PharmaTimes Media has reported a substantial increase in the number of MCQ passes and essay submissions for this year’s International Clinical Researcher of the Year competition.

“Designed to challenge, recognise and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers, we are delighted to see more entrants from more companies taking part in 2018” says business manager and competition lead Luci Sargood.

The finals day for individual entrants will be held on 22 March at PPD in Cambridge and the team finals at Novo Nordisk, near Gatwick on 28 March.

Martin Tanudjaja is a clinical research associate at PRA Health Sciences was a finalist in 2017. He says:

“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.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony to be held in London in May.

For more information about how you can get involved in the competition, visit