When it comes to handing over your precious research samples to a contract research organization (CRO), how do you know you are outsourcing to the right company? Larger CROs seem to offer every type of analysis available, from genomics to histopathology. But specialty CROs may be a better option, especially if you need sophisticated techniques and data analysis.
Consider these three reasons to go with a specialty CRO:
- Method Maven: Specialty CROs typically specialize in a method or technology like flow cytometry or genomic sequencing. This gives them an edge in helping you design a project and prepare the right number and type of samples for analysis by the CRO down the line. A specialty CRO has the technical savvy and experience to assure that you will be able to gain critical scientific insights from your most difficult to execute studies. This is particularly critical for preclinical studies that are used to ascertain the best drug for further studies or for clinical studies that are evaluating safety and efficacy.
- Data Analysis Authority: Many methods used by research scientists today generate vast datasets, be it from complex flow cytometry runs with multi-parametric panels or genomic sequencing of individual cells. Specialty CROs have data analysis specialists and this experience is indispensable for complex datasets that may require computational biology expertise.
- Most Valuable Partner: A specialty CRO can often provide greater value to a researcher not only in terms of expertise, but also in terms of cost. Given their specialization, these CROs do not have to spread resources and staffing between many different types of technologies and methods, and they have often developed efficient workflows that assure rapid sample turnover and fewer delays in data delivery.
Consider working with a specialty CRO when you are looking to outsource your future studies.