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R&D: Strategic R&D Reorganization of Pre-Clinical Development Functions to a More Decentralized Operating Model

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  • A leading global life sciences company requested support to change its R&D organizational structure
  • More specifically, the focus was on pre-clinical development functions and tasks: overall size of the function relative to KPIs, degree of outsourcing, and opportunities to variabilization of spend, footprint and organizational structures


  • Genioo helped taking key decisions by conducting primary research with prominent industry experts and then summarized and synthesized findings
  • Defined survey plan and questionnaire
  • Interviewed internal and external SMEs with pre-clinical development experience
  • Complemented information with selected secondary research and publicly available best practice information


  • Key findings were then reviewed in working session with R&D leadership team
  • Results suggested to outsource to a greater level and a decentralized operating model
  • Based on the results, clearly outlined recommendations for actions to be taken:
    • Greater % of outsourced services; supported client to define activities, catalogue of deliverables, and run RFP to evaluate outsourcing options
    • Proposed a more decentralized, agile organizational structure