Our Interactive-CRA training program for Clinical Research Professional are designed for persons with or without prior on-site clinical trials experience, seeking qualifications and/or current practical knowledge to effectively work as a Principal Investigator (PI), Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research
The pharmaceutical sector is one of the most lucrative industries, with an annual turnover of £41.8 billion and exports which account for 8.2% of the nation’s total. There’s never been a more exciting or interesting time to join the 113,000 people who are directly employed by the Indian pharmaceutical sector. With ever-more advanced technologies making their way onto the marketplace, bringing with them the chance to delve even further into everything from medicines to the way that the human body is structured, working in pharmaceuticals brings with it the chance to get involved in one of the country’s most dynamic industries.ion
That includes clinical research. Clinical research, and clinical trials, are an important step in developing new medicines that can safely be used and distributed through GPs, clinics and hospitals to the 70,231 people admitted to A&E each day and the thousands more who access the health service through other avenues. Not only is it an interesting and varied job, but it’s also one that is essential to healthcare systems across the world, and one that we at GRATISOL LABS go the extra mile to support. From encouraging new talent to developing employees in their existing roles, our commitment to nurturing passionate researchers is a continuous source of importance to us.
For those interested in the field or already working in clinical research, here are five reasons why it makes for a brilliant career.
You can help make a difference in people’s lives
Clinical research can make all the difference when it comes to saving peoples’ lives, or improving their quality of life. Not only do clinical trials trial new drugs and medicines for general use by the population, they also tackle diseases that were previously thought incurable, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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Even if the work you do might not result in an immediate breakthrough, it will be put in a database where other scientists can study your research and work towards making their own. A perfect example of this is the development of gene therapies which created quite a stir in the pharmaceutical industry in the 1990s. The efforts of clinical researches spanned three decades before the first gene therapy was approved and now we’ve seen treatments that can stave off blindness and improve the quality of life for people suffering from deadly muscle-wasting diseases.
If you choose to pursue a career in clinical research you can be sure that you’ll make a difference in people’s lives, whether through curing patients in new ways, or working to combat increasingly-prevalent issues like antibiotic resistance, especially given that no new antibiotics have been discovered in over thirty years.
You’ll develop if you work with the right companies
Clinical research is an excellent career to get involved in if you want to develop your role and push yourself- and at GRATISOL LABS, that’s something we take extremely seriously. Given that the industry expectation is that you need two years of experience within the industry to work as a Clinical Research Associate and monitor tests, there is a shortage of CRAs, but no shortage of talent waiting to be trained.
That’s why we’ve taken a proactive approach to developing a strong pipeline of CRA talent, investing in the learning and development of our talented internal staff, and opening the doors to new graduates or study co-ordinators who want to get involved in the industry and are interested in discovering how to get clinical research experience. With a variety of development programmes, from the 2 month to six-month CRA Certification Programme for new graduates, to the Gratisol Labs Programme for individuals with previous levels of industry experience, GRATISOL LABS is working hard to ensure that the development of our staff, and the corresponding excellence of our staff, remains one of our top priorities.
You can put your science degree to good use
Not only is clinical research a fulfilling career, but it’s also a challenging one. Clinical research is responsible for ascertaining how safe and effective drugs, devices and diagnostic products are, and as such it’s a demanding role with plenty of responsibility riding on it. It’s also one where you can get stuck in from the beginning in a Clinical Research Associate position, which will give you a strong grounding in business, whilst also maintaining your links to science, and allowing you to push boundaries and develop or test new products.
Which is why clinical research is a great career for bright and talented science graduates – particularly those who have a degree in science, bio-medicine, nursing or pharmacy.
There’s a lot of investment in the sector
Apart from GRATISOL LABS’s range of development programmes available, there’s also a lot of innovation currently taking place within clinical research. In 2019, more than 870,000 participants took part in clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Network- a 16% increase on the year before. In addition, the NIHR has continued to support high-quality NHS research with record-breaking 2,194 new studies taking place and a strong focus on children’s research studies and mental health research. With ever more investment going into the clinical research sector, now’s a great time to be getting involved in the opportunities and expanding variety of trials opening up within the industry.
It’s a varied role
There’s never a dull day when you’re working in clinical research. The sector is ideal if you like variety and you like to be challenged, because apart from setting up, monitoring and closing clinical studies, you’ll also be travelling to different research areas, writing reports, going into the office for meetings and getting to know hundreds of different people- whether as part of the trials or within different companies. Though it can be hard, as you’ll be working with and managing investigators as well as managing the priorities on studies, the job can also open doors into a whole variety of industries and careers, from Project Management to Clinical Operations. It’s what you make of it.
Take the next step in your clinical research career
Whether you’re recently graduated and ready to pursue a career in clinical research or are interested in exploring opportunities we can help. At Gratisol Labs, we invest time and effort into making sure that anybody who goes into clinical research is supported and has the chance to develop throughout their career.
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