Monthly Archives: January 2010

Naming your scientific Start-Up company (for guaranteed success)

I was once told by my chemistry lecturer that the key to naming new drugs was for it to be easy enough for the public to say and understand, yet complex enough for the doctors to not feel left out. This is of course referring to their commercial names, not scientific names.

I feel the same goes for start-up company names. I would love to know how much time people spend thinking them up. They have to be short, zingy and most important of all: PSEUDO-SCIENTIFIC!!!

Some common terms:

-cel (diagnostics / life science companies)

-bio (for life science / biotech)


-med (for medical device companies)

If you can squeeze two into your company name your chances of success are immediately doubled.

Mix these pre/suffixes with terms like vista- (Life) vas- (the cardiac system), tek-, tech- (it’s cutting edge!) or similar. If you want to absolutely guarantee success, follow the rules above and it will result in stock market floatation and a huge pay-off for founding company directors within 5 years*

Disclaimer: we are aware of the irony of our own company name!

*not a guarantee

-Brian (bhc at

The importance of RSS feeds to today’s job seeker

Recently, we have been working in conjunction with Clients on some more junior roles.

The majority of our roles are quite senior and we may not have more than 3-4 very suitable candidates for each, possibly even only 1 depending on the specificity of the requirements. However, for these recent Lab Tech roles, we have a large database of candidates who could potentially fill the role. So how do we choose? We ring as many as we can, and those whom we contact or those who call back, are inevitably the ones who get presented as profiles to our Client.

In a market like this, in which there are not many junior roles, there is a high level of competition for the ones that do arise. This is where RSS feeds come in. If someone subscribes to our feed, they will be alerted IMMEDIATELY as soon as we post a new vacancy (which is the initial step in the recruitment process). So if you are a candidate who is recently out of college or with a couple of years experience in a lab – you would be alerted as soon as the role is up. You could then contact us before we get a chance to get to you, by phone as this is the most immediate and effective. This would put you ahead of the queue, and gives you the best chance be out forward and to be itnerviewed. For roles where we are the exclusive provider for, we are not going to submit more than 4 closely matched CVs. As our Client will not have the time or inclination to see more than 4 people. Therefore as soon as those 4 interviews are arranged, we closed off the application process. This could literally happen throughout one working day. If your CV is 100% matched to our Client’s requirements but you were a few hours too late, then you could have potentially missed out on an excellent opportunity.

This market is tough, candidates need to be predatory and utillise all of the tools at hand. So if you’re on the lookout for a role, be it junior or senior (Junior Senior, whatever happened to them?!), the subscribe to the links below now. When something of potential interest does pass our way, give us a call – we’ll can update you on the role in the blink of an eye.

RSS. For information on using RSS feeds – see here

Facebook Fan Page (417 and growing!) – we post off of our recent jobs on our FB and Twitter page


Brian – bhc at lifescience dot com

Organisational overview of the Pharmaceutical Sector – Part A Clinical Affairs

The pharmaceutical sector plays an important role in Ireland and is responsible for a significant majority of Irish exports. The following is breakdown of the functions and organisation of the Clinical Affairs department within a typical pharmaceutical company. The clinical affairs department acts on the whole in tandem, with all departments interrelated and working together.

Clinical Affairs Department

Typically the clinical affairs department is headed up by the Medical Director. They are responsible for the following departments.

Pharmacovigilance – reporting of SAE’s and other pharmacovigilance data of current drugs on the market and also preliminary data for drugs in development.

Clinical Trials – management of ongoing phase I-III clinical trials.

Regulatory Affairs – management of the preparation and submission of regulatory documentation to the relevant government regulatory bodies – IMB, FDA etc

Medical Information – responsible for the dissemination of technical information regarding current products to primary care providers and academia. Responsible for the training of sales force with regards to technical information and also the dissemination of information internally.

Quality Assurance – responsible for the development and management of quality systems within the department – writing up SOP’s and training other stakeholders in their implementation and application.

Key Job Profiles:

Medical Director

Pharmacovigilance / Drug Safety Officer

Medical Information Officer

Medical Advisor

QA Executive

Medical Science Liaison

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Clinical Research Associate

If you would like any further information please contact

Eamonn O’Raghallaigh MSc, – 01 6854848