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The Clinical Trial Administrator

Today’s global business environment moves at an everincreasing pace. The growing influence of technology in the workplace and at home, combined with tighter controls and regulations, has changed the nature and context of roles at all levels and across all industries, not least in the pharmaceutical industry. The need for legislation, regulation and tight controls governing clinical studies to ensure patient safety has radically changed the work involved in running a successful clinical study. Yet at the same time, the challenge remains to run them efficiently, safely and within ever shorter timescales. After all, time is money.

Not all that long ago, clinical studies were run by clinical research teams within pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organisations, supported by secretaries or trainee clinical research associates (CRAs). Their role was predominantly secretarial or administrative-based, typing up notes, filing and photocopying, with little responsibility or input to the clinical trial process. Today’s clinical studies tend to be..

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Nicola Murgatroyd, Chief Executive Officer of Phlexglobal Ltd, founded the company in 1998 and has built its current position as the industry’s leading organisation for providing administrative services to clinical research studies. She started her career in the engineering industry where she became a Director and Company Secretary. Nicola then moved into the pharmaceutical industry, where she has gained more than 20 years’ experience working with clinical teams. Nicola has been instrumental in pioneering the role of the career clinical trial administrator (CTA) and was a founder member of the Institute of Clinical Research’s (ICR) CTA sub committee.
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