Clinical Staffing Reviews

A site which compares Clinical Recruitment Firms so you are able to select the best Recruiting Company to fit your staffing needs.

ClinForce (now DOCS, ICON)

In the past, I was a huge fan of ClinForce.  The ClinForce organization was founded in 1983 has been a nationwide provider of clinical research professionals for over 30 years.

This past February, however, ClinForce announced they were to be acquired by DOCS, ICON.  For me, this is sad news as ClinForce will be integrated into DOCS, ICON’s resourcing division.

The ClinForce we have all grown to know as a top clinical recruitment agency will cease to exist.

While I have no doubt that ICON will benefit greatly from the acquisition of ClinForce, the assimilation of this company into ICON’s resourcing operations poses a great question to the rest of us who may have used (or would like to use) ClinForce’s recruiting services.  When ClinForce (aka DOCS, ICON) recruits great CRAs, where do you think ClinForce will place them?

Great CRAs recruited by ClinForce will be placed on ICON projects, of course!  I have an article which goes deeper into my thoughts on why you should be cautious when using a CRO as a staffing agency so I won’t go into details here.  But I would challenge you to consider this:  If you are currently on ClinForce’s client list, where do you think their recruiting priorities are…your resource needs or ICON’s?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Add your comments here.

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MEIRxRS

A company with three divisions, MEIRxRS offers “customized employment service solutions” in the retained recruiting, full service staffing and CRO areas.  For retained recruiting, the Med Exec international division advertises a focus on mid to executive level professionals. Their job board, however, tells a different story, showing positions in many different roles and functions (not just clinical research) with 1,512 open positions at the time of this writing.

Having this many open “soup to nuts” positions is very concerning and would lead me to believe this company is huge.  However, while their website is impressive, further digging showed this is a small company with a LinkedIn profile advertising the company size to be one (yes – 1).  There appear to be 4 employees on LinkedIn and the Med Exec International subdivision shows a company size of 1-10 employees.

With the small size of MEIRxRS, the “soup to nuts” focus is concerning to me.  As a hiring manager, I would want my position to be a primary focus to my staffing partner.  Additionally, I would want my staffing partner to be an expert recruiter in the clinical research field.  When my position is competing with 1,511 others in diverse fields, I would be concerned with how quickly the position is filled (and with what quality). Now, layer their double focus on CRO services and Clinical Staffing with the varied concentration on job types, and my concern grows even more.  As you know, I am always cautious using a CRO as a staffing company and I would ask you to consider one question before engaging any CRO to be your staffing agency:  If a CRO recruits a great CRA, where do you think they are motivated to place him/her? 

But we want to hear your experiences; add your comments about your current or past relationship with MEIRxRS here.

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Monitor for Hire

With a motto “What if Clinical Trials Staffed Themselves?”, Monitor for Hire definitely had a unique clinical recruiting approach.   I like that Monitor for Hire focuses on CRAs (so a Niche within a Niche).  I also like that they have a resource management tool that quickly lets me know how many monitors they have available with specific therapeutic experience and in specific regions.

Definitely a great concept!  Here is my only concern:  through Monitor for Hire’s on admission, they use a 3rd party company to verify all candidate backgrounds.  I absolutely believe in using technology to streamline recruiting; but I don’t believe you can lose the human touch as it relates to finding the right fit for your company.  Let’s face it, finding a qualified CRA who will stick is more than just finding someone who fits the therapeutic and location job requirements.

Wouldn’t you agree that even though you on-board a CRA who meets all of the job qualifications, that doesn’t mean that CRA will perform well in your company’s environment?  I have worked in large and small companies…and some CRAs do well in the smaller “wear multiple hats” organizations while others do better in large.  I have worked in both government and private sector…and some CRAs “get” government while others excel in the private sector environment.  I have managed studies with both CROs and Sponsors…and the pace is different!  Some CRAs excel in CROs while other really strong CRAs flame out pretty spectacularly.

So if you decide to engage Monitor for Hire, I would suggest you request a 1-1 consultation with a single point of contact (account manager or project manager) at the company.  You should set the expectations that you care about more than just the therapeutic experience and location of the monitors being submitted.

Some logistics on Monitor for Hire:  Nationwide coverage (actually growing into international), strong LinkedIn presence, but no blog that we could find.  Also, remember their focus is Contract CRAs, so if you need permanent CRAs or folks in other Clinical Research Operational roles, Monitor for Hire may not be your “one stop shop”.  Have you worked with Monitor for Hire?  Our Audience would love to hear your feedback – add comments about Monitor for Hire here.

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Maxim / Orbis Clinical

Maxim is a staffing agency which works in multiple healthcare segments, including clinical research. They provide contract, contract to hire, per diem and direct hire / permanent placement services.

Maxim’s clinical research staffing division is otherwise known as Orbis Clinical.  Orbis doesn’t just claim they can recruit in the clinical research industry, but can provide drug safety and risk management consultation and expertise.

If you are looking for the typical clinical operations staff (CRAs, Clinical Study Managers, Clinical Trial Managers, etc), then I am not sure Orbis / Maxim is going to be your “go to” company.  A quick look at their open positions reinforces their attention is focused primarily to drug safety and addressing their clients’ regulatory issues.

Orbis Clinical is a Boston based company advertising a company size of 51-200 employees.  Orbis has a solid LinkedIn presence with 29 employees showing on LinkedIn at the time of this review.  We could not find an interactive blog.  Our Audience would appreciate your feedback – add comments about Orbis Clinical here.

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JGB BioPharma Consulting

JGB BioPharma Consulting is definitely not a company niched in clinical research.  Yet I wouldn’t classify this company as a soup-to-nuts company either.  While their website states they work in the biopharma, medical device, diagnostics and bioinformatics areas, I found jobs posted on their website in Finance, Facilities, Software Engineering, and Legal with positions ranging from Administrative Assistants to Executive level.

I found their job postings to be confusing…if I were a job seeker I would have had a hard time finding a specific position.  in many cases, I couldn’t tell the exact location of the jobs, so as a job seeker I may not be inclined to apply due to the vagueness of the position descriptions.  Additionally, there were no dates as to when the positions were posted, so I couldn’t tell how old the positions were.  Not only is this an issue for job seekers, but this is a flag to me as a hiring manager, as aging positions result in huge problems relating to me acquiring my much needed new hire in a timely fashion.

LinkedIn shows their company size to be between 11-50 employees with 17 team members found on LinkedIn.  As you know by now, a smaller company size is not an issue with me if the company is niched in a specific area and has efficient processes.  My number one concern with JGB BioPharma is that they have a small team and a diverse focus.

Our Audience would appreciate your feedback – add comments about JGB BioPharma Consulting here.

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