Rare disease biotech, UK clinical operations team build

Proclinical Staffing our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 25/06/2020

Rare disease biotech, UK clinical operations team build

Case study

The overview

We partnered with a rare disease biotech based in the UK, who had recently gained an additional licensing agreement with a large pharmaceutical company. To manage their growing pipeline, the company needed our help to build out their clinical operations team.

The challenge

The first hires required were two senior clinical project managers to oversee a specific programme in the company’s pipeline.

The main challenge was to identify talent that was willing to consider new opportunities in a time of economic uncertainty caused by a global pandemic. The other challenge was to find individuals who had rare disease biotech experience.

The solution

Our team of clinical operations recruitment experts were able to use our extensive network of talent to help our partner find suitable candidates.

We operated in an advisory manner, helping with salary benchmarking, full interview scheduling and referencing. Our partner was in the process of hiring a TA Manager, and we acted as an interim TA function during this time.

All interviews were done remotely due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, using our video interviewing platform. Once those roles were completed, we then initiated the search for a permanent CTA. We also found two contract CTAs to join immediately to support the PMs, with the permanent hire joining later due to notice period. This 5-hire project was completed entirely remotely.

The outcome

We successfully completed the build within the timeframes provided, this was 6 weeks from initiation to completion for the permanent roles and 2 weeks for the contract positions. The company continues to be a key partner for us, as we provide ongoing support in regulatory affairs and corporate development.