Training and Development Program
Education and training at Linical
As much as possible, Linical likes to conduct “live,” face-to-face training. While the use of e-learning for training has many benefits, at Linical we feel that our passion and enthusiasm cannot be conveyed by e-learning alone. We believe that a process of personal growth requires a support system that gives trainees the security of feeling protected and the confidence to challenge themselves.
At Linical, protecting the “human rights of test subjects and ensuring safety” is always our highest priority, and in fact the most important factor in pharmaceutical product development. We train staff to keep this in mind and to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to “improve the quality of the clinical trials” we conduct. Linical executives and workplace leaders also participate in training as lecturers. To help support the growth of all Linical employees, we also hold regular training programs featuring invited speakers and trainers from outside the company.
At Linical, dedicated training specialists plan and implement various training programs throughout the year.
Although e-learning has been adopted more and more in recent years, Linical favors lecture-style group training sessions, featuring invited lecturers from outside the company. We have created a system that divides employees into three levels — Basic, Advanced, and Management — according to their years of experience, so that we can more effectively provide the training necessary for each group. Furthermore, we create programs such as group work that enables trainees to not only absorb knowledge, but also to apply it at a practical level.
Various training systems to support clinical development
Linical implements specialized personnel training for each level, building on basic training. We put particular effort into the basic training to provide all trainees with the scientific knowledge necessary for pharmaceutical product development experts, as well as a broad familiarity with the legal issues and the environment surrounding pharmaceutical product development. On top of this, we also provide highly specialized training by members of our oncology and CNS teams, as well as training through various e-learning methods. The training targeted at different levels includes group work on specific case studies, follow-up training, and training designed for specific executive roles. To help ensure the smooth execution of global studies, we also put emphasis on English-language training, employing not only TOEIC (The Test of English for International Communication) but also providing guidance with the creation of real-world English writing in “Clinical Trial English” classes.
In-house certification system for oncology
More than half of the contract projects that Linical receives are in the area of oncology, so we have set up an in-house certification system for CRAs specialized in oncology, based on an e-learning program of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology. Through this system, we cultivate highly aware personnel who are equipped with the technical expertise and knowledge expected of pharmaceutical product development experts. In this way, Linical’s highly specialized staff can rapidly conduct high-quality clinical studies.
GCP Passport certification of the Japan Society of Clinical Trials and Research
Linical makes it obligatory for all our clinical research associates, clinical research monitors and quality control personnel to acquire GCP Passport certification from the Japan Society of Clinical Trials and Research (JSCTR). To help them acquire the certification, Linical holds lectures focused on the GCP Passport from time to time.
As part of our basic training and in addition to clinical development-related training, we regularly implement training geared to improving business skills, training to promote compliance by fostering ethical awareness, and training to explain the corporate structure and operations of Linical (e.g., introduction of overseas subsidiaries, explanation of in-house regulations and systems).
Introductory training for new graduates
(and other new employees)
In our introductory training for new employees, we provide a total of approximately 100 hours of classroom training, followed by approximately three months of practical training. Following this, trainees sit for written examinations and role-playing tests, after which the successful employees will be appointed to work as a monitor or QC officer, and assigned to a project.