2017 MetroConnect Awards

blog blog phoptoRecognition of our amazing CROs

It may be easier to recognize a product (or prospective-product) company. A lot about the market need and prospective product impact may be known, even advertised compellingly by the company. We can readily enthuse over the science behind the product and the innovative technologies that it embodies.

Much of the contribution of a contract research organization (“CRO”) is less glamorous. In a support role, a CRO’s labors and successes are usually hidden behind the programs described by the product companies it supports.

CROs, though, may contribute not just a services element, but also an important innovation one. And it is pleasing when a CRO is pulled out for recognition alongside leading product companies.

San Diego’s mayor, Kevin Faulconer, announced the 14 winners of the 2017 MetroConnect awards on Tuesday, August 2nd in a ceremony at Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego. Mayor Faulconer congratulated a Craft brewing Company, a manufacturer of specialized first responder lighting, a vendor of efficient vehicle fuel solutions, and two life sciences companies, Dermala (pursuing innovative topical products inspired by the skin microbiome) and CureMatch (a pioneer in personalized medicine technology for use in oncology. Mayor Faulconer also introduced a key member of San Diego’s vibrant CRO community, Tioga Research.

The MetroConnect award, run by the World Trade Center San Diego, is designed to increase the exporting activities of small and medium-sized San Diego businesses. With clients already in Europe, Japan and India, Tioga Research plans to use the funding and resources awarded under the MetroConnect program in a catalytic manner, to build further business opportunities in Japan, India and Korea and to serve the swelling interest of life science companies in China and India to work with California-based CROs.



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