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The Vital Role of Finance in the Life Sciences Industry

Like every successful and dynamic industry Life Science organizations rely on the support of specialists to ensure the efficient and effective running of the business. One such career is finance, and without the skills and experience of financial talent the challenges the industry faces would be hugely exacerbated. Here we look at the importance of finance within the life sciences industry.

Importance of finance in the Life Sciences Industry

From acquiring investment to making sure that everyone is paid on time, finance is at the heart of the life science industry and informs all that happens within it. Finance ensures that biotech companies, especially start-ups, have access to capital to enable them to research, develop, and bring to market new and innovative treatments and devices that help improve and extend millions of people’s lives all over the world. This dynamic environment offers a plethora of life science jobs, from research to financial management, all playing a crucial role in the industry’s success.

Different Financial Careers within the Life Sciences Industry

The variety of different financial careers within the life sciences industry may surprise you. From traditional accounting functions, such as payroll and procurement, to equity research and M&A, the diversity of requirements for qualified and ambitious talent means that there are a wide selection of career options available.

Financial Analysts in Biotechnology

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Financial analysts conduct research to inform investment strategies and decisions that a biotechnology company makes. They use financial data, market developments and financial models to analyze current performance, predict future trends and interpret the data so investment strategies can be formulated.

Finance Manager roles in Pharmaceutical companies

Finance managers are responsible for overseeing and improving end-to-end accounting and financial operations within a pharmaceutical company. They plan, forecast and analyze budgets, preparing monthly accruals and prepayments, as well as lead the analysis of both monthly and quarterly figures, and present their findings to members of the board.

CFOs in Healthcare Technology and Medical Device Manufacturing

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a Healthcare Technology and Medical Device manufacturing organization is responsible for maximizing the creation of value through taking the company in the direction it needs to achieve its financial objectives. They oversee investments and manage risks and corporate investments, monitor cash flow, and analyze the company’s financial strengths and weaknesses as well as dealing with mergers and acquisitions.

Venture Capitalists in Life Sciences startups

Venture Capitalists (VCs) provide an vital source of funding for Life Science startups by providing capital in order to develop drugs and devices which have the potential for high returns. VCs frequently invest in new ideas to help bring them to market, or to upscale or commercialize a product, in return for equity in the company. They may also offer financial advice to startups in order for them to flourish in a highly competitive field.

Skills Required for a Financial Career in Life Sciences

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As well as excellent numeracy, life science employers are looking for a wide range of skills including:

  • Analytical skills
  • Accounting experience
  • Cash-flow and financial management
  • Financial modelling skills
  • Planning and forecasting abilities
  • Budgeting experience
  • Leadership abilities
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to detail

How do financial professionals contribute to biotechnology problem-solving?

It’s estimated that the cost of designing, developing and bringing a new drug to market is between and billion, and for medical devices this figure is million. It’s no wonder, then, that startups and smaller biotechnology companies sometimes struggle to raise the funds they need to make world-changing discoveries and developments. That’s where financial professionals can contribute – either from within, managing an organization’s finances to attract investment, or contributing from outside the organization in for form of venture capital.

The role of finance in healthcare technology and medical device manufacturing

The use of technology has vastly expanded the importance of the healthcare technology and medical device manufacturing sector. Innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, personalized medicine, wearable tech and remote patient monitoring have elevated patient care beyond what was considered possible only ten years ago. Total ‘medtech’ revenue in 2022 was billion, with a return to investors of billion, highlighting the popularity and importance of investment into this vital branch of the life sciences.

Job Opportunities and Career Growth in Finance within Life Sciences

Beyond the laboratory the life sciences offer graduates and more experienced talent a wealth of opportunity for a fulfilling and rewarding career such as Panda-int can facilitate. Within finance specifically, roles are varied and challenging, and the potential for career progression is enormous.

In conclusion

Financial careers within the life sciences offer professionals both economic and intellectual rewards, along with the potential to be part of a profession that changes people’s lives for the better. What has been your experience of working in life science finance? If you’re ready for the next stage of your challenge and are looking for the opportunity to use your skills to benefit humanity call us on +31 (0)20 2044 502, email us at [email protected] or fill in the contact form here.

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