About Clinical Research >> Opportunities in Clinical Research
to a McKinsey report, the global clinical outsourcing opportunity for
the Indian pharmaceutical industry is pegged at around Rs 5,000 crore by
the year 2010, which means a requirement of about 50,000 clinical
research professionals. They represent huge opportunities for the 75,000
undergraduates in medical, life sciences and another 45,000 pharmacy
students that India produces each year. Earlier, if they couldn't become
doctors, they ended up merely as teachers, chemists or medical
representatives. There were no other career paths for them.
Today, with the cracking of the Human Genome Project and the recent amendments in the patents legislation, the climate is set just right for outsourcing heavy back-end clinical research projects and data warehousing to Indian Clinical Research Organizations (CRO) armed with the right skill sets.
Today many institutes in the country, government or private, that offer training in Clinical Research & Clinical Data Management. The non-medical stream starts with a Clinical Research Associate-Clinical Research Manager-Project Manager-Regulator-Data Coordinator-Business Developer to finally, the Director of a Clinical Operation.
Adding to the human resource potential is the huge patient pool India has
- 40 million asthmatic patients
- 34 million diabetic patients
- 8-10 million people HIV positive
- 8 million epileptic patients
- 3 million cancer patients
- 2 million cardiac related deaths
- 1.5 million patients with Alzheimer's disease
- 15 per cent of population is hypertensive
- 1 per cent of population suffers from schizophrenia
They constitute what is medically known as the
"naive patient" pool, i.e. they have not been part of any medical
intervention programme before. "With legal and ethical controls
gradually falling into place, patent regulation and our traditional
stronghold in the English language, we have a tremendous edge over
China, which is also fast coming up in the field of Clinical Research.