I've been hearing various rumblings of this growing problem in India. What's concerning is that it's a broad array of capabilities that are being faced with shortages...data management specialists, clinical investigators, specialists in pharmacokinetics, etc. So it's MDs and PhDs and MS-level scientists, AND their supporting technicians.
I recently spoke with a toxicologist in The Netherlands who told me
that his CRO does work for Indian pharmaceutical companies. When I
asked him why, the response centered around their desire to enter
European markets. This answer didn't make a lot of sense to me, but I
didn't probe further.
This is a real problem. Is the Indian CRO market capacity constrained due to lack of personnel? Will CROs in India begin to outsource to other countries?
Clinical research sector faces shortage of 10,000 professionals
Clinical research sector in India is facing an acute shortage of technical people with the increasing flow of contract research jobs to the country. According to an industry estimate, this sector is in short of 10,000 professionals currently, and at the same time attrition rate has risen to 20 per cent.