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Clinical Research: A guide

Source: NonStop Recruitment
Published: 28/10/09
Clinical Research is one of the key areas in the pharmaceutical product development.

Clinical Research is the phase of the Drug Development Life Cycle, where testing is carried out on humans, in tightly controlled Clinical Trials, in order to ensure that the Drugs are safe to use and effective in treating disease.

If you are looking to start your career in Clinical Research you will find that an essential foundation is having a life science related degree, or experience as a registered nurse.

A clinical research career can be pursued in either a pharmaceutical company or a clinical research organisation / contract research organisation company (known in the industry as a CRO).

If you have no experience in Clinical Research and do not have a life science degree the position that would help you to get a "foot in the door" is a CTA position.

This role is very much an administration position that is focused in filing clinical research documents and assist Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in monitoring clinical studies within hospitals.

A CTA position normally ranges from £18,000 to £25,000 pounds a year. This role would be the first step in clinical research; it is normally best to work in this position for about 2 years and then move on to a more senior role.

A Clinical Research career normally evolves within the following roles:

1. CTA
2. CRA or Clinical Research Nurse
3. Senior Clinical Research Associate
4. Clinical Project Manager
5. Senior Clinical Research Project Manager
6. Director of Clinical Operations

In addition to all of this clinical research is also an interesting area to be working as you have a real input in bringing important medicinal markets to market for use in a global market place.

NonStop Recruitment is a market leader in pharmaceutical Recruitment with specialist consultants covering major markets such as UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and the Netherlands. These consultants recruit for all major roles within the pharmaceutical industry, including clinical research, quality assurance, sales and marketing, pharmacovigilance, business development and regulatory affairs.  

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