Opportunities in Clinical Reasearch
Pharmaceutical sector is growing. Encompassing more than 5,000 companies and with a value that’s estimated to increase US$100 billion by 2025, working in science has never been more exciting- or more interesting. 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.
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. Not only is it an interesting and varied job, but it’s also one that is essential to healthcare systems across the world.
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. 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.
The result? You’ll be making 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 the last thirty years.
Clinical research is an excellent career to get involved in if you want to develop your role and push yourself. 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.
As a result, clinical research is perfect for bright and talented science graduates to start their career in- especially if you have a degree in science, bio-medicine, nursing or pharmacy.
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.