Why a Holistic Approach?
Because issues in one area of lab function, such as poorly functioning equipment or outdated communication systems, often have a ripple effect that bogs down the entire process of completing research projects. One of the primary benefits of co-sourcing is the ability to address both big-picture and granular operational issues that impact operational overall efficiency and productivity.
Unlike individual contractors with expertise in a single, specialized area, such as software systems or equipment maintenance, the co-sourcing model offers a full range of services that can be deployed as needed to resolve issues causing systemic operational dysfunction.
Key to the success of co-sourcing is the oversight of a dedicated lab project manager, who is the single point of contact for all services. They can help assess and monitor all facets of the laboratory to identify interconnected issues that are impeding operations and reducing productivity, and help pinpoint which services and solutions are necessary to resolve them based on the laboratory’s individual needs. On the flip side, insights gleaned from “big picture” assessments can help laboratories avoid the cost of superfluous services that are not necessary.
A lab project manager should be well-versed and qualified to help support higher-level laboratory operations, including asset management, QC, regulatory compliance, business analytics, and optimal use of laboratory space.
Finally, a co-sourcing collaborator that offers start-to-finish relocation services can be a tremendous asset when part or all of a laboratory needs to be transferred to another facility, whether nearby or across the globe. Because of the multiple, complex steps required to dismantle, pack, transport, and set up equipment and systems to a new facility, a co-sourcing collaborator with relocation expertise who is intimately familiar with all aspects of laboratory functions can help plan and streamline every step of the process.
Ultimately, the holistic co-sourcing service model will allow researchers to reclaim their role in setting research priorities and goals, and focusing on the discovery and development of new therapies and diagnostics that will advance healthcare and improve patient outcomes.