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I am writing this Editor's Letter in the middle of a British heatwave; and this time we really can call it a heatwave, with temperatures soaring over 30oC, and railway lines buckling! Temperatures are currently similar to those in San Antonio in June, where the 39th Annual DIA meeting was held. This meeting continues to grow in size, and this year it was bigger than ever, my only complaint being that there wasn't enough time to visit all the exhibition stands and attend all but a sample of the sessions.

I did, however, attend several of the sessions relating to outsourcing, but was disappointed that there seems to be little progress in improving the relationship between CRO and sponsor. The 'Preferred Provider Tug of War' was one title, which gives an idea of how the relationship is often viewed. The presentations supporting this title addressed how to make

it less of a struggle, and in a different session, classified as R&D Strategy, we heard about a strategic partnership between Solvay and Quintiles, which highlights how the sponsor/CRO relationship can develop to the benefit of both parties.

Included in this issue we have an article by Blair McCallum of McKinsey that describes the assessments of the benefits of outsourcing. While this article focuses on manufacturing, the 10 commandments given at the end could apply to any outsourcing relationship. The keys are clear communication, understanding the value proposition and clearly stated plans.


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