Company News & Updates
Is 2021 the year to quit your life sciences job?
At the end of 2019, we surveyed a group of Life Science Professionals and found that 40% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job that year. Once COVID-19 hit, the world (and people’s willingness to take a gamble) took a sharp 180. The country went remote, nothing was guaranteed, and Biotech and Life Science companies expanded faster than ever as they raced to fill spots on their teams in order to balance their current workloads along with the testing and research needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of 2020, we surveyed another group of Life Science Professionals and found that only 25% of respondents said they’d be looking for a new job in 2021, and there could be multiple reasons why. Firstly, instability naturally encourages people to search for, and hold onto, stability. In a time of great uncertainty, with groups of people involuntarily getting furloughed or being laid off, people in the life sciences industry were given a multitude of options in the workplace as companies were hiring as many hands as they could. Secondly, the current market compensation is healthy with most companies being on the same playing field in the hopes of reducing turnover. With the industry leveling out and companies working hard to keep their staff happy while producing quality work, there isn’t much grass that looks greener on the other side. Companies worked so hard to fill the gaps left by the quick pivot to COVID-19 vaccine research and development that they’d be remiss to not do everything in their power to prevent that from happening again. Finally, most people may simply be waiting to see how 2021 turns out. This year is young and there are no guarantees. If, however, you have decided to make the jump into a new job this year, you’ll have options and we have tips for you. Many biotech and life science companies have continued to hire throughout the start of the new year and plan on continuing to do so. COVID-19 vaccine (and the research, development, and innovation that came with it) aside, the life sciences industry continued to grow throughout the pandemic and where there’s growth, there are jobs. Now, for the tips! Tip #1 – Be sure to do your research into the policies of any potential employers before you start the interview process. With the advancement of work from home capabilities, many companies have created their own systems in regards to in-person and virtual office time. Tip #2 – Be flexible! Ask the questions you need, but consider all of the options you’re given as your timing could be perfect when you least expect it! Tip #3 – Research your company in advance but also check the news the day before and day of your interview – things change fast! Today’s darling drug trial can be tomorrow’s hot mess – but it may be a mess you know how to solve! Good Luck! Looking for your next life science job? Check out our listings or submit your resume here. Regions we serve: Boston/Cambridge, MA New York / New Jersey Greater Philadelphia Raleigh-Durham, NC (includes Research Triangle Park, NC) BioHealth Capital Region (Maryland / Virginia / Washington, D.C.)
2020 Award of Excellence to Top Biller Caitlin McNamara
While 2020 proved to be a tough year ClinLab Staffing continued to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in MA by both Inc 5000 and the Boston Business Journal. We were so proud to see our dedicated team come together to a adapt to a new way of working and exceed all expectations leading to our BIGGEST YEAR EVER! With that we would like to present to you the winner of our 2020 Top Biller award, Caitlin McNamara, who takes the honor for the 3rd consecutive year with numbers that blew everyone away! Her newest recruiter refers to her as the G.O.A.T., watch out Tom Brady! Caitlin joined us in 2016 as an entry level recruiter after graduating from University of New Hampshire with a degree in Neuroscience. She has played an instrumental part of growing the Massachusetts division by making numerous successful placements and really impressing the clients she works with. Caitlin advanced to group manager taking on new responsibilities as a team leader and mentor, helping not only her group but also other groups really soar this year. Although she takes the title she humbly thanks her recruiting team stating that she couldn’t have achieved this giant level of success without all of them. “She has a big heart. She cares about her team, she cares about everyone that she works with and that is a huge reason why her team works so hard for her and with her. She has amazing leadership abilities and I don’t think we’ve seen the best from her yet” – Jim Congratulations Caitlin, keep up the great work!
How do Life Science Companies Deal with Rapid Staffing Changes?
