Celebrating 20 Years in Life Sciences: Exploring Industry Trends

Posted Oct 11, 2023

In an ever-evolving world, two decades in any industry is a milestone worthy of celebration. Today, we’re thrilled to commemorate LSC’s 20th anniversary, celebrating two decades in Life Sciences. Since our inception, we’ve witnessed remarkable transformations in the industry, surmounted numerous challenges, and earned our reputation as industry experts. As we look back on our journey, we’re excited to reflect on how the Life Science sector has evolved and more importantly, explore the trends that are currently reshaping the landscape. These trends have been redefining the way we approach research, development, and resourcing in this sector.

In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into these trends and share our insights into how they’re reshaping the Life Science industry.


Changes in Technology and the Demand for Specalised Skills

Over the past few decades, the Life Science industry has undergone a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovation. One of the most significant consequences of these technological leaps is the growing need for highly specialised skill sets among contractors. Here are some areas where we are seeing specialisation becoming more crucial:

  1. Data-Driven Decision-Making: The ability to harness the power of big data is reshaping research and development processes. Life Science contractors with expertise in data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are essential for deriving insights from massive datasets, accelerating drug discovery, and optimising manufacturing and supply chains.
  2. Automation and Robotics: Automation technologies have revolutionised manufacturing and business workflows, enhancing efficiency and product quality. Process engineers in particular who specialise in automation, robotics, and process optimization are now indispensable for Life Science organisations aiming to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market.


What does this mean for clients and how can LSC support?

As technology continues to reshape the Life Science industry, the demand for specialised skillsets among contractors is greater than ever before, making the search for contractors possessing the right skill set a challenging endeavour. Navigating this evolving landscape requires a strategic approach to sourcing contractors and that’s where LSC comes in. With our expertise and an expansive network of professionals at our fingertips, we stand in a unique position to connect our clients with highly skilled ans specialised professionals.

Outsourcing and Remote Work: The Growing Significance of Communication Skills

Technology changes, remote working and outsourcing of parts of the project life cycle have all changed how we communicate and work. The constant stream of video conferences, instant messages, social media updates, and seemingly endless emails has put our communication skills to the test like never before.

This shifting communication has a direct impact on the world of contracting, calling for a new breed of professionals who bring more than just technical know-how to the table. The tasks that were once purely technical have now evolved to incorporate broader responsibilities, such as communication, collaboration, and project management.

Now, contractors with robust communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence have become invaluable assets. Their ability to empathise, adapt, and convey complex ideas with clarity within an outsourced or remote project team ensures that projects not only stay on track but also meet deadlines and maintain a high standard of quality.


What does this mean for clients and how can LSC support?

This shift benefits clients significantly, leading to improved project outcomes, fewer misunderstandings, and overall higher satisfaction levels. So, as the world of contracting continues to evolve, it’s these skilled and empathetic professionals who are making all the difference.

At LSC we are dedicated to equipping our contractors with the essential communication skills needed to excel in this evolving landscape. Through comprehensive soft skills training, we empower our consultants to navigate the intricacies of effective communication, emotional intelligence, and collaborative teamwork. Our commitment is to not only match our clients with the technical expertise they require but also to provide them with contractors who bring the crucial human touch to their projects.


Shorter Projects

Another trend that has emerged is projects become shorter. Parallel activities and shrinking timelines mean that project delivery is now becoming increasingly intricate. With tight turnaround times, project managers are keen to mitigate risks on the project by working with contractors that they know can deliver. It’s common for project teams to move from one project to the next, and naturally, individual project managers prefer collaborating with people they know and trust. This preference is becoming even more crucial as project deadlines continue to tighten.

In today’s market, securing your next contract hinges on what you’re doing today. It’s not just about your technical expertise and attention to detail; it’s also about how well you collaborate and interact with others. In other words, your relationships on a project are the route to the next project.


What does this mean for clients and how can LSC support?

At LSC, our goal is to provide our clients with highly skilled professionals who can not only drive projects forward but also leverage their industry networks and collaboration skills. We go beyond just securing contracts for our consultants, we are committed to their long-term success in the industry. Through our Consultant Success Programme, we engage in a close partnership with our consultants, providing them with comprehensive support, nurturing their professional growth, and assisting them in the cultivation and maintenance of essential relationships that are pivotal to their long-term success in the industry.


The Commoditisation of Talent

A final trend that we are witnessing is the commoditisation of talent. This phenomenon is particularly evident through the implementation of global contingent worker programs, which are designed to streamline resourcing and reduce costs. These programs, while ostensibly designed to streamline resourcing and reduce costs, often prioritise financial efficiency over the unique skills and qualities of individual professionals. In this cost-focused approach, the intrinsic value of a contractor’s skills can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Consequently, the quest for the right people with the right skill set has become increasingly challenging.


What does this mean for our clients and how can LSC support?

With an extensive network of seasoned professionals and robust industry connections, we serve as the cornerstone for clients who demand ready access to the right skill sets. Our personalised approach to project resourcing sets us apart, placing a keen focus on partnership. In a market characterised by a scarcity of specialised talent, LSC is dedicated to attracting and retaining world-class professionals, ensuring that our clients have the expertise they need to thrive in this dynamic landscape.

As we reflect on our journey, it’s clear that the landscape has evolved significantly. As we look forward to the next 20 years and beyond, LSC remains dedicated to delivering excellence in the Life Sciences industry adapting to the evolving trends, and continuing to be a trusted partner for our clients and contractors.

If you’d like to find out how we can help and support you with your project resourcing requirements, get in touch with us