Research, Development and New Discoveries Drive Hiring Trends In Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industry

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Lucas Group, a respected leader in professional recruiting, today reports medical device and pharmaceutical hiring trends. Lucas Group is one of the nationÂ?s largest executive search firms.

— Lucas Group, a respected leader in professional recruiting, today reports medical device and pharmaceutical hiring trends. Lucas Group is one of the nation’s largest executive search firms.

According to survey results in the December 2004 Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine, the medical device industry had an increase in employment opportunities in 2004. Lucas Group is continuing to see the same for 2005. Due to a healthy economy and reinvestment in research and development, companies are seeking highly-qualified candidates that can aid in creating new lifesaving products. These candidates require a specific set of skills that may include sales training from blue chip companies, leadership experience, proven sales results, awards and longevity with their prior employers.

Nancy Simon, senior partner and medical recruiter for Lucas Group, said, “The medical device industry is an important group in the medical field, and those creating these products report to the highest professional levels. The pay is excellent and the pipeline for new, life-saving products is full. Companies are allowed to be choosy in who they select as employees, from management and corporate to sales.”

Medical sales and marketing positions are also on the rise. Simon said, “As there is a growing need for innovative candidates that can influence and possibly change current medical practices, sales positions are increasing in many fields, including cardiology, neurology, peripheral intervention and surgery.”

Along with medical, the pharmaceutical industry has also seen a hiring increase in specialty sales, as well as corporate-level, middle management positions. As the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to release new compounds, companies are generating corresponding sales and management initiatives.

“Although some industry insiders say the pharmaceutical industry was negatively impacted with the FDA’s decision to pull Vioxx, companies are preparing in earnest for the next generation of approvable drugs,” said Ned Hansen, senior partner and pharmaceutical recruiter for Lucas Group.

Companies are forming new brand teams and seeking an outside marketing perspective, while sales teams are actively growing to expand their reach in more markets. Larger management teams are in demand due to the many facets of the pharmaceutical industry that require direction, from life cycle management, product launch and marketing to key opinion leaders and direct to consumer.

“Companies are seeking talent to fill positions across the board in pharmaceuticals,” Hansen said. “The industry is growing strong and definitely not slowing down.”

About Lucas Group:

Lucas Group, a respected leader in professional recruiting, is one of the nation’s largest non-franchised, executive recruitment firms. Lucas Group has built a reputation for successfully providing human capital placements in multiple markets and industries. In a partnership with The Wall Street Journal and CareerJournal.com, the search firm has grown and increased its reach, while maintaining a commitment to high performance and unsurpassed industry knowledge. Lucas Group focuses on recruiting top executives in management, advertising/marketing, sales, accounting, manufacturing, legal, military personnel transitioning and technical positions across all major industries. With offices nationwide and its expansion into Europe, Lucas Group performs search assignments for Fortune 100+ companies, as well as regional businesses and entrepreneurial firms.

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Alicia Wasson

404-239-5620

marketing@lucasgroup.com

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