Clinical Professionals Donate 59 Boxes to the Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Clinical Professionals Donate 59 Boxes to the Rotary Shoebox SchemeThe Clinical Professionals Group have donated 59 boxes to this year’s Rotary Christmas Shoebox Scheme.

Boxes were brought by Clinical Professionals, and then filled and decorated by employees, with some employees opting to fill multiple boxes.

The scheme started in 1994, and provides presents for children, teenagers, families and the elderly in Central and Eastern Europe.  Boxes are marked as either Toys, Teenagers or Household and shipped out to contacts in the relevant countries, where they are then distributed to recipients.

The Rotary Club is a UK based charity, founded in 1905, which brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  The charity impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping communities to working to address global health problems.

Clinical Professionals CEO Yvette Cleland commented: “The Clinical Professionals Group has been involved in multiple charity events in 2014.  We wanted to ensure for Xmas that we contributed to individuals less fortunate and privileged than ourselves and the Rotary Club Gift Box Scheme seemed an outstanding way of offering gifts in a more personalised way. I feel proud to be part of such a generous and spirited team.”

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UK Launches Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review

UK Launches Innovative Medicines and MedTech ReviewThe UK government has announced an innovative medicines review and increased funding for the life sciences sector.

The Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review has been created to see how new approaches to the development of drugs, diagnostics and devices, “based on precision medicine and emerging technologies, could speed up access to innovative products for NHS patients.”

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Bayer Starts Phase II Clinical Trial of Riociguat

Bayer Starts Phase II Clinical Trial of RiociguatBayer HealthCare has confirmed that they have begun a Phase II clinical trial of riociguat for the treatment of diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc).

Systemic sclerosis is a rare multisystem, autoimmune disease that results in the overproduction and abnormal growth of collagen, which causes fibrosis of the skin and internal organs.  dcSSc is one of the two main forms of SSc and the most fatal rheumatic disease, which mainly affects people in their 40s and 50s.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled RISE-SSc clinical trial aims to assess the efficacy and safety of riociguat compared to placebo.

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European Commission Partners with Pharma for €280m Ebola Initiative

European Commission Partners with Pharma for €280m Ebola InitiativeThe European Commission yesterday announced a new initiative with the European pharmaceutical industry for proposals under the Innovative Medicines Initiative to boost European research into Ebola.

The Innovative Medicines Initiative aims to improve healthcare by quickening the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, principally in areas where there is an unmet need for treatment.

The initiative is being funded equally by Horizon 2020 and pharmaceutical companies that are members of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), with a combined total of 280 million Euros.

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Novo Nordisk Announce 750 Million Kroner Investment in R&D Lab

Novo Nordisk Announce 750 Million Kroner Investment in R&D LabNovo Nordisk has confirmed that they are investing around 750 million kroner (roughly equivalent to $130 million) on new diabetes laboratories at the R&D campus in Måløv, Denmark.

Construction of the new laboratories has already started and the new facility, to be named the Diabetes Research House, will open in early 2016.

The Diabetes Research House will house 350 employees, proving employees with “an environment for cutting-edge diabetes research within biotechnology and protein chemistry,” according to Novo Nordisk’s chief science officer, Mads Krogsgaard.

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Roche to Invest 3 Billion Swiss Francs on Basel Site

Roche to Invest 3 Billion Swiss Francs on Basel SiteRoche has today announced new plans to spend 3 billion Swiss francs on upgrading and constructing new labs in Basel, Switzerland.

Roche have put the plans forward to invest in creating modern, sustainable workplaces for their employees based in their site in Basel, Switzerland, creating new state-of-the-art offices.

The plans include the construction of a new research centre for roughly 1,900 employees, designed with the R&D part of the organisation “to ensure that scientists’ needs are fully met.”  The project is expected to be completed between 2021 and 2022, and the new building will contain 950 offices and 950 laboratory workplaces “that meet state-of-the-art requirements.”

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Clinical Professionals Group to Attend the 2014 Partnerships in Clinical Trials

Clinical Professionals Group to Attend the 2014 Partnerships in Clinical Trials

Clinical Professionals will be exhibiting at this year’s Partnerships in Clinical Trials (PCT) conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Visit us at stand 715 or arrange a meeting with our team in advance.

