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Regulatory/Clinical Trials Monitoring

PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:02 pm
by Sue
I graduated with MS Biology and IT. I would like to enter into the clinical research industry (eg. clinical trials monitoring). How I do make a transition from Biotech research (1 year experience) to Clinical research? Are there any CROs that hire entry level candidates? What kind of experience do I need to look for in preparation for such a career? Are there any links in the science web site explaining opportunities in this area?
Thanks
Sue

Regulatory/Clinical Trials Monitoring

PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 7:09 pm
by Dave Jensen
Hi Sue,

Making the transition to Clinical Research is described in a number of articles on the Science's NextWave website, at www.nextwave.org. However, you do need to access that from a site that has a license, such as a University, or else perhaps you have an association membership that will allow you to read it, or you subscribe to SCIENCE.

Yes, CRO's will hire entry level candidates, but they generally do so on a "try it and see if you like it" basis by using temporary staffing firms to fill many of the positions. Some of these companies have web training links they recommend (Kelly Scientific has such an investment in web training) and others, such as ClinForce, have actual hands-on training that they put their newbie workers through. This is generally enough to get your foot in the door, and then if the CRO likes you, you can get to stay as a permanent employee. It is much cheaper for them to use companies like this than to pay traditional headhunting firms.

I don't believe you'll have a difficult time making the transition with a MS and a year of work references under your belt,

Dave Jensen, Moderator