Prasad A. Sristi’s article on CRO Profitability – Applied Clinical Trials
Mindprint President Prasad A. Sristi’s Interview on CRO Profitability
Prasad A. Sristi was interviewed on Skype by the Clinical Trials Guru, Dan Sfera. Topics of their conversation included CRO Profitability, Study Proposals, and Investigator Payments. Watch the 20 minute video here
Mindprint Implements Market-Leading Automation Solution for Ockham Oncology
Innovative Software System Simplifies Management, Improves Profitability of Clinical Trials
TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – May 28, 2014) – Mindprint Inc. and Ockham Development, Inc. have implemented an innovative automation software system to help the global CRO manage trials efficiently to ensure a more focused approach to its core oncology mission.
Mindprint, a Toronto-based company specializing in software management solutions for the Contract Research industry, has worked onsite with Ockham to customize the new management tool, which went live in December 2013.
“Our passion is helping companies fight cancer,” said Jim Baker, CEO of Ockham, which includes a global division solely focused on cancer drug trials. “We have successfully completed more than 250 oncology trials for some of the leading pharma companies.
“Because of the operational complexity in managing global trials, our conventional software tools have become cumbersome. After extensive research, we chose Mindprint as our solution.”
Ockham continues to experience fast growth just two years after the successful integration of Nexus Oncology, a Scotland-based oncology CRO. Mindprint, which specializes in CRO software solutions, prepared an operational plan while working closely with the Ockham team.
“We interviewed the key subject matter experts for Ockham Oncology,” said Prasad A. Sristi, CEO of Mindprint.”We were able to use our library of CRO solutions for demo purposes to gather quality feedback and build consensus about what Ockham needed.” Both Sristi and Baker praised the thorough review of Ockham’s business.
“These new tools help us serve our clients more effectively and preserve our essential focus on the clinical challenge in helping our clients in developing new cancer-fighting formulations,” Baker said.
Mindprint implemented a professional services automation (PSA) tool customized for Ockham’s needs. A key part of the PSA allows Ockham to measure the profitability of each clinical study — a challenging aspect of every trial due to the many data sources associated with each trial.
Sristi said the core of the technology is the patented Axpert platform developed in Bangalore by India-based Agile Labs. This tool allow the customization of enterprise management systems without extensive hard coding.
Baker praised Mindprint software’s capacity to do much more for their business in addition to generating interactive reports on profitability. “The system implemented by Mindprint is exactly what we needed,” Baker said. “When we began implementation, we realized that if utilized correctly Mindprint can be fundamental to our business and meet our growth demands.”
The new software tools allow “much more accurate financial data and financial forecasts for our entire company,” Baker said.
ABOUT OCKHAM: Launched in 1986, Ockham is a global oncology CRO and full-spectrum global resourcing company. Clinical expertise, therapeutic focus, and successful oncology trial outcomes have created an industry leadership position for Ockham Oncology. Ockham Source continues to achieve sustained success by offering traditional sourcing solutions as well as a growing FSP (Functional Service Provider). Ockham’s world headquarters is based in Cary, North Carolina, with the European headquarters located in Roslin, Scotland, near Edinburgh. Ockham offices are located strategically around the world to serve global customers. For more information about Ockham, visit www.ockham.com. Read more about Ockham Oncology.
ABOUT MINDPRINT: Mindprint Inc. specializes in serving Contract Research Organizations and pharmaceutical companies with cloud-based enterprise software solutions that provide direct business benefits such as enhanced profitability, streamlined business processes and superior customer value. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Mindprint has partnered with a number of leading CROs and understands the life cycle of a clinical study as well as the business challenges and system requirements unique to the life sciences industry. Read more about Mindprint Inc.
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AlcheraBio LLC Announces Partnership With Mindprint Inc. to Move to a Cloud-Based Custom Enterprise Software Solution Designed to Improve Productivity and Drive Future Growth
New Jersey/Toronto: AlcheraBio, a veterinary clinical contract research organization (CRO) based in New Jersey, and Mindprint Inc. of Markham, Ontario, have completed the implementation of a Custom Enterprise Software System (ERP) that will dramatically improve AlcheraBio’s productivity, allocation of resources and plans for growth.
AlcheraBio provides the most-up-date support to its clients in the animal health care, biotechnology and life sciences fields by delivering thorough, detailed services quickly.
The implementation allows AlcheraBio to collate several systems to a “one-button push” system that is highly efficient. The system manages CRO operations such as study proposal management, study quotation, timesheets, expenses, invoicing, CRM, and HR.
”Now, we can clearly see where the company might gain efficiency, cut costs, or make additional investments into the business,” said Dr. Johnny Jacobsen, COO of AlcheraBio.
The partnership with Mindprint Inc., which designs, develops, and implements cloud-based software solutions for the Clinical Research market, provides something completely different from other solutions: an affordable, cloud-based front-to-back-end, fully customized enterprise software solution that fits the specific needs of AlcheraBio.
“No two contract research organizations are the same, and they all have very complex requirements,” said Prasad A. Sristi, founder and president of Mindprint Inc. “With our Axpert based software, clients get our ‘hands-on’ systematic approach to helping them solve and manage their internal process challenges, and an attractive subscription package that does not require massive outlays of customer time or money. It provides them the flexibility they need as their organization grows and prospers,” he said.
AlcheraBio said the Mindprint solution has already slashed project financial administration management time by nearly three quarters. The company now spends 7 to 8 hours a month (down from 32-36) collecting, aggregating and managing its financial data at month end. Besides harnessing its own internal processes, the technology has helped AlcheraBio offer up-to-date project cost numbers to its clients.
