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GSK and Adaptimmune Expand their R&D Collaboration

GSK-logo-2014Adaptimmune Therapeutics and GlaxoSmithKline have expanded the terms of their strategic collaboration agreement, with the aim to run clinical trials of Adaptimmune’s potential immunotherapy as a treatment for one of the rarest soft tissue cancers in the world. Continue reading

How to Ace that Writing Test

writingYou slaved over your CV, ironed out all the wrinkles in your work history, clutched at ways to sum up your brilliance in a succinct yet impressive way and managed to catch every single last spelling mistake. Then after topping it off with a respectful and specifically tailored cover letter, you wait nervously for feedback. In order to make matters a little less nerve wracking, you crack straight on with pre-emptive interview practice. That’s when they hit you with the unexpected writing test.
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The Road to Medical Communications

RoadOnce you’ve battled your way into the industry and spent a few years building up your experience base you can find yourself in a very comfortable situation indeed. Senior medical writers and account directors upwards command enviable salaries and, due to the talent shortage at their level, can often take their pick of agencies, should they wish to move. Continue reading

Nanomedicine Combinination Could Improve Outcomes for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Pancreatic cancerA report has stated that a nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumours whilst decreasing toxicity. In their report that has received advance online publication in Nature Nanotechnology, a research team based at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) describes how a nanomedicine that combines photodynamic therapy – the use of light to trigger a chemical reaction – with a molecular therapy drug targeted against common treatment resistance pathways reduced a thousand-fold the dosage of the molecular therapy drug necessary to suppress tumour progression and metastatic outgrowth in an animal model. Continue reading

Shire to Combine with Baxalta for Creating the Global Leader in Rare Diseases

PrintShire plc and Baxalta Incorporated announced that the boards of directors of both companies have reached an agreement under which Shire will combine with Baxalta.
The value of the offer, as of Shire’s January 8, 2016 closing ADS price, represents a premium of approximately 37.5% to Baxalta’s unaffected share price on August 3, 2015, the day prior to the public announcement of Shire’s initial offer for Baxalta. This will provide Baxalta shareholders with approximately 34% ownership in the combined company. The parties expect the transaction to close mid-2016. Continue reading

Would you Like a Complimentary Copy of our 2016 Salary Survey?

surveysClinical Professionals are delighted to announce that our 2016 Life Sciences Salary Survey is complete and available for delivery.

Nine months in the making, the survey was launched with the aim to analyse industry salaries, coms/benefits for core roles throughout the Life Sciences industry (pharma/biotech/CRO):

•    Clinical Research
•    Regulatory Affairs
•    Drug Safety (pharmacovigilance)
•    Medical Information
•    Health Economics / Market Access
•    Biostatistics
•    Medical Affairs
•    Only Medics / Pharmaceutical Physicians
•    Medical communications and PR/Advertising
•    Commercial
•    Quality Assurance / Quality Control

IMG_2314Whilst the survey compares salary to title and experience, it also looks at benefits, location and the overall happiness a respondent has for their employer. Comparing the results to previously collected data the salary survey provides a comprehensive overview of the developments within the industry.

As Europe’s leading Life Sciences staffing company, The Clinical Professionals Group always provides candidates and clients alike with exceptional added value services.

The combination of the results with our own professional knowledge of the Life Science industry has created an informative and concise resource for those looking to progress their career, assess market movements, identify those sectors with satisfied staff and project where core skills shortages are occurring. Using our guide enables accurate assessment of your current pay and benefits, by determining if your salary is appropriate for your experience, location and position within your sector. This is a unique resource that will assist in budget planning for future staffing needs and developing an understanding of the industries ongoing challenges in the war for talent.

Yvette Cleland, Clinical Professionals CEO:

“This data informs us of the many staffing issues and shortages within the Life Sciences market which are now beginning to adversely affect many sectors of industry in terms of skilled professionals. The cost of clinical drug development continues to escalate as so many employers are trying to staff their business through a diminishing pool of candidates. A knowledge of these challenges may well ensure your approach to staffing in 2016 will have better outcomes if you are better informed of the markets challenges”

If you would like to see a preview of this year’s edition and receive a complimentary copy of the 2016 Life Sciences Salary Survey, please click here.

Merry Christmas from Clinical Professionals

Christmas treeClinical Professionals will be closed from the afternoon of the 24th December 2015 until Friday 1st January 2016.

The Clinical Professionals Group have had a very successful and eventful past 12 months:

  • Record year for placements
  • The introduction of a acclaimed Junior Assessment Centres for graduates looking to get into industry. For interested applicants or clients, our next centre is due to be held on the 28th of January
  • APSCo Innovator of the Year Awards for Excellence Winner
  • Clinical Professionals Group was acquired by CPL
  • Numerous charity events held for our charity of the year, The Silver Line
  • Achieved 3-star accreditation as a Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies to work for

We would like to thank everyone we have worked with in the last year and look forward to working with you in the New Year! Our 2016 Life Science Salary Survey will be released in January 2016 so please do contact us for a copy.

If you need to contact us over the holidays, please leave a message on our voicemail or email one of the team on: or 0118 959 4990

Clinical Professionals Celebrates Christmas!

DSCF6267On Friday, the Clinical Professionals Group celebrated an additional Christmas event, solely with the aim of raising money for our charity of the year, The Silver Line.

cakes_xmasLots of employees paid £1 to wear their Christmas jumper (or outfit) to work, many others also baked cakes to bring in and sell, raising more money for the charity with the best made cake to win a prize!

At lunchtime we dug out our box of Christmas decorations and the tree, meanwhile others competed to create the best office made decoration with more passion than we were expecting!


ClinicalYvette Cleland commented “Our charity events bring a fantastic level of engagement from our teams as they have fun in the work place, raise funds for our favourite charity, The Silver Line which has helped us to get closer to our target goal and allowed us to all get into the Christmas spirit!”

The Silver Line Charity offer information, friendship and advice to older people within the UK, helping combat the widespread issue of loneliness within the older generation.  Many staff at Clinical Professionals in addition to fund raising events are also donating their time to be “friends of The Silver Line”