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2011 Scrip 100: The Scrip Clinical Research 25

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Executive Summary

The big boys remained entrenched at the top of the CRO league table in 2009, but further down the ranks a string of partnerships, acquisitions and delistings added flavour to a dynamic market sector, writes Jonathan Hare.

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