Mr. Arjun Deshpande

Sr. Executive Officer
R&D Clinical Trials Serum Institute of India

Today, India is being looked upon as a favorable destination for clinical research with abundant availability of efficient and qualified medical community, huge patient and disease pool, 15% of global population, significant cost efficiency and government’s commitment to align with GATT/WTO/TRIPS. In my opinion, Clinical research holds tremendous scope and opportunities for trained and experienced medical and pharmaceutical professionals, as well as for government and regulatory agencies. I am working as Clinical Research professional since last six years in clinical research and predominantly in vaccine clinical and community trials and lead teams of Medical and site monitors. All clinical research professionals need training on human subject protection and ethics. Proper training, and hands on experience are the key to qualify for a CRA job. In the past, large pharmaceutical companies hired science and medical professionals and trained them hands on, in the job, investing great amount of resources to qualify professionals in a career in clinical research. As we approached the 21st century, those jobs started to slide outside of the pharmaceutical industry into a newly created industry of service providers to the pharmaceutical industry, the Contract Research Organizations. Therefore, every new potential employer would like you to work from day one, because the majority of the jobs are in the Contract Research Organizations.Therefore, a candidate for a CRA job has to be properly trained and educated, with the appropriate background, has to be experienced, willing to travel (sometimes all the time), and be very adaptable to changes in the job market.