Biology Services: Contract Research Organization

Biology Services :: List of Contract Research Organizations (CRO) :: Pre-clinical CROs

Welcome to Biology CRO informational resource for life science and pharmaceutical researchers. This website provides a list of contract research organizations (CRO) that offer various pharmacology and biotechnology laboratory services to pharma/biotech industry and academic research centers.

A contract research organization or CRO is a company that provides outsourced research services, typically laboratory-based or analytical, to pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device manufacturers. Among the services they provide are preclinical research, development of drugs, in vitro and in vivo studies, assay development, commercialization work, and management of clinical trials.

CRO companies often work closely with research institutes, universities, governmental organizations, and other entities involved in pharmaceutical and health research. CROs vary in size from large multinational organizations with the resources for large-scale clinical trials to small companies with expertise in specific assays or processes. For example, with the use of high throughput RNAi screening methods, CRO laboratories can test specific gene functions, or even perform screens of an entire genome in a relatively short period of time – recent scientific breakthrough in gene silencing research has revolutionized both the scale and speed with which gene and protein function is studied today.

CROs that maintain quality systems called good laboratory practices (GLP) or good manufacturing practices (GMP) can be used to perform studies to support regulatory filings such as Investigational New Drug (IND) applications – regulated by federal agency FDA in USA.


Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory Services (Company):

Xenograft, Invivo toxicology service (IND), biodistribution, RNAi studies (Altogen Labs)

DNA Sequencing Services (Cofactor Genomics)

Genome analysis services (Celera)

Bioremediation Products and Services (Soil Bioremediation Inc)

Histology and mRNA arrays CRO services (GE Healthcare Life Sciences)

Microarray consulting (Arrayit Corp)

Microarray design and CRO services (GE Healthcare)

In Vivo RNA Interference (RNAi) services (Altogen Services)

Custom and modified oligo synthesis (Biosearch Technologies)

Protein microarray processing (Amersham)

Transfection products and services (Cell-Transfection Inc)

Real-time qRT-PCR validation of gene silencing (Applied Biosystems)

siRNA transfection resource (siRNA Transfection)

Liposome formulation and liposomal encapsulation (Liposome Services)

Bacterial strain construction (Wiki)

Vector construction and modification (Origene Inc)

Stable cell line development, generation of protein overexpression cell lines (Altogen Biosystems)

ATP Contamination testing (Wiki)

cDNA normalization, Competent cells, Custom Reporter gene assay (Promega)