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Career focus: Clinical research

education Updated: Sep 14, 2006 11:10 IST
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Are you the kind who likes to delve into books and hunt for mysteries? Do chemicals bring about a reaction in you? If so, them clinical research is your calling.

The clinical research industry is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide with countries spurred on to developing a protocol that calls for ethical and evolved processes involving highly skilled professionals.

Prospects:
India since 2005 become a signatory to the global TRIPPS agreement. This has resulted in patent laws being revised. India is being viewed by the world market as a global hub for clinical research trials in the development of critical molecules for the pharmaceutical sector.

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Institute of Clinical Research,

India (ICRI) has centres across the country

Tata Memorial Centre (Emphasis on Cancer), Mumbai

The McKinsey Report estimated the volume of clinical research business in India to be around $1,000 million by 2010. There is going to be a huge demand for qualified and trained Clinical Research professionals thereby making Clinical Research an interesting career option in India.



According to a spokesman at the Institute of Clinical Research, India (ICRI), “The aim of such a study is to develop and academically orient professionals in ethical standards and world class methodologies across the entire spectrum of Clinical Research in India. It was to fulfill this mission that the ICRI was set up in the country with both full-time and part-time academic courses to meet the fast growing demands of this industry."

Career Growth:
With so many major pharmaceutical companies in the country, and a great employment opportunity at almost all levels in this industry, it is one of the most lucrative careers today.

What you need:
You should have an eye for detail, you should be meticulous and have good concentration power.

Remuneration:
Big companies offer big bucks. Even at a trainee level, expect no less than Rs 15,000 per month. Your salary rises with your experience and also according to the company and the research work.

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