Thursday, April 07, 2005

Clinical Marketing and Management Job Description

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This article has been published by the International Biopharmaceutical Association

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Drug development is not a simple process. Drug development is more comprehensible if the team member has the good fortune to join a project team at its inception rather than, as is often the case, as a replacement team member. It is at the initial team meetings that the core early development strategy is decided. Successful drug development depends on the quality of the development strategy. Ultimately, successful drug development is about translating science into an optimal investment proposal that provides value to a variety of stakeholders and customers. This can be achieved only by establishing a strategy which recognizes who the customers for new medicines are and addresses their needs. This will mean moving increasingly from designing "for" to designing "with" the customer. The Health Care provided in most countries has experienced significant change in recent years. Probably the greatest change to be faced in the future will be the expectation that new medicines will be not only safe and effective, but will also be cost effective in the overall context of disease management. The role of management and marketing is essential in achieving these objectives. This Management and Marketing course is intended to give both general and specific information and guidelines to help manage pharmaceutical projects in a biopharmaceutical research , development and manufacturing environment. This program is designed to provide a focused course of study for individuals seeking to position themselves in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry as project managers and marketing specialists . It will also provide knowledge and skills in Good Laboratory, Clinical and Manufacturing Practices. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the roles/responsibilities of both the pharmaceutical project manager and the marketing specialist in the pharmaceutical industry. This program was created to provide you with the key aspects, differences, challenges, job criteria and demands, and industry expectations in this field. Course content will focus on key concepts and information essential to effectively function in the pharmaceutical / biotechnological industrial arena. This course can open doors to new and exciting career opportunities in pharmaceutical management and marketing as the demand for qualified and trained specialists is still growing.
For example, Project Manager Functions in clinical trials project might include:1. Clarification of requirements with the client.2. Project Planning.3. Evaluation of risks4. Reporting of key stages to top management5. Evaluation of patient numbers, data quality, GCP standards in Study Centers6. IRB-s / EC (centers covered and time scales)7. Protocol approval, regulatory approval, appointment of CRA-s8. External suppliers: CRF printing, CRO-s, investigative drugs manufacturing, bulk, placebo manufacturing, drug packaging, central laboratory, contract biometrics 9. Estimated of budgets and overall time scales.10. Start project and monitor rigorously until completion

Typical starting salaries range from $ 40,000 to $ 60,000
Typical salaries with 3 and more years of experience range from $60,000 to $ 90,000
Salaries vary quite widely from company to company. A car is generally provided and bonuses may be paid.
Jobs are found in restricted locations. Some work is localized (company laboratory) and some are regionally based.
Typical Employers
You would either be employed directly by pharmaceutical companies or by contract research organizations (CRO - agencies which employ clinical research staff to contract out to pharmaceutical companies). Hospital academic departments occasionally employ CMM's
Sources of Vacancies
See specialist press for recruitment agencies or contact your careers service. It may be worth registering with specialist recruitment agencies. Alternatively (or in addition) try approaching pharmaceutical or CRO companies directly.

There are 50 learning modules in KRC's On-Line CMM clinical research professional development course. The course is designed to be used as an On-Line text book. As such it has many excellent features which makes this course an excellent learning tool. For example, throughout the course you will have instant access to our On-Line Glossary/ Definitions and Abbreviations and Acronyms. Through these links, you will have immediate access to a wealth of knowledge and critical terms, to help you with your studies. Additionally, throughout the body of the text, you will encounter highlighted terms like this: "FDA form 1572". By clicking on these terms, you will get an instant definition and explanation of this term.
You move through sessions at your own pace and submit your answers to the open questions to live, on-line teachers (active researchers in our company involved in real clinical trials projects). Most of our teaching personnel have MSc - PhD level experience in clinical trials-related areas and have intensive clinical research experience. Each and every answer to open questions that you submit receives comments from our on-line teachers. They will send you additional related articles, you will submit your feedback on the articles and receive comments if needed. You will also receive comments on every practical task you submit. That usually adds up to at least 200-250 communications throughout the program. Also students ask many questions and they always get a reply. We review everything that comes to us on-line: answers to training questions, questions about practical tasks, resumes and we even give advice to help with your future interviews.

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