Helping to ensure that the drug discovery and development process continues evolving, contract research organizations (CROs) are of increasing value to biotech and biopharma. These guardians of the pipeline keep the process alive by providing the best-in-class assay and technological support to insure that viable, new drug candidates are commercialized.
The support needed at each phase of the drug pipeline is available from a CRO, whether it be a small niche organization that has specialized in a specific assay or platform technology, or a large organization that serves as a one-stop-shop with extensive technologies/services to take an optimized lead candidate through clinical trials to full commercialization.
Indigo Biosciences was born out of expertise with a specific assay technology, in this case one focused on nuclear receptors. This small CRO was spun out of Penn State University when Jack Vanden Heuvel, Ph.D., founder and CSO, realized that his nuclear receptors expertise could be leveraged for drug discovery.