John Q. Kamerud, Ph.D., is scientific director at Eurofins Pharma Bioanalytical Services, where he serves as scientific and technical advisor for both clients and internal teams for development, validation, and application of assays to comply with scientific goals and regulatory requirements. He has over 20 years of experience in the development, validation, and implementation of immunoassay methods.
The past few years have seen a tremendous amount of restructuring, integration, and “right-sizing” within our industry. According to Forbes, pharma companies have laid off more than 300,000 workers since 2000. A substantial proportion of these were in research and development (R&D) functions. Does that mean that drug development has come to a standstill? Hardly. According to FiercePharma, global R&D spending in the pharma industry increased approximately 228% in the decade 2000–2010. Much of that slack is being taken up by CROs (contract research organizations), which saw a doubling in employment during the same decade, according to the Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University.