Over at ask.metafilter, someone has posed the question “what’s it like to work for a CRO?”
The person asking the question is a university research assistant with a background in cognitive neuroscience and an interest in statistics and applied math.
So far, one excellent answer has been posted. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 12th, 2011 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Clinical research, Preclinical R&D | Tags: clinical research associate, contract research organization, CRA, CRO, entry-level | No Comments »
I recently discovered a blog by a medicinal chemist who has shared some interesting career insights. Medicinal chemistry, or pharmaceutical chemistry, is the discipline of designing and synthesizing new drugs, and it can be a very interesting career pathway for chemists looking for a job in the pharma or biotech sector.
In his post “Life with a Drug Discovery CRO“, the author describes what it was like to work for a contract research organization that specialized in combinatorial chemistry, synthesis, scale up and process development on behalf of big pharma clients.
How it worked for us in med chem was we would be presented with a project (in varying detail and with varying amount of leeway in our allotted tasks) with some fixed length of contract. Most were annually renewable and many continued for multiple years. The customers in question were a mix of pharma and start-up: for the established players, we were outsourcing for a project they did not have the internal capacity for (usually because there were more pressing projects and/or synthetic challenges to overcome). For the start-ups, we were their chemistry department.
Posted: June 6th, 2011 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Preclinical R&D | Tags: chemist, chemistry, contractresearch, CRO, dayinthelife, medicinalchemistry | No Comments »
Clinical Research Associate jobs are in high demand. CRA jobs pay well, are often home-based, and offer a relatively high degree of personal autonomy. It’s a job that offers a good mix of solo time as well as working with others, and it’s a job where you can really feel like your work matters, because you’re contributing to the safe development of new drugs that can improve lives. The CRA role hasn’t changed a great deal over the years, with the exception of the increasing adoption of electronic methods for collecting case reports. But the nature of CRA employment has changed and is continuing to shift as companies change the way they do business. This article will discuss the four most common CRA employment arrangements and make some predictions for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2009 | Author: Headhunter | Filed under: Clinical research, Clinical Research Associates | Tags: career, clinical, clinical research associate, clinicalresearch, contract research organization, CRA, CRO, independent, outsourcing | 8 Comments »