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Is being a CRA a good way to break into regulatory?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 2:29 pm
by Kim
What do you think of using a CRA position as a stepping stone to regulatory affairs?

I've recently taken a position providing career resources for grad students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences at a Research I university. I have a soon-to-defend Pharmacology student who is burned out and uninterested in a post-doc. After some reading, she's very interested in regulatory affairs. Unfortunately, our region is not a hotbed of biotech companies, and she's unable to relocate at this time for personal reasons. We do, however, have two large CROs in town that employ a lot of entry-level CRAs.

Since regulatory is notoriously difficult to break into, and she's tied to this area for at least another two years, should she consider pursuing a CRA position in order to get some industry experience and regulatory exposure? Or will that be looked upon unfavorably down the line when she is able to relocate?

Many thanks for your thoughts-
Kim