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Each and every person is well-known by the vast range of medicines, unaware of the fact that various clinical trials are performed on all the medicines before reaching them on the shelves of a chemist or pharmacist. Clinical Research is the field which brings specialization in this field and hires candidates to work on various job profiles related to this field. As this is a booming industry in India, various medical organizations are seeking more and more aspirants related to medical science or health sciences having required education and skills.
The Huge requirement in Clinical Research in India:
The clinical trials market worldwide is worth over USD 26 billion and the industry has employed an estimated 2,10,000 people in the US & over 70,000 in the UK, and that form one-third of the total research and development staff. There are more than 2,50,000 positions vacant globally & salaries vary in the region of approximately USD 40,000 per annum for a Clinical Research Coordinator. A career in Clinical Research offers excellent job opportunities in USA, Europe, Singapore & India.
ICRI – Institute of Clinical Research India, New Delhi
India’s first book on clinical research and pharmacovigilance was launched by ICRI. It is the first institute to launch a Ph.D. in Clinical Research & the first international & national conference in clinical research was also conducted by ICRI in India.
ICRI offers unique curriculum combines academic and practical learning with its internship schemes with global companies like Ranbaxy, DR Reddy’s labs, Glaxo SmithKline & Novartis to name a few. 90% of ICRI’s trainees are absorbed by these companies for a permanent position.
ICRI’s programs ensure that its graduates are equipped academically and are professionally trained for the global job market. As a result of the courses covering a wide variety of subjects, ICRI graduates are also hired by IT companies like HCS, TCS & WIPRO.
Most of the professionals working in clinical research & pharmacovigilance industry are ICRIians, therefore you will be the preferred candidate for the job. All programs are fully residential. University is spread over 45 acres of lush green land located very near to the Bengaluru International Airport & 52 acres in Delhi. Campuses in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore are genuinely a home away from home. Providing a comfortable and safe environment to its students is the University’s top most priority.
Here, is the list of various job types which one can opt for choosing his career in Clinical Research Industry:
CRA (Clinical Research Associate):
The role of CRA in clinical research is like a soul in our body. One can give a kick-start his career as a CRA. The key responsibilities of a CRA can be divided into three steps:
Many organizations provide practical training in Clinical Research. Some organizations require certifications to practice as a CRA, depending upon their policies.
A biostatistician has the key responsibility to perform statistical and programming designing. One has to statistically analyze the cause of issues affecting a living organism. Preparing summaries and reports is another role of a biostatistician. He is also responsible for the submissions of Biological License Applications and New Drug Applications. Research is a major role for a biotechnician. One can also pursue his career for medical research in government agencies.
Post requirements: Bachelor's degree is enough at the initial level to be a biostatistician. For advance work, one should have master's or doctor's degree in mathematics and biology as core subjects.
CRM (Clinical Research Manager):
CRM is the managerial post in Clinical Research. One who has a strong science background and capability of doing work independently can apply for this post. The role of a CRM is to supervise designing and writing of protocols, case report forms and informed consent forms based on clinical trials. One has to do this work regularly and have to submit them to the management group on time. One should have the ability to organize all the paperwork systematically.
Post requirements: One should know how to enter data on electronic systems as well. One can get the job in various government and non-government organizations such as MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), WHO (World Health Organization), Pharmaceutical companies, and more.
CDM (Clinical Data Manager):
Candidates who have experience of IT along with management can apply for the post of Clinical Data Manager. One has to research at critical aspects based on clinical trials. He has to collect data from various medical research projects whether clinical or pharmaceutical. He should manage all the data clearly and securely and prepare reports, data charts and other medical presentations for the management or research team.
Post requirements: One should have the leadership, database and communication skills, an ability to do team work and able to travel whenever required. Along with graduation in health informatics, Master's degree may be required for growth in this field. Some certificate courses are also offered online to get flexibility in this field.
Clinical Research Coordinator:
CRC (Clinical Research Coordinator) is a specialized professional in clinical trials. He has to work under the supervision of CPI (Clinical Principal Investigator). CRC plays a critical role in supporting, facilitating and coordinating all the clinical trials on regular basis. They are known as the organizers in the research lab. They have the responsibility to ensure quality and safety of clinical trials. They have to provide accurate proofs of medical advances which are important to take preventive care against various diseases. CRC is also responsible for setting a budget for research and coordinating with various companies for funding either through private or grants for the project. He has the responsibility to meet all the terms and conditions regarding safety, government policies and ethics of medical organizations.
Post requirements: Ability to completely analyze all the aspects of a budget is the key requirement for the post of CRC. One should have communication and organization skills to take new projects or hire a research team. One can apply for this job after completion of Bachelor's degree in science subjects such as chemistry, biology, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, biomedical ethics and clinical research management. One can also enter into this field after completing a vocational course and clear the clinical research professional exam for getting the professional certificate in clinical research.
Regulatory Affairs Manager (RAM):
The role of Regulatory Affair Manager is to bridge the gap between pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. He has the key responsibility to ensure company's legal compliances, to track legislation process, to register documents for filing. One has to do research if there is any change in government norms. He has to analyze new laws and ensure how they fit into the company by changing company policies.
Post requirements: One should have at least 7 years of practical experience along with the bachelor's degree related to this field. One should have the knowledge of various legal aspects, practices, and procedures. One should have to perform multitasking by working in a single company or multiple regulatory agencies.
Pharmacovigilance Associate (PVA):
Pharmacovigilance is associated with the safety of drugs. It plays a vital role in accessing all the risks and benefits of pharmaceutical products. The role of PVA is to ensure the safe use of the drug in patients of all age groups. One has to perform on initial stages of safety notifications related to any medicine; plan, execute and carry out Individual Case Safety Reports (ICSRs). One can also follow his career as a Pharmacovigilance Manager, Senior Drug Safety Officer, and director of any pharmacovigilance company.
Post requirements: One should have bachelor's degree in Life sciences such as the faculty of medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry or veterinary. One who have equivalent nursing and medical qualification can also enter into this field. Excellent communication and IT skills, multitasking, teamwork are required for this post. One who has fluency in a foreign language and had effective communication skills may also get an opportunity to work on an international level.
Other Job Types:
Clinical Research is a vast field related to medical or healthcare science. Due to the establishment of various national and international companies, there is a rise in demand for trained professionals in this field. One can opt for various other job types such as CRO (Clinical Research Organisation), Clinical Research Investigator (CRI), Research Nurse, Research site manager, Counsellors, Research Auditors, Project Manager, Marketing Executives, Contract Managers, Quality Assurance specialists (QA), Business Development Manager (BDM), Translators, Lab staff and more. One can get a pay scale as per his job profile, experience, and specializations related to clinical research Industry.
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