Defined: Preclinical vs. Clinical Research Roles ClinLab Staffing

Pharmaceutical development hinges on rigorous research to introduce new medicines to the market. Two fundamental types of research, preclinical and clinical, are central to this process. However, for many individuals, distinguishing between preclinical and clinical research can be challenging. This article serves as an introductory primer, particularly for those who are new to the field, including human resources professionals, cross-functional teams, and administrators involved in planning.

Definition: Preclinical Research

Preclinical research is the initial phase of drug development. It involves testing potential drugs in laboratory settings before human trials. Scientists use techniques such as cellular studies and animal testing to assess safety and efficacy.

Examples of preclinical research job titles include:

  • Research Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Preclinical Research Associate
  • Animal Care Technician
  • Cell Biologist


Definition: Clinical Research

Clinical research tests drugs in humans to evaluate safety and efficacy. Clinical trials, central to this phase, involve researchers, healthcare providers, and participants to gather data on the drug’s performance.

Examples of clinical research job titles include:

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Clinical Data Manager

Our Role at ClinLab Staffing & Recruiting:

At ClinLab Staffing & Recruiting, we understand the importance of both preclinical and clinical research. With dedicated with dedicated teams specializing in both areas, we connect companies with top talent across the US.


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