As Anne mentioned in the last post, we appreciate all your prayers! It seems that most of us are getting over our brief sicknesses! Everyone seems to be enjoying their internships and we are learning a lot. We are all so tired by the end of the day that we rarely venture out after dinner.

John and I are working at ClinSync, a clinical research organization (CRO). CROs perform clinical trials on humans to understand side effects of new drugs before they reach the market. This important phase of research has often been noted as extremely slow and inefficient. ClinSync aims to synchronize the clinical research industry (hence their name). Since being founded in 2011, ClinSync has experienced a lot of growth and is looking to expand in the coming years. Not only will they be expanding their staff in India, but they plan to invest in other locations as well. This is where John and I come in. Our project has been to analyze the current staffing cost and compare it with industry standards in India and the United States. In addition, we are forecasting staffing costs for their expansion.

Today John and I finished up the majority of our market research. We also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Suresh Kamireddy, one of the founders, to discuss their plans for the future.

John outside ClinSync

John outside ClinSync

There was also a practice fire drill before we left! Many new employees had their first day of training today which prompted the drill.

ClinSync is a Clinical Research Organization in India

ClinSync is a Clinical Research Organization in India

This evening we were invited to the Gandhi’s home in Secunderbad for dinner. The Gandhi’s have sent two sons to Calvin College and are members of the church we attended on Sunday. We had Indian style Chinese food which was delicious and not too spicy! We think we’ve begun to adapt to the spices (somewhat).

Dinner at the Gandhi's home

Dinner at the Gandhi’s home

Before heading to dinner, I was able to snap a shot of a beautiful sunset outside our hotel window. We’ve got a great view of Hyderabad!

Sunset in Hyderabad from our hotel window

Sunset in Hyderabad from our hotel window

That’s all for tonight! Thanks for reading!

-Bret

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