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Advanced PG Diploma in Clinical Research &
Business Development

Business Development Training Singapore | Clinical Trial Business Development

Business Development Training Singapore | Clinical Trial Business Development


When it comes to providing safe and efficacious products for the healthcare market, clinical trials play a vital role within the research and development process. It is widely recognized by both the pharmaceutical industry, and a large part of the society, that there is a need to expedite new drug and medical device development processes, in order to make sure that scientific discoveries are translated into clinical practice quickly, instead of getting shelved.


The development of new drugs and devices takes both time and money. A cost of $800 million has easily been calculated for taking a drug from the research phase to the phase of clinical use i.e. in the hands of medical practitioners. When looked at through an economic perspective, the pharmaceutical and clinical research industry is strongly constrained to fund the various drug pipelines at all times. This has led to a drift for the industry, towards countries like India, China, Brazil, Singapore etc. According to a report by the US Food and Drug Administration, there is an evident increase of 8% each year since 1997, for the growth of clinical research in these regions.


With the evident growth in the number of clinical research management organizations, and the current pharmaceutical industry scenario, it is normal for the need of strategic business development to arise. At the James Lind Institute we understand very clearly that professionals involved in clinical research related business development who remain in contact with potential clients, require a good understanding of both clinical research as well as marketing.


This program represents a highly rewarding, yet challenging discipline, and aims for the participant to become a Scientific Business Development Associate or Manager, either in the pharma-biotech, or in the clinical research industry. Participants in this program will obtain the skills required to recognize new business leads, turn them into full prospects, fully market the services and strengths of their organization and closing the deals. This program is also ideal for various specialists working in the clinical research industry who would like to take on the business development role.



program curriculum

Towards the end of the program mock exercises and role plays may be conducted for relevant topics that guide students about handling on-job situations commonly faced by clinical research and business development professionals.


Program Duration


Self Paced 6 - 8 months (Maximum duration 24 months)

All individuals participating in the program Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Business Development (APGDCR-BD) are required to invest about 15 hours every week in their online studies


Program Assessment


Participants are assessed via an ongoing evaluation approach by the faculty. There is no single final completion exam. Participants are assessed based on the following:

Completion of online Multiple Choice Question tests for every lesson studied and ongoing submission of project work for each module.



The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Business Development (APGDCR-BD) would include either of the following:

  • Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc

  • Any degree in Medicine such as MBBS, BDS, BPT, BAMS, BHMS,, BUMS etc

  • Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics

  • Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.

  • Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses may also apply.


  • If you do not possess the qualifications mentioned above you may still be eligible to apply based on any prior relevant work experience and upon recommendation of your line manager. Please contact our admission team / counsellor for more information.


Program Fee


JLI has been globally acknowledged for its determination to provide economical yet high quality training programs to aspirants. You may use our Online Program Fee Calculator below to determine the tuition fee applicable to you for the current academic year.



Should your country not be available in the calculator or should you not be able to figure out the tuition fee that applies to you for this online training program please send an email enquiry to admissions@jli.sg or contact the online chat support available on this website.

To know more regarding the application procedure please click here.


Program Support


Each participant enrolled in APGDCR-BD is in close contact with a mentor throughout the program. The mentor is an industry expert working in a senior leadership position. The mentor can be approached at any time via email or phone. Participants can also communicate with peers and faculty via their study accounts to discuss any topic or question.

Upon completion of the program students are provided placement guidance and support for career development via the “Student Success Team (SST)”. To know more about the SST, please click here.




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