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Contract Service Organizations (CSO)

Outsourced R&D companies, commonly called contract research organizations or CROs, account for some $30 billion in annual revenue.

And North Carolina is the undisputed – and still undefeated – heavyweight champion of that world.

North Carolina is home to 150+ CSOs employing over 24,000 people within the state and tens of thousands of others around the world.

These companies support pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies and research institutions with a wide range of services, including biopharmaceutical development, biologic assay development, commercialization, preclinical and clinical research and clinical trials management.

CSOs
151

CSO's in NC

people employed by CSO's within NC
24,250

people employed by CSO's within NC

annual revenue
$30 billion

annual revenue

The North Carolina CRO Collaborative

A large part of NC's CSO industry is made up of contract research organizations (CRO) and companies that are focused on clinical trial management. The North Carolina CRO Collaborative was brought together to address and support the needs of the companies who operate in this subsector.

The immediate goals of the CRO Collaborative are to improve and expand clinical-based workforce development in North Carolina through curriculum enhancement and development as well as increase awareness of CRO industry trends and career opportunities throughout the state.

The committee is comprised of representatives from eight CROs, eight academic institutes (both clinical research training programs and university-affiliated clinical site programs), supporting institutions, and one hospital system. 

CRO Collaborative

Contract Service Organization Leaders

North Carolina's CSO sector is 150+ companies strong, and headlined by the sector leaders. Access to all North Carolina contract service companies companies can be found on the Company Directory.

PPD
IQVIA
Syneos Health
PRA Health Sciences