Talent Management Solutions to the CRA Shortage: Investing in a Global Talent Pool

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical,
  • Thursday, October 01, 2015

The global shortage of Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) to monitor investigational trials is having a significant impact across the pharmaceutical industry, driving higher costs and extending drug development timelines. Even though the CRA role can lead to a promising clinical research career, the current gap between demand and supply is projected to widen.

Pharmaceutical companies place a high premium on experienced CRAs, and the current CRA talent pool is heavily skewed towards those with 5+ years of experience. However, positions in management and leadership in the clinical research field also draw upon this experienced CRA talent pool, placing further strain on the existing CRA gap.

The problem quite simply is a lack of training opportunities for clinical professionals to begin their careers as CRAs. Over the past several years pharmaceutical companies have outsourced a majority of their CRA needs to Contract Research Organizations (CRO) to help manage costs and pipeline fluctuations. Consequently, many pharmaceutical companies have shelved their new CRA training programs, and the experience requirements they place on CROs in turn limits their ability for to grow new CRA talent for the industry.

This webinar explores the pragmatic solution of accessing clinical research talent and creating an avenue for developing CRAs through a comprehensive training program. Key elements of success include rigorous screening of candidates and robust structured support from mentors, trainers, and peers. The benefits of this solution extend beyond simply closing the demand gap, but in creating a highly engaged and productive workforce with industry leading retention.


John Avender, Associate Director, Clinical Performance, inVentiv Health Clinical

John has been in the Pharmaceutical industry for over 16 years working in Clinical Operations. He began his career at a small CRO as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA), then moved to inVentiv Health Clinical and held a number of positions including CRA, Monitoring Process Trainer, Quality and Compliance Manager, Training Manager and Associate Director, Strategic Services. John has significant experience in the development and delivery of training on operational processes, tools, and guidelines. John has a BS in Health Education form Temple University. If his current role as Associate Director, John Is responsible for leading the Monitoring Foundations initiative at inVentiv Health Clinical.

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Michael L. Jimmink, Vice President, Strategic Resourcing, inVentiv Health Clinical

Michael Jimmink has 22 years of bioPharmaceutical industry experience, including positions in manufacturing and clinical operations. He has extensive experience in the development of strategic partnerships, client account management, and the implementation/transition of global functional teams. This experience includes successful collaborations with large pharma and biotech, leading/supporting diverse international teams, field based assignments in North America and Asia, and global accountabilities for operational delivery across multiple Functional Service Provider (FSP) accounts.

Michael’s responsibilities include executive oversight of client dedicated functional teams while championing change management & process optimization initiatives to achieve productivity, quality and financial outcomes.

Michael received his BA in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is scheduled to complete his MBA from Colorado State University in May 2016. Michael resides in the coastal town of Carlsbad, California with his wife, two children, and their golden retriever.

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Joe Mills, Senior Director - Global Recruitment Center, inVentiv Health Clinical

Joe Mills has been in the BioPharmaceutical industry for over 20 years working in Recruitment. His expertise includes talent acquisition design and delivery, as well as large scale functional outsourcing on a global basis. He began his career supporting temporary employment in Data Management, SAS Programming, and Biostatistics then expanding into Clinical Operations. Over the years, he has gained workforce solutions planning from the agency and corporate recruiting perspectives, as well as led a Vendor Management System (VMS) initiative for the CRO industry to provide global temporary workers to over 40 countries. International assignments have included on site work in the UK and Singapore where he provided regional support for EMEA and APAC.

Joe majored in Economics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a heavy concentration in life sciences. Regardless of the skill recruited to serve compound or device studies, he has always believed that behind every placement is a patient we can serve.

In his current role as Senior Director, Global Recruitment Center, Joe is responsible for providing workforce solutions planning and talent acquisition strategy for over 70 countries.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Clinical Research Professionals
  • Clinical Monitoring Professionals
  • Clinical Research Associates
  • Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing Personnel
  • Biopharmaceutical Program Directors
  • Study Research Coordinators
  • Clinical Site Investigators
  • Clinical Operations Management/Sr. Leadership

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inVentiv Health

inVentiv Health is a top-tier professional services organization that accelerates the clinical and commercial success of bioPharmaceutical companies worldwide. Our combined Clinical Research Organization (CRO) and Contract Commercial Organization (CCO) helps clients improve their performance to deliver much-needed therapies to market. With 14,000 employees providing services to clients in 70 countries, inVentiv Health designs best practices, processes and systems to enable clients to successfully navigate an increasingly complex environment. inVentiv Health, Inc. is privately owned by inVentiv Group Holdings, Inc., an organization sponsored by affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., Liberty Lane Partners and members of the inVentiv Health management team.

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