ACRO Survey Shows Strong Growth of CRO Industry

September 17, 2014

Applied Clinical Trials

Members of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations have more than doubled in size in the past 10 years

Members of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) have more than doubled in size in the past 10 years and now employ more than 100,000 research professionals worldwide with a global payroll of nearly $6 billion. Over the same period, member company revenues have increased 180% (10.8% CAGR) to an estimated $14.2 billion, or approximately two-thirds of contract biopharmaceutical development spending, demonstrating the strong demand for CRO services by pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

Other key findings from the member survey include:

  • Among the most researched indications by CROs are, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, hepatitis, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and vaccines
  • On average, each ACRO member works with more than 500 research sponsors and approximately 27,000 research sites annually
  • ACRO members delivered more than 100 million central laboratory test results and managed more than 1 million square feet of lab space in 13 countries
  • The top US states for CRO employment are North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and California; the top European locations for CRO employment are the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain

Throughout the next month, ACRO will be unveiling a series of case studies that highlight CRO innovation, as well as a video series focusing several of these topics.

Read the full release here.

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