Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 6th Annual

Mastering an Outsourcing Strategy

Innovative Outsourcing and Procurement Strategies for Cost Efficiency and Improved Partnerships

February 8-9, 2022


I am pleased to announce CHI’s 6th Annual Mastering an Outsourcing Strategy being held February 8-9, 2022, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. The gathering will be part of the 13th Annual Summit for Clinical Trials Operations Executives (SCOPE), a four-day cluster of events taking place February 7-10 that attracts more than 2,200 leaders in clinical innovation, operations and research. Topics to be discussed at the Mastering an Outsourcing Strategy conference include: 

  • Outsourcing beyond COVID-19: Impact on best practices, strategies, and models
  • Outsourcing remote monitoring in the age of decentralized trials and virtual work
  • Becoming Sponsor/CRO/Site of Choice – Building relationships between stakeholders
  • Determining outsourcing needs (CROs, central labs, clinical trial supply, consultants, software vendors), establishing resourcing requirements, and setting an appropriate project plan: Inhouse activities vs. outsourced
  • Different types of collaborations between sponsors, CROs, and niche service providers/suppliers: Full-service outsourcing vs. functional service providers vs. transactional outsourcing
  • The differences and interplay between outsourcing and procurement
  • Utilizing the procurement team for cost savings, improved budgeting, better aligned technology, and stronger partner relationships
  • Understanding the pros and cons of using global and niche service providers to meet your company’s outsourcing needs
  • Best practices and challenges in outsourcing to BRIC countries and RoW
  • Vendor qualification and selection, especially niche/specialty/third party suppliers
  • Case studies of outsourcing specific functions and selecting specific vendors
  • Creating effective RFIs and RFPs to evaluate service providers and costs
  • Bid defense from the sponsor and CRO perspective
  • Lessons learned from failed bid defenses
  • Negotiating contracts with sponsors, sites, CROs, and third-party vendors
  • Master service agreements from a legal, operational and business perspective
  • Outsourcing and budget strategies for small, mid-sized and large pharma/biotech
  • Balancing quality and cost-effectiveness when selecting vendors
  • Budget negotiations between all clinical trial stakeholders, including sponsor and CRO, site, and vendors


*Also, please check out the Participant Engagement Award in honor of Gerald “Jerry” Matczak and the Masters in Clinical Research Golf Tournament.

If you would like to submit a proposal to give a presentation at this meeting, please click here.


The deadline for priority consideration is July 23, 2021.


All proposals are subject to review by session chairpersons and/or the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the overall quality of the conference program. Additionally, as per Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s policy, a select number of vendors and consultants who provide products and services will be offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships.


For more details on the conference, please contact:

Kaitlin Searfoss Kelleher

Senior Conference Director

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781-976-5894



For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:

Companies A-K

Ilana Quigley

Sr. Manager, Business Development

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781-972-5457



Companies L-Z

Patty Rose

Sr. Business Development Manager

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781-972-1349


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