Often, pharmaceutical companies have reached outside their organization to contract service providers for help with discovery, development, and manufacturing. Others tap into their own in-house resources for support. Which is the better process? The short answer is there’s no right way, just your way.
The benefit of insourcing is that you’re consistently dealing with a trusted service partner embedded within your facility. Your work is kept in house, communications are face-to-face and happen in real time. Not to mention all work is performed within your IT infrastructure using all your equipment and resources.
- Full control over the process
- Immediate access to results
- Reduced time managing third parties
- Optimized lab space
- Timely communication of project deliverables
Some labs benefit from the flexibility, expertise, and technology that comes with outsourcing approaches. Of course, hidden costs are always associated with third parties – it’s less costly to manage a partner embedded in your organization than one located across the globe.
Outsourcing a contract research organization (CRO) or contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMO) is best when you’re working with:
- Routine established workflows
- Noncomplex samples
- Less time-sensitive results
3 Types of Insourcing Models
If you decide to insource, there are several models to choose from, including staffing agencies, managed services, and lab as a service (LaaS).
This option provides qualified personnel for short-term needs to augment your staff for a specific project or find talent with a specific skill or area of expertise.
In this model, the service partner brings its own people to provide services to achieve a guaranteed outcome — number of samples or experiments per day, for example.
Lab as a Service
LaaS brings everything required to deliver on the service-level agreement – from people and processes to consumables and instruments.
Whether you decide to insource or outsource, having a single vendor who understands your organization – from the management of assets to the oversight of IT to the harmonization of standards – is the key to success. A single-vendor solution simplifies processes when it comes to creating a single point of contact to manage oversight and communication.
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