Clinical Research Team of the Year 2018

We are incredibly honoured to have won the ‘Clinical Research Team of the Year’. The finals day was incredibly challenging and the competition tough! But it was an excellent for each of us to develop our team-work, communication and problem solving skills. Big thank you to PharmaTimes for organising such an excellent competition and all the judges involved on the day.

Ashlee Lucas,
Clinical Site Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Aspiring Clinical Research Associate 2018

Winning the Aspiring Clinical Research Associate category was a great honour and I am proud to have received this recognition from PharmaTimes against such great competition. Competing in International Clinical Researcher of the Year was a real challenge and further developed my presentation abilities and broader skill set key to the clinical research associate role. I really enjoyed the process and I look forward to the challenge again next year.

Lauren Cassidy,
Clinical Research Associate, PPD

Project Manager of the Year, Company of the Year 2018

“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the International Clinical Researcher of the Year competition. It provided an opportunity for me to move out of my comfort zone, learn a lot about myself and to meet fellow competitors and judges from not only my own company but wider within our industry. It was hugely rewarding and winning my category was the icing on the cake! Winning the company of the year solidifies my belief that it is the people that make PRA and it is that strength which in turn makes a real difference for patients globally.

Joanne Whitehead,
Senior Project Director, PRA Health Sciences

Clinical Trial Administrator of the Year 2018

“I was happy enough to be a finalist, but to win the Clinical Trial Administrator of the year is beyond conception, and truly a privilege. This certainly silences the doubts I had of myself and my place in this industry. And to be part of the CRO of the year, that’s just icing on the cake - onward to the next challenge!”

Sabrina Gofar,
Project Associate, PRA Health Sciences

Clinical Site of the Year 2018

“I am very proud to be part of OHCT and really appreciate how great a team it is. This was shown not just by placing first but third as well. It was the first time I entered the competition and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was challenging but interesting and rewarding. I would definitely recommend entering the competition to anyone in research. I am very proud to win this award. It is a fantastic accomplishment and I am very happy to have had Nick and Catherine on my team.”

Saoirse Daly,
Clinical Research Nurse, Lung Team, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

Taking part in PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year was a challenging, exciting and fun experience. Not only did I finally read in depth the ICH GCP, but I also got a chance to stop and really think about our important role as CRAs in the world of clinical trials. The PharmaTimes competition enabled me to a challenge myself, to meet fellow clinical research professionals from all over the world, and was overall a wonderful opportunity that I greatly appreciate and recommend."

Lital Shpeisman
Covance – Silver 2017

It was an amazing experience. I was able to interact with colleagues from Europe and Asia Pacific and I found the competition itself both challenging and rewarding. Participation in the finals has helped my career in allowing me to progress further to become CRA II at PRA, while the feedback provided has allowed me to determine areas I can focus on to improve. Overall it is something that I would strongly encourage CRA’s to participate as the knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable for me, both professionally and personally.

Michelle Carter
CRA, PRA Health Sciences – Finalist 2017

In terms of my career, taking part has really helped put me on the radar for senior management and since the competition I have been promoted to manager of clinical operations - the recognition from PharmaTimes definitely helped!

Lizzy Mill
now manager of clinical operations, strategic solutions - Bronze 2017

The PharmaTimes competition was an incredible and fantastic opportunity to network with and benchmark my professional skills amongst industry colleagues. It was an invaluable experience that I thoroughly enjoyed which helped elevate my professional profile and progress my career in the CRA role. As a finalist, it was great to compete with such an amazing talent pool and whilst the final stage was challenging, it was a wonderful opportunity to identify areas of improvement which helped in my professional development.

Martin Tanudjaja
CRA, PRA Health Sciences

It was very humbling to be recongised by industry stalwarts.  To know that your hard work and aptitude is not only appreciated by my colleagues but also by other industry leaders is very rewarding.  It is also very satisfying to know that I played my part in our company winning the overall award.  It was definitely an enjoyable experience from the first to the last stage, made even sweeter by taking home the gong.

James Battisti
Project analyst, clinical vendor management, PR Health Sciences, Clinical Trial Administrator of the Year 2017 (Gold)

What I gained most was knowledge and expertise as I had to undergo a lot of self-learning and research in my own time in order to pass the exam and generate an accurate and competitive essay. The experience definitely highlighted gaps in my knowledge but at the same time gave me vast amounts of confidence in my current abilities as I was given some great feedback from the judges.

Lauren Davidson
AbbVie, Aspiring Clinical Research Associate of the Year 2017 (Silver)

We can all improve the way we work and competitions such as this provide an ideal platform. From networking opportunities to taking the time to self-reflect and challenge your work practices, I think there are many benefits from the competition.

Emma Lewis
PRA Health Sciences, Team Leader of the Year winner

An assessment of skills and performance is a great way to be challenged. The international reputation of the PharmaTimes competitions and the recognition from the whole industry brings a feeling of acknowledgement of our talents – it must feel similar to winning an Oscar!

Sarah Gage
PRA Health Sciences, member of the Clinical Team of the Year

The competition was a golden opportunity to challenge myself and find the time to stop and think outside the box. I especially enjoyed the friendly but professional atmosphere during the finals and the interesting discussion with board members during my presentation. I found the whole process very motivating, particularly being able to measure my skills against some of the best project managers out there. It was a true learning experience.

Silvia Casellas
PRA Health Sciences, Project Manager of the Year winner

This competition felt like a very personal journey for me and I saw it as a way to affirm to myself that I do know my role and that I am good at what I do. I was happy enough to have been a finalist, but to win was overwhelming. I would encourage people to enter the competition and experience it – you never know what you may learn about yourself.

Rachel Oakley
inVentiv Health Clinical, Strategic Partnership Manager of the Year winner


Key dates

Entry Closes
Singles Finals Day
Team Finals Day
Awards Event
Clinical Researcher of the Year - The Americas