Definitions for "Contract Research Organization"
A company with whom a drug or device manufacturer or sponsor contracts to perform clinical trial related activities. CROs may contract to develop protocols, recruit patients, collect and analyze data, and prepare documents to submit marketing applications to FDA.
General term referring to a company under agreement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer to implement a specific component of the drug discovery/research (pre-clinical) or drug development (clinical trials phases I, II and III) process.
A commercial organization contracted by a client to perform one or more research-related functions