Clinical Research Associate

I joined Servier as a Clinical Research Associate in 2007, several months after completing my PhD at the University of Queensland.  My PhD involved the use of a compound under development by Servier, so I was already aware of their reputation and company culture from contact with their staff over the years.  I had previously worked as a Clinical Trial Assistant with another pharmaceutical company as part of an undergraduate industry placement offered by QUT.  This experience, along with my exposure to Servier convinced me that the pharmaceutical industry, and in particular Servier, was where I wanted to begin my career. 
The in-depth training program offered by Servier to new starters (including several weeks of integration training at the head office in Paris) allayed any concerns I had about my lack of CRA experience.  The extensive and continuous training allowed a smooth transition from acadaemia to industry.  After 3 and a half years as a CRA working predominantly in large cardiovascular and rheumatology studies, as well as Phase I studies, I was promoted to the role of Associate Project Manager where I took charge of a Phase II study with a novel anti-arrhythmic compound.  Since my promotion in late 2010 I have managed Phase I, II and III studies across various therapeutic areas as well as performing line management duties for CRAs and support staff. 

I enjoy the challenges of clinical research at Servier, and feel fortunate to work with enthusiastic professionals and interesting products that come through our clinical development pipeline.  I look forward to working on many more exciting clinical projects at Servier, and the opportunities to continue to develop my career in clinical research and management.