2020 was an odd year and 2021 shaping up to be much the same for the Biotech and Pharma industries. According to Forbes Magazine, 2020 was “the greatest year ever for the biopharma industry” and it was true -it’s still true. Along with the wild ride that was 2020, we’ve seen a light shined on the critical role our human capital has in the success, performance and growth of life science companies. In a year where labs rapidly ramped up to meet the challenges of COVID-19, businesses and municipalities doubled, tripled and even quadrupled their lab techs and data analysts as they scrambled to find new ways to measure and understand the world. Labs were inundated with human testing needs, clinical trials launched at an astronomical rate, massive testing programs struggled to meet public health and consumer needs all while new rapid diagnostic tests were being rolled out across the globe. Our science community was pushed like never before, and they delivered. Now, in 2021 and 2022, procuring the right talent to meet the ever-changing workforce needs that continue to get more complex and challenging will be critical to company stability, growth and ultimately longevity. In Q4 of 2020, ClinLab surveyed Life Science professionals about how they felt about the 2020 and 2021 life science employment landscape in our 2020 Life Science Annual Job Seeker and Employer Survey. We found that 49% of respondents browsed jobs in 2020 with 38% of those surveyed planning to actively seek or browse for new opportunities in 2021. Did you know that when an employee leaves, companies lose productivity and money at an alarming rate. It typically takes an average 3.5 months to replace non-executive positions An empty position can cost a company upwards of $500 per day Stalled projects, regulatory gaps and deadline impacts can be costly Life Science/Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Staffing: Pivot and Ramp Up In the cases of rapid ramp-up, companies can also face serious challenges in other areas they may not currently be serving. In 2020 we saw a slew of companies pivot to the rapid development of vaccines for COVID-19 and with that came an unprecedented increase in life science jobs as companies tried to pad their staff with enough bandwidth to complete their day to day operations as well as serve the current climate. We saw increases across the board but particularly heavily in titles such as lab tech, quality control, process development, accessioning technicians and clinical research associates. So how do companies handle massive, rapid changes in staffing needs so quickly and effectively? With Biopharma Life Science Staffing Solutions, of course! Temporary Biopharma Life Science Staffing Solutions While employers should always focus on expanding their recruitment channels as a way to prepare for staffing changes and employee turnover, most organizations will look to staffing and recruiting companies as the top method for recruiting quality talent. According to Hubspot, when companies were asked to identify their most effective recruiting method, staffing and recruitment companies ranked the highest. So while the market still looks bullish for job seekers, the prospect of big job turnover looms large as a major challenge for businesses and we can help. A firm like ClinLab Staffing has a robust, vetted stable of qualified temporary contract lab and life science staff, we make life easier and get a company on mission fast in times of transition. ClinLab also offers payroll solutions to allow companies to add staff as needed without adding to payroll or overall permanent headcount. Regions we serve: Boston/Cambridge, MA New York / New Jersey Greater Philadelphia Raleigh-Durham, NC (includes Research Triangle Park, NC) BioHealth Capital Region [Maryland / Virginia / Washington, D.C.]
Life Science Jobs Survey: We Want Your Opinion!
Work in biotech/life sciences? Got a few minutes to share your opinion in our annual survey? ???? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3JGLPT We’re gathering information to better understand how job hunting and employment in the life science market have changed in 2020. Please add your voice! Share your input and get a copy of our final year-end report later this year. Thank you in advance!
