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Scientist on October 27, 2010


Many people cringe at the sound of the word, but in the drug discovery industry, it’s the future as pharma companies race to cut costs and improve efficiency. To accommodate the increased demand for outsourced research services and to foster research innovation, Scientist has created contract research exchanges (CRXs) in which industry and academic researchers can communicate directly with global vendors to first design and then order custom services. CRXs enable efficient online communication between researcher and vendor and can dramatically improve the ease and effectiveness of the relationship.

On the vendor side, Scientist offers tools that help expand web-based marketing and sales efforts. All registered vendors can communicate with researchers via the unique microblog channel and use the quote and order management system. Premium vendors can also directly advertise their service and product catalog on the desktops of pharmaceutical and academic outsourcing customers.

Check out our CRX subscription plans for more details on becoming a premium vendor and using CRXs as a new advertising tool. Premium vendors can include detailed listings of their research services and products in the CRX and they get top billing on general request forms.

Why advertise?

Customers search the CRX by service name, service category, keyword or vendor name, or they use the CRX taxonomy to drill down to the services and vendors they need. When a new customer searches for a service or product using a CRX, your chances of getting that new business are greatly improved if your company and its services are prominently displayed in the search results.

Premium vendors can list custom services, fixed-price services, specialized products, consultant services and integrated services. For $49 per month, Silver plan subscribers are able to advertise up to 10 services or products, perfect for vendors who only offer a few specialty items. For $99 per month, Gold plan subscribers can advertise up to 75 services or products. For $299 per month, Platinum plan subscribers can advertise up to 300 services or products. Platinum subscribers also receive technical copywriting and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) assistance.

If you have already registered, please consider becoming a premium vendor. If you are not yet registered, please open a free account and learn more about how Scientist can help expand your business.