After years of increasing staff turnover in essential roles such as CTA’s and CRA’s and no volume graduate programs in place Clinical Professionals now identifies, fully funds and trains the most talented Life Sciences University Graduates and deploys them into “first to industry” roles (CTA/CRA), ensuring our industry goes from strength to strength with new talent.  If you would like to understand more, or be part of this program, please join us on stand 715.

As Europe’s leading independent pharmaceutical staffing company, Clinical Professionals, provide clients with exceptional service and expertise of recruiting within life sciences across Europe, with nine out of 10 customers rating the Clinical Professionals Group as their most trusted partner*.

The Clinical Professionals Academy addresses both the issue of new entry level training investment, and creates an opportunity for the UK’s talented Life Science graduates to address the current skilled candidate shortfall in the Life Sciences sector.

The 2014 PCT conference will be taking place from the 5th – 6th November at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.  The conference will be the 13th annual Partnerships in Clinical Trials conference.  This year’s conference will focus on: embracing new technology; the effect of clinical trial transparency; and compliance requirements.

To find out more about being involved with Clinical Professionals Graduate Academy, or to arrange a meeting with our team, please contact us at:

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*Independent research conducted in 2013.

GSK Aims to Compress Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trials to 12 Months

GSK Aims to Compress Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trials to 12 MonthsGlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have confirmed that they are trying to compress the clinical trials of their potential Ebola vaccine into just 12 months.

Normally it could take up to ten years to run clinical trials, with it typically taking 6 to 11 months to move an experimental vaccine from preclinical testing into clinical trials.  However, due  to the increasing need for ways to tackle the Ebola outbreak, jabs are being fast tracked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help halt the disease as quickly as possible.

The pharmaceutical company has already started testing the vaccine with volunteers in Africa, the UK and the US.  The volunteers will have regular check-ups over the next six months to measure the vaccines’ effectiveness and for any adverse side effects.

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Clinical Professionals Launch Graduate Training Academy

Clinical Professionals Launch Graduate Training AcademyThe Clinical Professionals Group is renowned for its innovation and added value services to the Life Sciences industry and is delighted to announce the launch of its unique Life Sciences Graduate Academy.

With staff turnover in some core roles in clinical drug development running at 29% attrition and escalating, Clinical Professionals wanted to take a pro-active role in bringing a solution to an ever growing issue. The Life Sciences Graduate Academy is designed to identify, fully fund and train the most talented Life Sciences Graduates.

On completion of an industry leading training program the graduates are then deployed into “first to industry” roles (CTA/CRA positions). To ensure ease of transition into industry, for all Graduate trainees there will be access to a mentor and continued professional development program to support them during that crucial first 12 months.

By taking a pro-active approach to identifying, funding and training high calibre science graduates, Clinical Professionals’ Graduate Academy will help increase the volume of new highly trained professionals entering industry for the first time therefore having a positive impact on retention by offering the industry a new pool of talented, high quality candidates.

Clinical Professionals will provide full mentor support to successful graduates during the first 12 months ensuring no additional strain on a CRO or Pharma companies training department. The training is free of charge to both the client and graduates*.

The Graduate Academy will also provide the option for graduates to progress from CTA onto a CRA course if appropriate for the individual and all successful candidates will receive a retention bonus after 12 months of continuous employment in order to assist with retention and minimise turnover for the client.

To find out more, contact a member of our team at or visit the links below:

Clinical Professionals Graduate Academy
Graduate Academy Whitepaper

*dependent upon graduates successfully finishing the training course and completing 12 months of continuous employment.

Clinical Professionals to Attend PhUSE

Clinical Professionals to Attend PhUSEClinical Professionals will be attending this year’s PhUSE conference on Monday 13th October in the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London.

This year’s conference marks the 10th anniversary of PhUSE, which allows data professionals, such as statisticians, HEOR specialists and data managers, to network with other data professionals working in life sciences.

The conference will focus on data transparency.  With the recent announcements from the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory bodies, alongside new initiatives from some large companies, there are increasing changes regarding data transparency for data professionals.

Clinical Professionals are Europe’s leading independent pharmaceutical staffing company, offering clients and candidates alike with the specialist knowledge and expertise of recruitment within life sciences.  We have a specialist biometrics team dedicated to recruiting data professionals within the life sciences industry across Europe.

To arrange a meeting with one of our recruitment consultants, please contact either Andrew or Kim on:

Andrew: or +44(0)207 822 1710
Kim: or +44(0)207 822 1710