Trends by Function: Innovation and R&D

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key innovation and R&D trends for 2022.

Innovation and R&D leaders today are tasked with accelerating technology adoption, developing revolutionary products, and building new digital routes to customers—all while navigating regulatory hurdles and remaining mindful of economic and cybersecurity risks. Independent talent deliver the strategic insights, hands-on project management, and cutting-edge skills needed to achieve their companies’ greatest ambitions.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Innovation and R&D

2022 Innovation and R&D Trends - Independent Talent Project Categories pie chart

82% Strategy
11% Operations
6% Interim Leadership
1% Operations

 

IN-DEMAND PROJECTS FOR INNOVATION AND R&D

Innovation and R&D

Product Strategy and Launch

Marketing and Sales

Business Processes

Opportunity Assessment

IN-DEMAND SKILLS FOR INNOVATION AND R&D

Project Management

Clinical Operations

Regulatory Strategy, Process, and Submissions

Market Landscape and Research

Strategic Planning

Innovation Strategy

SAMPLE PROJECTS REQUESTED BY INNOVATION AND R&D

  • Stand up a new department responsible for commercial assessments of technology related to real world evidence (RWE), commercial analytics, data science, and digital health
  • Lead the stage gate process of end-to-end commercialization of a new product
  • Help develop detailed cross-functional development plans as part of the drug discovery research team
  • Support phase III study design and protocol design and train and onboard new team members for phase III clinical development initiatives

 

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