:

- Reasons for outsourcing: simple cost saving vs. gaining external expertise
- Reasons for not outsourcing: what are the major pitfalls of working in a virtual environment?
- How to determine what constitute internal core competency vs. external resources
- Small and local vs. big and global CROs
- What are key elements for successful project completion?
- What resources would you like to see out there that you can't find
- San Diego as a CRO hub


Paul Steinberg, Director, Business Development & Client Services, Novella Clinical


Pierre Corin, Senior Director of Development, Cerexa

David Donahue, Senior Director, Head, Clinical Operations, Auspex Pharmaceuticals

Rosa Luo, M.S., Manager, Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics, Neurocrine Biosciences

Linda Strause, Ph.D., Executive Director and Head of Clinical Operations, Vical

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Planner Ashleigh Berry