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

Patent Law Amendment Could Increase UK Clinical Trials

Patent Law Amendment Could Increase UK Clinical TrialsA major change to UK patent law which took effect yesterday could help attract more clinical studies to the UK.

The amendment to the patent law allows organisations to use a patented product when carrying out clinical trials, removing the risk of infringement claims.

The amendment is an addition to the existing ‘Bolar Exemption’, a European Union directive which protected generic drugmakers from infringement lawsuits if they conducted clinical trials on a patented product.

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Merck Serono Partners with Sutro Biopharma

Merck Serono Partners with Sutro BiopharmaMerck Serono, the biopharma division of German drug giant Merck, and Sutro Biopharma have announced a new collaboration and license agreement to develop antibody drug conjugates (ADCs).

The two organisations will work alongside each other, using Sutro’s cell-free protein synthesis platforms, to discover and develop multiple ADCs, antibodies linked to cytotoxic drugs for increased targeted delivery.

Within the agreement, Sutro Biopharma will be responsible for delivering ADCs for Phase I clinical trials, while Merck Serono retains responsibility for clinical development and commercialisation of any resulting products.

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Subscribe to Clinical Professionals’ NewsletterDo you want to receive links to the latest life sciences jobs and view the latest announcements and job search advice from The Clinical Professionals Group?

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Clinical Professionals Launch Internal Careers Site

Clinical Professionals Launch Internal Careers SiteThe Clinical Professionals Group has launched an internal careers site for candidates looking to start or progress their career within recruitment.

The website provides graduates and experience recruitment consultants with the ability to learn more about The Clinical Professionals Group, the recruitment industry and the pharmaceutical sector.

The website also contains advice on the job search process and how to maintain a professional online presence while job hunting.

As Europe’s leading independent staffing company, The Clinical Professionals Group are constantly looking to recruit the top talent within recruitment to work across our offices throughout Europe.

New employees are given extensive training of both the pharmaceutical industry and working in recruitment, enabling them to provide the top level service that Clinical Professionals’ candidates and clients have come to expect.

To find out more about working within a rapidly expanding, award winning recruitment company, visit our internal careers website.

Clinical Professionals Shortlisted for APSCo ‘Innovator of the Year’ Award

Clinical Professionals Shortlisted for APSCo ‘Innovator of the Year’ AwardThe Clinical Professionals Group, Europe’s leading independent life sciences company, are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for APSCo’s ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.

APSCo is the UK’s only professional staffing industry trade body, ensuring that their members abide to the high quality standards and codes of conduct set by the organisation.  The APSCo awards aim to recognise and celebrate the hard work and excellence of APSCo’s members.

The ‘Innovator of the Year’ award rewards the member or individual that has ‘conceived and brought to the recruitment market the most innovative or pioneering idea over the past 12 months’.

The next stage of the award process will require Clinical Professionals to answer questions before a panel of judges, before the winner is decided and announced on the 20th October.

The Clinical Professionals Group strive to provide candidates and clients alike with an excellent, specialist approach to their life sciences job search and staffing needs, constantly aiming to improve the job search experience.

Yvette Cleland, CEO of The Clinical Professionals Group, commented:
“As a professional staffing business we are always looking at ways to enhance our service to industry, our innovation evolved through our acute knowledge of the challenges our clients and candidates faced in our market leading Only Medics brand. We are delighted to have been shortlisted by APSCo who are such an exceptional trade body and will continue to focus on added value services that support the life sciences industry.”