Contract research organizations are not that plenty but the few that are there are good at what they do and offer excellent support in the medical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological fields. The CRO's which is how contract research organizations are commonly referred to, provide a lot of assistance in preclinical imaging and generally all preclinical study design. Before settling on a choice when you are looking for a contract research organization, it is best to think about some few factors first as picking the one that can handle your needs spectacularly can be a daunting task. Find below some complete guidelines to choosing the best contract research organization.
Preclinical molecular imaging requires a lot of commitment and expertise and you don't want to hand over the tasks at hand to a contract research organization that might not fulfill your needs fully. Read more about the choices you have that are close to you. Go through their portfolios to understand their stand on preclinical study design and the accomplishments they have achieved thus far in this field to weigh their capabilities of handling the tasks at hand.
There are costs that shall be incurred upon hiring the contract research organization and it is only wise to consider this. Compare and contrast the quotations you get from the few shortlisted contract research organizations, so as to ensure you have landed one that is competent and is also reasonably priced.
Find out which kinds of projects the particular CRO has undertaken to ensure that that they can do what you want them to do. The longer the CRO has been in the market, the better they will be at what they do, therefore, consider their experience. Such an experienced company must have done several trials, look into their reports and determine if they will be able to handle your project. Find a contract research organization that has done preclinical molecular imaging before.
The fact that these CROs do studies on products that might never enter the market means that there are very high business risks. This being said, it is possible to have these trials cancelled because of whatever reason. It will help if you choose a CRO that is stable financially. This will ensure that whatever uncertainties occur will be covered.
As a company, you might want to know the progress of the study and this you only get with a transparent CRO. If you would need to know how the study is going, the CRO should be able to let you in. Some CROs might not be very open with their findings or their progress and you might feel left in the dark. You will be able to justify why there is need to add resources when the CRO is transparent with the progress of the study.