Fast Track Your CRA Career

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials,
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 1pm EDT (10am PDT)
  • 60 min

Are you an ambitious CRA looking to advance your career based on your progression rather than the time you have spent in your role? The DOCS team at ICON might be the ideal place for you to realise your ambitions. Join this webinar to hear from four members of our team as they share insights and advice from their experience. You will hear directly from two people, who have advanced from CRA, speak about how they became a Project Manager and a Clinical Trial Manager in less than 2 years. You will also hear from two of our team managers about how they support high potential CRAs to progress fast and have the opportunity to ask questions of the team.


Andrew Paluch, ICON

Andrew Paluch, Global Early Clinical Development Manager, ICON

I am an experienced clinical trial manager with over 10 years in clinical and basic research. I joined ICON in 2016 as a CRA in a dedicated FSP partnership and was promoted to regional clinical trial manager (RCTM) in 2019, where I managed Phase 1/2 studies. Currently, as a GECDM, I manage several global Phase 1, First-in-Human studies. I have gained research experience across more than five therapeutic areas in various capacities in both traditional and risk based monitoring. I have had the opportunity to mentor more than 10 CRAs, 5 RCTMs, one GECDM and co-mentored a summer pharmacy intern. Consistently recognized by ICON for delivering high-quality results, meeting deadlines and efficiently managing resources.

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Mina Youssef, Global Study Manager, ICON

Mina Youssef, Global Study Manager, ICON

I have more than eight years of clinical research experience leading 20+ Phase I-III trials for several top 10 biopharmaceutical companies and small to large-sized contract research organizations. I started my career at DOCS, the FSP Division at ICON, in 2018, as a CRA, and since then I have been promoted to a Global Study Manager. I have a broad range of therapeutic expertise including oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, rheumatology and rare diseases, which spans all aspects of clinical trial operations and development. I have supported numerous sponsor and site audits, health authority inspections and program initiatives during my tenure at ICON.

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Suzanne Nguyen, ICON

Suzanne Nguyen, Operations Manager, ICON

I have over 22 years of robust and diverse experience working in clinical research including 10 years’ experience in trial management and 2 years in line management.  I have been with ICON and DOCS for approximately 19 years.  In my current position as a DOCS Operations Manager, I managed an array of positions in the FSP model.  I have worked as a CRC, CRA, LCRA, CTM, GCTM from study design to closeout, across all phases of research and on various therapeutic areas; including but not limited to Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders, Cardiovascular, Endocrine Disorders, Gastrointestinal, Psychiatric, Nervous System Disorders, General Disorders and Admin Site Conditions.

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Nicolas Samper, ICON

Nicolas Samper, Senior Line Manager, ICON

I’m bilingual (English and Spanish) with 24 years of sponsor and CRO research experience with Amgen, Genentech, Biogen, Bausch & Lomb. My CRO experience is with the DOCS group at ICON and IQVIA. I currently manage regional and global project managers within a dedicated FSP partnership. I have worked in Phase 1-4 regional and global studies at different levels including CTA, CRA, Regional Project Management and Global Project Management. My research experience has been in multiple therapeutic areas in Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device trials including Bone Health, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, GI, Immunology, Inflammation, Hematology, Nephrology, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Oncology in various capacities in traditional and Risk Based Monitoring.

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Who Should Attend?

CRAs of all levels looking to advance their careers

What You Will Learn

  • What it takes to fast track your CRA career at ICON
  • What life is really like in the DOCS team at ICON
  • What skills you need to succeed in fast tracking your career
  • What our managers look for, and how they measure success
  • What is important to managers when reviewing and supporting a high potential CRA

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Working at ICON is more than a job, it’s a calling for people who care and are passionate about improving patients’ lives. At ICON, we care about our people and your passion – you are key to our success. We aim to provide an open and friendly work environment where we empower our people and provide them with opportunities to develop their long-term career.

It takes courage to move from one job to another – the process involves careful consideration. Reach out to have the conversation that would change your life and the lives of our patients. Our team of recruitment experts will provide the information you need to make the right decision.

Join our community and you will have the opportunity to work with some of the global top 20 pharmaceutical companies, working on novel therapies that deliver real impact. If you want a career with a difference, ICON is the place for you. Browse our CRA jobs and join our growing network of bright and talented professionals.

For enquiries, please contact: [email protected].

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