ATC endorses Clintec International and Edinburgh Napier University Masters programme

Programme launched last year to support the development of clinical research staff throughout the world

The Asia Training Consortium (ATC) has endorsed the Masters in International Clinical Research and Technology launched last year by global contract research organisation ClinTec International and Edinburgh Napier University to support the development of clinical research staff throughout the world.

The ATC was founded in 2012 as a unified platform for pharmaceutical companies to establish common goals and share resources to provide world-class training and development in clinical research in Asia. It is currently a consortium of 17 companies, including major pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Astellas and AstraZeneca, global CROs and training institutions including Edinburgh Napier University. This is the first endorsement from ATC of an academic qualification to meet the needs for further qualifications for research professionals.

The Masters programme is an exciting collaboration that builds upon the clinical research and educational expertise that exists within the two organisations. It is accessible globally and has enrolled students from 14 countries, including UAE, Lebanon, South Africa, India and the Philippines as well as France, Austria, Sweden, UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia and Romania. Over the last five years, ClinTec and Edinburgh Napier University have delivered clinical research courses to more than 1,000 clinical professionals globally, of whom more than 200 are based in Asia.

'ClinTec International is delighted to receive this endorsement from the Asia Training Consortium,' said Dr Rabinder Buttar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ClinTec International. 'As ClinTec has a global presence in over 50 countries, we are very pleased to be associated with a platform that provides world-class training and development in Asia.'

John Constantine, Chair, Asia Training Consortium, added: 'This is yet another example of collaboration within and across industries to further quality and excellence in clinical research. ATC membership is excited to have this endorsement between a respected University, Edinburgh Napier University, and ClinTec. I look forward to further collaborations like this between ATC members in the future.'