Biometrics is the automated recognition of individuals based on their behavioral and biological characteristics. For example, fingerprint mapping, facial recognition, and retina scans are all forms of biometric technology.
Kaspersky (2020) details three distinct categories that exist within biometrics: biological, morphological and behavioral. Biological biometrics include genetic or molecular information from DNA or blood samples, morphological biometrics map the body’s physical structure such as facial recognition or fingerprints, and behavioral biometrics distinctly identify patterns such as gait, voice cadence and speech.
The number of clinical trials around the world has exploded in recent years. This increasing clinical trial demand is being driven by an increase in studies in several therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology and Immunology. From the beginning of the drug development process, to the end of the drug commercialization, “biometrics functions” talent such as programming, clinical data management and data analysis remain hot commodities.
The high level of technical skill needed for these positions can be a tough barrier to entry, unless the hiring companies are willing to look at potential hires through a different lens. For example, some companies will only want candidates with a Ph.D. in biostatistics. This targeted talent pool becomes very small. So, we advise our clients to consider candidates with strong academic credential but have years of industry practical application experience instead.
Roles that we’ve worked on to fill include Global/Regional Director of Biometrics department, Clinical Data Management Specialist, Programming Engineer/Manager, Project Manager, Data Manager, Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Biostatistician, Statistical Programmer.