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India - As A Global IT Source

How CRO (Clinical Research Organizations)

Can Leverage India's IT Advantage

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Down Arrow Opportunity areas for CRO's (Clinical Research Organizations) to leverage India's IT (Information Technology) Advantage for global leadership positions.

Gray Arrow Global Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Industry Trends : As per the Mckinsey Industry Report projections, Off shoring as a Cost & Time To Market Reducer to decrease the current pharma industry risk and resource levels will increase the number of CRO's located in India (both Indian and foreign owned) over the next few years. This is causing a severe manpower attrition problem at CRO's.

Gray Arrow IT Industry Trends : Off shoring, Open Source and the transition of IT towards a services driven model (On demand Computing, Software As A Service - SAAS) powered on an Internet infrastructure are some of the key IT trends that open up opportunity areas for CRO's and IT Organizations that can specialize in this area.

India's current status as a global IT off shoring location would get further enhanced by evolution of the current IT player's competencies & by building of distinctive capabilities in various domains, verticals and technologies & increasing automation.

Further mobile devices (e.g. phones, PDA's etc) are emerging as a new low cost IT platform. India's fast increasing mobile population (monthly 5 million +) along with a large mobile developer base presents unique market & skill set opportunities globally.

Gray Arrow IT Usage in the CRO Industry : Oracle (Clinical) & SAS are the major dominant technology companies whose applications are used by the global industry leaders.







Since there is a very high level of regulatory compliance required by this industry as well as increased business risks (e.g. higher costs of drug discoveries, shortened market window opportunities,etc) they would continuously need to focus on increasing ROI from their IT investments.

The potential for higher Technology usage remains e.g. as per an Oracle 2007 publication - Data Management in Pharmaceutical R & D, even today EDC (Electronic Data Capture) is used in only 35 % of clinical trials. 65 % still use paper based systems for trial data capture.

Down Arrow Some Opportunity Areas enabling CRO's to leverage India's unique IT advantages for global leadership are as follows :

Gray Arrow Creating a global industry ecosystem that can build Industry Solutions around Open Source Platforms adhering to regulatory standards ( CDISC / FDA / HL7,etc) preventing high investments and recurring costs required by Oracle & SAS software.

The critical mass of Both Open Source and Mobile Platform developers in India can actualize this vision.

Gray Arrow The dual nature of the Open Source Platform (both from a technology perspective as well as regulatory adherence) would contribute towards it's global uniqueness, facilitate industry acceptance and enhance Knowledge Sharing both within & across Organizations.

This would also decrease CRO transactional costs as well as be a natural ally against the expected arbitrage reduction between the rupee and major foreign currencies over the next few years.



Gray Arrow Use the Open Source Based Technology platforms for creating a Knowledge Repository that can be used for enhancing CRO Manpower Quality by providing specialized CRO Industry Specific IT Education & Business Domain Knowledge.

Gray Arrow Help Organize India's Health Care Sector that will witness increasing Corporate Investments in the years ahead.

Also, create low cost high quality India seeded innovative business models that can be replicated in other global geographies.


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