With more than 117,000 healthcare professionals polled, the nominations for the 2015 PharmaTimes Sales Awards, the only customer-nominated and customer-assessed competition of its kind, are now in.

The poll, conducted and collated by Binley’s, saw HCPs vote for those sales professionals they have been most impressed by. Nominees have been chosen for standing out among their peers in areas such as understanding HCP needs, working in an open and transparent way and going the extra mile.

The prestigious competition is divided into two - sales and medical science liaisons. In the first category, 800 nominations have been put forward, representing over 140 firms and spanning the entire industry. Janssen has attracted the most nominations, followed by Pfizer, Astellas, Novartis and AstraZeneca.

The awards up for grabs cover a wide range of therapeutic areas, including dermatology, endocrinology and diabetes, gastroenterology, general medicine, general psychiatry, haematology, neurology and oncology.

As for the MSL awards, there were 172 nominations from nearly 70 companies, with Novartis, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Bayer coming out top.

Customer recognition

Amanda Flanagan, AstraZeneca business unit director (respiratory) and chair of the steering committee, told PharmaTimes: “It is great that our customers have taken the time to nominate people from our teams. This in part reflects the value they get from people they interact who constantly strive ensure they really understand their needs and challenges”.

She added that “the more we can deliver meaningful solutions and benefits to our customer and the patients they treat, the more we can continue to build solid partnerships with the NHS”.

Simon White, head of learning and development at Janssen, congratulated all the nominees, saying that “for busy customers to take the time to recognise industry representatives who they feel have added particular value is something for the nominated individuals and companies to be very proud of”.

He went on to say that “customer recognition is a good indicator of value being passed on to the NHS and ultimately to patients, and it’s fantastic to see Janssen being most nominated this year.”
 
The PharmaTimes Sales Awards test individual and team competencies, benchmarked against peers in the sector. Participants are assessed by HCPs and industry experts, with a strong focus on professional developmental feedback, both verbal on finals day as well as a written quantitative and qualitative report after the awards, which will be held on 9 July_ at The Sofitel, Heathrow T5.

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