Lorraine Fincham

Commercial Research Initiative Manager at NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre

Lorraine Fincham is the Commercial Research Initiative Manager for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). Lorraine has worked actively as an academic researcher for several London Universities, working on prostate and bowel cancer studies after finishing her degree in Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology. She moved to the NIHR Clinical Research Network in 2007, firstly working locally in the North West London Diabetes Research Network as a Primary Care specialist before moving to the NIHR CRN Coordinating Centre in 2010.

In her current role she works solely in the realm of commercial research and liaises with Pharmaceutical, Medtech and Biotech companies on a regular basis to improve collaborative relationships with the NIHR to deliver studies in the UK. She represents and attends the NIHR at national meetings with the Life Science industry. Her role also encompasses service improvements including the Biosimilar initiative. She liaises with the fifteen Industry Operations Managers within the Local Clinical Research Networks across England and with the Devolved Administrations for a UK wide service.


Title: Enabling an NHS research-ready workforce to embrace the biosimilars boom

  • Learn how the UK analysed, identified and addressed challenges of embracing the biosimilar boom in the NHS
  • Hear UK experiences of creating an educational resource for the research-ready workforce
  • Understand how a network approach was a crucial component of the solutions proposed