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Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
and Business Development

Online Training in Clinical Research & Business Development | Business Development Training

Online Training in Clinical Research & Business Development | Business Development Training


Clinical trials are a vital component of the larger research and development landscape for getting safe and efficacious healthcare products to the market. Along with this basic and genuine concept, pharmaceutical industry and the society at large are recognizing the need to expedite the processes of drug development so that the basic science discoveries are not shelved but get efficiently translated into clinical practice.


Drug development is a lengthy, and expensive endeavor. The cost of getting a drug or biologic from the bench to the bedside has crossed $800 million. From an economic standpoint the pharmaceutical and the clinical research industry is constrained to channelize their recourses with a strategy to be able to constantly fund the drug pipelines. This has effected in a drift of the clinical research industry towards India, China, Latin America and South-East Asia. According to a US Food and Drug Administration report the number of clinical trials in these new hubs of clinical research has grown at a rate of 8% each year since 1997.


In this pharmaceutical industry scenario and growing number of clinical research management organizations worldwide (CROs, SMOs, Clinical research consultancies, etc.), the need for scientific and strategic business development is well recognized.

We at the James Lind Institute understand the fact that clinical trials are a scientific activity requiring professionals in contact with clients to have a firm understanding of the science of clinical research and the art of marketing.


This course develops students to enter this exciting, challenging and highly rewarding discipline as “Scientific business development associate / manager” in the pharma-biotech or clinical research industry. The students of the APGDCR-BD course at JLI develop the skills necessary to find business leads, mature them into prospects and finally closing the deals with sponsors or vendors.


The APGDCR-BD course curriculum is fully reviewed and endorsed by the Industry and the academia thus helping students to acquire that edge they require to enter the business development sector. This course is also beneficial for professionals working in the clinical research or pharmaceutical industry to take up a business development role.


Course Structure

    TOTAL CREDITS: 32

    CLINICAL RESEARCH

    program curriculum

Course duration

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

A student enrolled for the Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Business Development (APGDCR-BD) course is expected to study online for a minimum of fifteen hours per week.


Course Assessment

Course assessment involves online multiple choice questions for each lecture, followed by assignments for each study module.


Overall academic performance in the program is measured on a 4 point Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) scale. More information about this is available here: Evaluation System

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria for the course would include either of the following:

  • MBBS/BHMS/BAMS/BPT/MPT/BDS/BMLT/Bachelor in Naturopathy & Veterinary Science /MD/MS.

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Life Sciences (Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology).

  • Graduate/Postgraduate degree in Chemistry/Biostatistics/ Bioinformatics.

  • Graduate or equivalent degree in Nursing/Allied Health.

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


Fee Structure

Course fee for all JLI courses is very reasonable. Please use our Course Fee Calculator below to know the course fee applicable to you.



If you are not sure about the fee applicable to you for Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research and Business Development, please send an email to admissions@jli.edu.in or chat with our online counsellor.

For more details about the admission procedure please click here.


Academic Support

Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the “Online Campus Tutoring Centre” to discuss any coursework related issues.


Each student in the APGDCR-BD course is assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the Industry. Students are in close contact with the “Student Success Team” during the course and thereafter as alumni. To know more about the “Student Success Team”, click here




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