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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 18, Issue 3, Pages 205-208

The Challenges Facing Canadian Trialists in an Increasingly Competitive Global Market: What Can be Done to Remain Competitive?

David W Scheifele, Scott A Halperin, Brian Ward, and Bernard Duval

The Canadian Association for Immunization Research & Evaluation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 29 January 2007; Accepted 29 January 2007

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Globally, the pharmaceutical industry is condensing into fewer, larger international corporations. This has occurred with the vaccine industry in Canada, where two domestic producers have been absorbed by international companies. This changes the relationship between Canadian vaccine researchers and corporate head office research directors, who carefully assign prelicensure studies to potential market countries around the globe. To succeed in attracting prelicensure vaccine studies, Canadian researchers need to be outstanding in quality, reliability and efficiency. The present article highlights strategies to help researchers remain internationally competitive for industry-sponsored pharmaceutical studies.