“Transparency is so important in everything we do. Now there are no black holes,” said AlcheraBio’s COO Dr. Jacobsen.
AlcheraBio LLC is a leading veterinary clinical contract research organization (CRO) and animal health consultancy. AlcheraBio is headquartered in New Jersey, with a satellite office in Kansas City. AlcheraBio is a subsidiary of Argenta, a global formulations R&D and manufacturing company headquartered in New Zealand, with a newly opened R&D facility in Lawrence, Kansas. AlcheraBio is a comprehensive resource supporting many facets of the animal health industry. AlcheraBio has provided a variety of services for animal health companies, biotechnology and life sciences companies, and investors since their inception in April 2001. http://www.alcherabio.com/
Mindprint Inc. specializes in serving Contract Research Organizations and pharmaceutical companies with cloud-based enterprise software solutions that provide direct business benefits such as enhanced profitability, streamlined business processes and superior customer value. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Mindprint has partnered with a number of leading CROs and understands the life cycle of a clinical study as well as the business challenges and system requirements unique to the life sciences industry. http://www.mindprintsolutions.com/
For more information or to arrange an interview with AlcheraBio or Mindprint principals, contact:
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Prasad A. Sristi of Mindprint Presents Webinar on Applied Clinical Trials Online
Webinar addresses real world benefits of adopting an Axpert based workflow management system by CROs
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(April 16, 2012) –
Prasad A. Sristi, President, Mindprint Inc. and Ron Kolanitch, Corporate Director of Business Development, Ethica Clinical Research Inc. will present a webinar on the benefits of adopting a workflow management system on April 24th, 2012 at 11:00 AM EST. Registration for the webinar can be done at Applied Clinical Trials Online website.
A recording of the video and audio will be available at the above link after the webinar.
Mindprint and ethica Clinical Research Inc. Announce Implementation of Highly Effective Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System
Implementation of Customized Axpert ERP System at ethica Was Complete in Less Than Four Months
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 31, 2012) –
Mindprint Inc. and ethica Clinical Research Inc. announced the successful implementation of a highly effective Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for managing all pre-sales, operations, and finance related processes for ethica Clinical Research Inc.
ethica Clinical Research Inc. is a full-service Contract Research Organization (CRO) operating in Canada, Mexico and India that conducts and manages ethical clinical research on drugs, biologics, medical devices and natural health products. ethica had evaluated multiple ERP systems and found that none fully met their requirements. All of the standard ERP systems either did not have the functionality needed to meet ethica’s requirements or were so rigid that ethica would have had to change their internal processes to suit the software.
ethica originally engaged Mindprint for a two-week requirement gathering session that began with an assessment and exploration of ethica’s internal work processes and resulted in the generation of the ideal processes for an ERP system that would fit ethica’s size and culture. Mindprint then provided a fixed price quote for mapping all of ethica’s work processes including customer relationship management, human resources, operations, timesheets, and invoicing into an Axpert based ERP system.
The entire ERP system implementation within ethica’s organization (including design, development, installation, and data migration) was done in less than four months. Mindprint’s iterative approach ensured that the key users at ethica were highly engaged during the entire implementation process and this resulted in a system that fit ethica like a glove. Mindprint’s fixed price approach also significantly mitigated the financial risk of the project for ethica’s senior management.
“Mindprint worked very efficiently and intuitively. It was very adept at understanding the complexities of our business processes and simplifying them in the context of developing an ERP system that suited our needs,” said Dr. Janice Parente, President of ethica Clinical Research Inc. “Axpert has been successful at consolidating and centralizing ethica’s key processes in a way that allows us to manage the business more effectively and efficiently.”
“Midsize professional services organizations are underserved in the market by ERP vendors. This provided an opportunity for Mindprint and our Axpert platform to work together and develop a perfectly fitted ERP for ethica Clinical Research Inc., a midsize organization that operates in Canada, India and Mexico,” said Prasad Sristi, Founder and President, Mindprint Inc. “As a clinical research organization managing clinical studies for drugs and natural health products, ethica’s internal processes are complex. Instead of imposing a set of so called ‘best practices’, our belief in honing our clients’ internal processes to a new level of efficiency resulted in a system that fit ethica like a glove and has been operating at 100% usage from day one. Axpert’s no-coding approach ensured that the implementation was complete in less than four months as compared to the years that other ERP systems often require.”
Mindprint Inc. specializes in serving Contract Research Organizations and pharmaceutical companies with cloud-based enterprise software solutions that provide direct business benefits such as enhanced profitability, streamlined business processes and superior customer value. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Mindprint has partnered with a number of leading CROs and understands the life cycle of a clinical study as well as the business challenges and system requirements unique to the life sciences industry.www.mindprintsolutions.com
About ethica Clinical Research Inc.
ethica Clinical Research Inc. is a leading provider of contract research and ethics review services, and a staunch proponent of initiatives related to the protection and enhancement of the rights and welfare of research participants. In 2006, ethica became the first Canadian company to be accredited by AAHRPP (Association for the Accreditation of Research Participant Programs). Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, ethica’s wholly-owned subsidiaries – ethica CRO Inc., Veritas IRB Inc. and Merita CQA Inc. – offer a full complement of clinical study management, ethics review and quality assurance services respectively. With offices in Canada, Mexico and India, ethica’s subsidiaries support the biopharmaceutical industry’s clinical research activities on drugs, biologics, medical devices, cosmeceuticals, and natural health products. www.ethicaclinical.com