Martin Cripps is the Senior Director, Project Management, at Clinipace Worldwide.

Last week, our UK office hosted a group of Harding University students and faculty as part of their summer program. This is the fourth year in a row we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this wonderful group from the university.

Harding University is located in Searcy, Arkansas, and their summer program brings students to the UK to visit various businesses across multiple sectors. The group of business majors was led by James G. Shelton, PhD, professor of accounting at Harding. In addition to faculty sponsors, the group was also joined by Bruce McLarty, president of Harding University; his wife Anne; and Bryan Burks, dean of the Carter College of Business.

Harding University students visit Clinipace

During their visit, I presented on the state of research and development in health care, including an industry overview, the phases of clinical development, and an introduction to the business and operations of Clinipace. The presentation reflected current industry trends and our growing geographical footprint and services.

I’m always intrigued to learn what the students are most interested in. In previous years, topics of interest have included the phases of clinical development, pricing, and intellectual property. This year, students asked many questions about our TEMPO eClinical platform functionality and our global project operations. They were surprised by the fact that not all companies in our industry have a single data platform. Could this be a sign that technology will be embraced at a faster rate in the future perhaps?

As always, I was impressed by the students’ intuitive questions about the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

We would like to thank the Harding University students for visiting and look forward to having students back as interns and employees!