Clinical research is a relatively new business and profession in India. During the previous decades, not even a single contract research organization (CRO) existed in India. Pharmaceutical companies who were doing Clinical Trials managed regulatory work on their own and used to run the trial on their shoulders. Only a handful of senior doctors represented investigators participating in global multi-centric study.
But now the scenario has changed…India has produced more than 1000 GCP trained investigators and approximately 5000 trained CR professionals, who are successfully handling several global multi-centric studies.
Why a Career in Clinical Research?
- Has a Good Career Prospects.
- Has a Booming Market.
- Huge Demand & Supply Gap, Easy Entry.
- Knowledge Intensive Job.
- National & International Travel, Cross-cultural Exposure.
- Quick money, growth on the ladder.
- Increased Contacts, Marketability.
Career with Clinical Research Organization will not only enable you to help develop potentially lifesaving medicines, but it will also offer you a challenging and rewarding career path. You will have opportunity of a growing data-focused CRO and be able to work across a diverse portfolio of clients and international projects.
There are a range of CROs, including full-service CROs that handle every aspect of the clinical trial process for their clients, or smaller, that specialize in one aspect of a trial, or in a specific therapy area. Clients of CROs can range from small start-ups to some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
In CRO you will get the job as a Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Analyst, Clinical Research Investigator, Study Coordinator, Associate Study Coordinator, Data Manager/Biostatistician, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Clinical Trials Auditor, Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Research Manager, Clinical Data Coordinator, Clinical Data Associate ,Clinical Data Validator ,Clinical Data Reviewer, SAS Programmer, Biostatistician, Business Development Manager, Clinical Development Manager, Drug Safety Associate, Safety Scientist, Product Safety Monitor, Regulatory Affairs Associate, Scientific Medical Writer, Medical Writer, QA/QC Associate, in regulatory affairs, as a medical monitor, in Ethics committee coordinator, as an investigator, co-investigator etc.
Job stability is another significant advantage when you tend to choose Clinical Research as a field of study after your intermediate. CROs work with several pharmaceutical clients, so if one project is dropped unexpectedly you will not find yourself out of work. Instead, you will be simply placed on a new project with a different company sponsor.
CROs are, to a certain extent, better prospect from the effects of economic decline. CROs are large, structured organizations with many potential resources and multiple projects. Hence career in clinical research is definitely secure, challenging and satisfying.