This year, the full-service contract research organisation Scandinavian CRO (SCRO) celebrates its 10th anniversary. The company has over the years succeeded with a steady, organic and strategic growth and is now represented in all four Nordic countries.
Scandinavian CRO is a full-service contract research organisation headquartered in Uppsala. The company has years of experience in running, as well as staffing, clinical trials in many therapeutic areas.
”We offer tailored solutions designed to address each customer’s specific needs. We’re a thriving company that takes pride and joy in helping customers be successful,” says Ulrika Hammarström Lüllmaa, CEO of Scandinavian CRO (SCRO), which she founded in 2007.
Being represented in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland the company has reached one of its milestones and will from now on focus on strengthen all four countries separately, but also as one unit.
”The expansion shall rather be on the number of assignments and to grow as an organisation. Not only in the number of employees, but also in terms of competence and experience. In the last year, we’ve recruited several strategic key roles in the company. We have a new CFO and several new project managers with strong backgrounds in their respective fields. We also continue to strengthen our statistics and data management department and will recruit more strategic positions to continue to advance the company,” she adds.
Operating Procedures Cover All Segments
The Nordic market is currently experiencing a growth within Medical Device, especially in Sweden and Denmark.
”We’ve raised our staff’s competence in this field in order to meet the increased demand for studies of medical devices and of products combining medical devices and active pharmaceutical ingredients. We’ve also adapted our Standard Operating Procedures so that they cover all segments,” Ulrika Hammarström Lüllmaa comments.
With the regulatory and monitoring demands constantly getting tougher and stricter, they also see an increased need of their services in investigator initiated studies.
”We happily work with academic research groups. One example is the Beta-JUDO – Beta-cell function in Juvenile Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity – project initiated by Uppsala University within the EU Seventh Framework Program. The aim is to identify novel strategies reducing insulin hypersecretion in young obese individuals and we’re proud of being a part of this important project,” says Ulrika Hammarström Lüllmaa.
A tendency in the CRO market is that risk based monitoring is increasing, which demands more of soft skills among the CRO staff.
”Our ambition is to be a partner to our customers, not just a supplier of services. Hence, communication, feedback and risk analysis are all important aspects of what we do and what we deliver. Our long-lasting customer relations prove that our personal engagement gains our customers as well.”