An SMO with a medium to large network of investigators has a responsibility to their clients, the CROs and sponsors,to recruit those investigators who are qualified to conduct specific studies. It is incumbant on the SMO to evaluate their network and decide if the study is appropriate for them. SMOs don’t come in “one size fits all”.
SMOs have unique differences from CROs in that they are responsible for enabling the investigators to conduct a successful trial. The SMO provides multiple services to the investigator , including business development , staffing, assistance in patient recruitment, document and data collection and storage, and contract and budget management. The investigator is essentially a client of the SMO. The investigator is responsible to the IRB, sponsor and other regulatory agencies for the conduct of the study and integrity of the clinical data.
The SMO’s reputation is dependant on the quality and performance of the investigators. CPR advisors have years of experience behind them having established an SMO and engaged in business as a CRO. Our advisors are very sensitive to the needs of the SMO and their investigators. CPR’s consulting services offer SMOs the knowledge and expertise to be successful and grow their business by evaluating and enabling them to develop a networking strategy. CPR uses a proven methodology to support their recommendations in strategic planning and execution.