2020 Biotech/Life Science Job Titles
2020 has brought a lot of change to the hiring community, and one big area has been in the arena of job placements. We’ve compiled a list of the titles we’ve placed this year. There have been some changes since 2019, most notably COVID-19 related jobs. If you are looking to hire, temporarily staff one of these positions, contact us today! Are you looking for a job like one listed below? Apply today! 2020 Biotech and Life Science Job Titles Accessioning Technician (COVID-19 Testing) Analytical Chemist Animal Care Technician Associate Scientist Biomarker Coordinator Biorepository Laboratory Technician BioStorage Laboratory Technician Business Systems Analyst, Laboratory Information Systems Chemical Lab Tech Chemist Clinical Business Operations Clinical Lab Technician – Molecular Diagnostics Clinical Operations Consultant CMC Data Verifier Compounding Technician Computational Biologist Contractor Statistical Programmer CTS analyst Data Verifier/Technical Writer Engineering Technician eTMF Coordinator Global Supply Chain Coordinator GMP Production Chemist Grants & Sponsorship Specialist, Medical Operations Greenhouse Technician Clinical Consultant Inventory & Receiving Specialist Lab Assistant Lab IT Engineer, Laboratory Information Systems Lab Operations Coordinator Lab Supervisor Laboratory / Greenhouse Assistant Laboratory Manager Laboratory Operations Associate Laboratory Technician Lead QC Associate Manager Statistical Programming Manufacturing Associate Manufacturing Specialist Manufacturing Technician Material Handler Microbiologist Oncology R&D, Lab Operations Specialist Plant Biology Research Associate Problem Resolution Associate Process Chemist Process Development Associate (COVID-19 Testing) Process Engineer Production Technician Quality Assurance Document Control Specialist Quality Assurance Operations Senior Manager Quality Control Analyst Quality Control Associate Quality Control Microbiologist Quality Inspector R&D Pilot Plant Tech Research Associate Research Scientist Scientist Senior Associate Scientist Senior Associate Scientist, Analytical Development Senior Research Associate Shipping/Receiving Coordinator Specimen Processing Technician Senior CRA Supply Chain Coordinator
Top Searched Mass Biotechs of 2020 (so far)
If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been a strange year and right in the middle of it all are life science and biotech companies. Every time you open the news, different biotech companies are making headlines, and oftentimes, they have a tie to Massachusetts. We wanted to do a roundup of some of the names we’ve seen most this year, so we sent one of our writers out to collect a list of the top Massachusetts biotechs based on the most common search queries 2020 has seen so far. We found that three companies rounded out the top of the heap: Moderna www.modernatx.com Founded in 2010, Moderna’s mission is to “deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.” The company’s work is founded on the usage of mRNA (Messenger RNA) medicines. This is considered a new approach to treating disease which uses the natural biology of the body. Moderna is headquartered in Cambridge, MA and researches a variety of areas, including infectious, rare, and autoimmune diseases. They are partnered with AstraZeneca, #2 on this list, to work on immuno-oncology, cardiometabolic disease and cancer, and other treatment candidates. Since January 2020, Moderna has worked to develop their candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine, named mRNA-1273. They are now undergoing Phase 3 of their clinical trials, working closely with the NIH and BARDA. AstraZeneca www.astrazeneca.com A British-Swedish company, AstraZeneca opened its first U.S. offices in 1953 as one of the first pharmaceutical companies in the country. AstraZeneca is a global company that is driven by science to improve quality of life. The company’s main areas of focus are in oncology; cardiovascular, renal and metabolism; and respiratory diseases. AstraZeneca prides themselves on their entrepreneurial spirit, sustainable culture, and transformative science. With their stated priorities of accelerating innovative science, driving growth in leadership, and being a great place to work, they strive to put their patients first and use science-based research. AstraZeneca, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, is working on developing a vaccine for COVID-19, but their clinical trials are on pause to review the safety of their vaccine candidate. Pfizer www.pfizer.com Founded in 1849, Pfizer’s mission is “to be the premier, innovative biopharmaceutical company.” They approach this mission by advancing the development of healthcare products, collaborating with healthcare providers, and advancing global knowledge of disease. Pfizer is the most profitable pharmaceutical company in the world with a revenue of $51.75 billion in 2019. They are currently partnering with BioNTech to co-develop a potential vaccine for COVID-19. The company aims to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all, working with local governments and communities as well as global partners. Pfizer has shown a large spike in interest in July 2020, which was likely a result of their development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine and the U.S. government’s initial purchase of 100 million doses of this vaccine. Headquartered in New York, NY, the company has offices throughout the country including multiple in Massachusetts. Other Notable Mass Biotechs of 2020 Roche www.roche.com Novartis www.novartis.com Johnson & Johnson www.jnj.com Sanofi www.sanofi.com Sunovion www.sunovion.us Thermo Fisher Scientific www.thermofisher.com Waters Corporation www.waters.com