March Networking Event: Biomedical and Healthcare

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Regular price at the door: $20.00  Up to 48h before the event $15.00  

A presentation given by Jim Cochrane, Recherche Clinique Cochrane, Inc., is titled:


” Who’s the Boss: Being an Independent CRA”.


Jim started to work in clinical research in 1994 after graduating from Concordia University with a Bachelors’ in Exercise Science and the University of Waterloo with a Masters’ in Kinesiology.  After a brief start with Glaxo as both data manager and regional CRA, he established himself over 4 and half years as a senior data manager and clinical/data project manager with Phoenix International Life Sciences (now INC).  Following short stays with Pfizer and Moncoa Medical Research, again in both data management and clinical research, Jim’s career as a home-based CRA took off in 2001 when he joined Innovus Research (now inVentiv Clinical).  He became an ACRP certified CRA in 2004.  In 2008, cut-backs at i3 Research presented him with an opportunity to become an independent clinical research consultant.  Since then, Jim have worked with pharmaceutical companies, CROs and independent sites as a CRA, Auditor and Quality Specialist.


Jim will address the following questions:


1)     Becoming a Clinical Research Associate

    • Many paths to the same career
    • Current state of the market

2)     Process and transformation from employee to businessman

    • determine what you know and what you don’t
    • learn to wear many hats: CRA, business developer, IT, accountant, lawyer, insurance agent

3)     Thinking outside the box

    • how to find work
    • what type of work can you do?
    • full-time vs part-time

4)     Answering the many masters – who is the boss?

    • contract and workload management
    • life / work balance

5)     Managing your own career

    • training manager
    • awareness of the industry and future trends

6)     Pro’s and Con’s

7)     Is being an independent CRA for you?



When and Where?

6:30pm to 9pm on Tuesday March 1, 2016


Essence Restaurant Bar Lounge

2001 University Street
Montreal, H3A 2A6


Cost: $15 (up to 48h before the event) / $20 regular price / FREE if you purchase a yearly membership


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