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EDITOR'S NOTE LSL LIFESCIENCELEADER.COM THE CRO LEADERSHIP AWARDS 2014 4 the award-winning CROs for the alphabetical listing which details their services and con- tact information in our magazine! You may be wondering, if not to make money, then why do we do it? Well, feedback from Life Science Leader's executive-level readers indicates a high level of confusion among executives regarding CRO selection approaches and, consequently, a strong desire for information on what their peers think of a wide range of CROs. This leads me to a reader-driven change for the awards this year. Not all pharma and biopharm compa- nies look alike or function alike. Emerging bio companies have different needs and goals than Big Pharma does and vice versa. We have sepa- rated the response data into four segments: Big Pharma, emerging pharma, biotech, and emerging biotech. Now the companies in these segments can see what their peers in the same segment think of the CROs in each perception category. This data can then help steer them to CROs that have experience with their type of company. Last year, I received a number of emails and phone calls regarding the announcement of the 2013 CRO Leadership Awards. Winners were understandably skeptical. It is a rare thing for a company to develop an awards program that doesn't have some sort of strings attached. It is even rarer to create an award free of undue influence. Nevertheless, this is exactly what we have tried to do at Life Science Leader magazine. So join me in congratulating all of this year's CRO Leadership Award win- ners! It's a job well done and well deserved. You've earned it. l An Awards Program With No Strings Attached t Life Science Leader magazine, it is our pleasure to announce the third annual 2014 CRO Leadership Awards winners. Unlike other award programs where there can be only one winner per category, our awards list all the CROs that scored in the top 20 percent for the following categories — quality, reliability, innovation, productivity, and regula- tory. Furthermore, there is not an overall CRO leadership award winner. Let me explain why we've taken this approach. Life Science Leader's annual CRO Leadership Awards are determined by industry-leading market research conducted by Nice Insight. More than 40,000 pharmaceutical and biophar- maceutical executives responsible for making or influencing their company's outsourcing decisions are invited to participate in Nice Insight's annual survey. This year's survey received over 10,000 responses. To be clear, the survey is not a solicitation for respon- dents to nominate their "favorite" CRO for an award. Rather, the survey is designed to gather a wide variety of industry-related informa- tion. Responses are compiled and analyzed to identify awareness and perception scores for CROs serving the pharmaceutical and bio- pharmaceutical industry. Thus, Life Science Leader magazine's CRO Leadership Awards don't involve a nomination, ballot, or judg- ing process. There is no "entry fee" required to participate. There is no award-processing fee stating, "Congratulations on winning. To claim your award, please send a check in the amount of ____ to cover the cost of shipping and handling." We don't require award win- ners to advertise. Heck, we don't even charge @ RFWrightLSL R O B W R I G H T Chief Editor VP OF PUBLISHING Jon Howland 814 897 9000 / Ext. 203 CHIEF EDITOR Rob Wright 814 897 9000 / Ext. 140 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Wayne Koberstein EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Dan Schell 814 897 9000 / Ext. 284 PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Lynn Netkowicz 814 897 9000 / Ext. 205 DIRECTOR OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mindy Fadden 814 897 9000 / Ext. 208 PUBLISHER, CLINICAL & CONTRACT RESEARCH Sean Hoffman 724 940 7557 / Ext. 165 ASSOC. PUBLISHER/BIOPHARM & LAB Shannon Primavere 814 897 7700 / Ext. 279 PUBLISHER/OUTSOURCING Cory Coleman 814 897 7700 / Ext. 108 GROUP PUBLISHER/OUTSOURCING Ray Sherman 814 897 7700 / Ext. 335 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Mike Barbalaci 814 897 7700 / Ext. 218 SR. ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Scott Moren 814 897 7700 / Ext. 118 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, PACKAGING & SERIALIZATION Evan Lagacé 814 897 7700 / Ext. 119 LIFE SCIENCE LEADER 2591 Wexford-Bayne Rd. Bldg. II, Level 3, Ste. 305 Sewickley, PA 15143-8676 Telephone: +1 724 940 7557 Fax: +1 724 940 4035 WWW.LIFESCIENCELEADER.COM M A R CH 2 014 V O L . 6 N O. 3 0 3 1 4 _ C R O _ E d i t o r s N o t e 3 . i n d d 1 0314_CRO_EditorsNote3.indd 1 2 / 1 9 / 2 0 1 4 1 : 4 0 : 0 2 P M 2/19/2014 1:40:02 PM

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