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Progenitor Launches Resourcing Solutions Division, Gains Traction in Vaccines

Monday, November 30, 2009

Emerging markets contract research organization (CRO) Progenitor International Research recently launched a Resourcing Solutions Division. 

The company can currently place clinical research professionals, individually or in teams, in 10 countries in Latin America—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela—as well as Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It plans to increase geographical coverage of its resourcing solution. 

“Throughout many of the emerging market regions, large pharmaceutical companies have established offices in the countries where we operate and they need a flexible resourcing strategy. We have formed the resourcing solutions business unit to fill the staffing and insourcing needs of emerging market customers,” said Renée Moore, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Progenitor International Research. 

Founded in 2005, Progenitor has 45 full-time staff  in eight countries as well as 10 contractors. The company’s largest office is its Latin American headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where it has 20 staff. Its German office, which is the European headquarters, houses operational management and its Swiss office handles business management. Its Indian headquarters is located in Ahmedabad. Progenitor’s teams have completed more than 200 studies in emerging markets. 

“We’re placing clinical research professionals individually or in teams across a broad range of job functions for specific client needs. Those professionals include project managers, clinical research associates and clinical research assistants. We provide contract or permanent placement candidates. We’re actively advertising and interviewing candidates. We keep candidates that we don’t immediately place in our resourcing database, and we’re actively contacting them and re-contacting them to assess their interest and availability for immediate placement. We assess their experience level, their therapeutic experience, their interest in career development and many other factors that allow us to do an appropriate best-fit placement for our customers,” Moore said. 

Progenitor’s clients for its resourcing solutions are not only large pharma but also, increasingly, mid-sized U.S.- and Europe-based CROs that don’t have their own operations in emerging markets.

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