Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2023

Career Options in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Industry

An Insider’s Guide

  • Highlights job opportunities in the pharma, medtech and biotech sector

  • Shows you how to embark on a successful career path in biomed industries

  • Gives tips on how to launch your own startup

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-14911-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Competences for Pharmacists

      • Jeffrey Atkinson, Chris van Schravendijk
      Pages 13-32
  3. Opportunities Along the Drug/Product Life Cycle

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 85-85
    2. Career Opportunities in Toxicology

      • Mark Martens, Miranda Cornet
      Pages 87-104
    3. Job Possibilities in Clinical Research

      • Benedikt Van Nieuwenhove
      Pages 105-117
    4. Job Opportunities in Pharmaceutical Marketing

      • Vicky van den Nieuwenhuyzen
      Pages 137-146
    5. Working in Medical Affairs and Clinical Operations: Life-Changing Careers

      • Drago Vuina, Amal Chalfoun, Ana Ines Chiesa, Laura Salvi, Giusi Lastoria, Arianna Gattoni
      Pages 147-159
    6. The Role of Medical Science Liaison

      • Roberta Manfroni
      Pages 161-170
    7. Career Development for Physicians in the Biopharmaceutical Industry

      • Anke Van den broeck, Ann Dhoore
      Pages 171-186
  4. Opportunities in Supportive Functions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 187-187
    2. Job and Career Opportunities in Regulatory Affairs/Science

      • Ann Emmerechts, Josse R. Thomas
      Pages 189-199
  5. Other Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sector

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 233-233
    2. Careers’ Perspective in a Science and Technological Park

      • Laura Aldrovandi, Simona Sbardelatti
      Pages 235-247
    3. To Be or Not to Be: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation as a Way to Innovate in Life Sciences

      • Brian Cahill, Fabrizio Conicella, Eoin Galligan, Miklós Györffi
      Pages 249-262

About this book

Written by dedicated and active professionals from different areas of the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medtech sectors, this book provides information on job and career opportunities in various life sciences industries. It also contains useful tips to launch your own startup. The pharmaceutical, biomedical and medical technology sectors offer a wide range of employment opportunities to talented and motivated young graduates. However, many of these employment prospects are not well known to early career scientists, who concentrate primarily on the scientific and academic content of their fields of interest.

The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 provides an academic perspective that focuses on the specific preparation required in the final years of study to embark on a successful career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. In Part 2, industry experts discuss employment possibilities all along the drug or product life cycle, from discovery research and development to commercialisation. Part 3 follows, highlighting opportunities in support functions such as regulatory affairs or quality assurance. Part 4 focuses on additional opportunities in the wider biomedical sector, while Part 5 contains practical tips and training opportunities for entering the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. In the epilogue, the authors reflect on this fascinating field and its career prospects.

The book offers a multidisciplinary perspective on career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry to a wide range of students and young life scientists.


  • Job opportunities
  • Career development
  • Pharmaceutical sector
  • Biotechnological sector
  • Human resources
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical technology
  • Clinical drug development
  • Quality management
  • Clinical research organizations
  • Start-ups
  • Open Access
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • PharmaCS, Merchtem, Belgium

    Josse R. Thomas

  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Roma, Italy

    Luciano Saso

  • Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ternat, Belgium

    Chris van Schravendijk

About the editors

Josse R. Thomas graduated as a Pharmacist and holds a postgraduate and a PhD degree in Medical Sciences (experimental and clinical pharmacology) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is certified as a Clinical Pharmacologist and has more than 30 years of experience in clinical drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, he held or holds various academic and consulting positions, including former Visiting Professor at KU Leuven (clinical drug development), former member of the Medical Research Ethics Committee of UZ/KU Leuven, member of the Clinical Trials Board of the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE), National Expert participating in the European Commission DG SANTE Union Controls within the framework of the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR), and Senior Consultant at PharmaCS. He is also co-author of the book ‘Global New Drug Development: An Introduction’, published by Wiley-Blackwell, and a reference in its field.

Prof. Luciano Saso (Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) is author of more than 350 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals (H-index Google Scholar 58, Scopus 48). He coordinated several research projects and has been referee for many national and international funding agencies and international scientific journals in the last 30 years.  Prof. Saso has extensive experience in international relations and he has been Deputy -Rector at Sapienza University of Rome in the last 7 years. In the last 20 years, he participated in several projects and has been speaker and chair at many international conferences organised by the UNICA network of the universities from the Capitals of Europe ( and other university associations. Prof. Saso is currently President of UNICA (2015-2023) and Member of the Steering Committee of CIVIS (  


Prof. Em. Chris van Schravendijk is Emeritus professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. His research domain is focused on cellular biology, prediction and prevention of type-1 diabetes. As faculty professor he was responsible for the introductory course on Scientific Thought and Evidence Based Medicine in the first Medical Bachelor year and for the Bachelor course on Formulation and Development of a Scientific Hypothesis in the third Bachelor year of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Between 2008 and 2016, he was the Director of the Doctoral School of Life Sciences and Medicine, with more than 200 PhD students. He has a long standing interest in international benchmarking and harmonization in the area of Higher Education (MEDINE, MEDINE-2, ORPHEUS, UNICA) with focus on the place of the research component in the undergraduate medical curriculum as well as on career perspectives of academic graduates. As emeritus he is particularly interested in PhD workshops promoting better awareness of research integrity as well as the promotion of job opportunities in the pharma-biomed-medtech sector.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Career Options in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Industry

  • Book Subtitle: An Insider’s Guide

  • Editors: Josse R. Thomas, Luciano Saso, Chris van Schravendijk

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exlusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-14910-8Published: 03 February 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-14913-9Due: 17 February 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-14911-5Published: 02 February 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 328

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Biomedical Research, Career Counseling, Career Skills, Organization and Leadership

Buying options

eBook USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-14911-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)