A year ago, Nice Insight, a division of the brand and marketing management firm That's Nice, began using its extensive database of pharma and biopharma clients to produce quarterly intelligence reports on industry habits and beliefs in regards to outsourcing and selecting contract partners. The data can be very telling in terms of what factors underpin decisionmaking regarding contract partners. And they can be controversial in terms of how contract manufacturers are ranked based upon market perception.
Here we present data from Nice Insight’s 2011 Third Quarter data, and gain analysis from Victor Coker, Director of Business Intelligence for That’s Nice, about some of the numbers.
PhM: Analytical testing ranked second in terms of service sectors to be outsourced (Figure 1). What’s your take on this—does it reflect the fact that many manufacturers have laid off workers with this particular expertise in-house?