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Tuesday, June 20 • 10:45am - 11:45am
#232: Healthy CRO/Sponsor Relations: “Sole” Mate or Flavor of the Month

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Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

This interactive session will analyze a CRO/sponsor relationship that has been in effect for many years. In groups, participants will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this case study and what might be their “Secret Sauce” and/or if people or process have allowed them to continue as partners for many years. As participants reflect on their analysis of the case study they will compare with their own experiences and determine what is the recipe for a healthy long lasting CRO/Sponsor relationship. The groups will then reveal their findings to all participants for feedback, discussion, and/or actions they may take to their organizations.

Learning Objectives

Describe the common pitfalls of CRO/Sponsor relations; Identify various strategies and best practices for maintaining healthy and long lasting CRO/Sponsor relationships.


David Burnham


Sondra Smyrnios, MSc

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David Burnham

Senior Vice President Strategic Alliance, INC Research
David Burnham serves as Vice President, Strategic Alliances at INC Research, where he is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships between customers and the CRO. Throughout his 20 years in the industry running programs from IND to product approval he understands that... Read More →
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Sondra Smyrnios

Vice President, Clinical Development Operations, Alkermes

Tuesday June 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Exhibit Hall McCormick Place 2301 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Gate 4 Chicago, IL 60616