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Contract Research

Overview Industry Overview:

Contract research organizations (CROs) are growing players in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and the medical device industry. The path from conception to FDA approval can take upwards of a decade and $1 billion, while as few as 1 in every 10,000 drug ideas eventually clear this process. CROs help to supply cost-effective, cutting-edge expertise and infrastructure that a drug sponsor may lack. Companies aren’t the only ones enlisting the help of these organizations – increasingly, research institutions, universities, and even governmental organizations are turning to them for support.

The contract research industry is a relatively new one, and is still establishing itself through mergers and partnerships, expansions and consolidations. They offer a variety of services, from small firms which focus on specific areas – such as molecular modeling – to multinational organizations which can move a drug through discovery, pre-clinical trials, and all four stages of clinical trials.

App Common Applications:

  • Intermediates
  • Specialized Reagents
  • Synthetic Route Design and Optimization
  • Resynthesis
  • Small-Volume Manufacturing
  • Combinatorial Building Blocks
  • Chiral-Synthesis/Enantiomeric Resolution
  • Stable Isotope Derivatives

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top soaps and detergents industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top soaps and detergents talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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Contract Research


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

I’d like to thank you and your team for the support received in the recent job searches.  Your efforts to systematically identify candidates, pre-screen them and follow up throughout the interview process was impeccable, leading to 2 key hires in less than a month.  Most impressive was your “Checkster” report and the quick turnaround provided on these key documents.  Finally, your understanding and appreciation for the types of candidates that matched best to the positions was very much appreciated.

Global Sales Director
Dow Kokam
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