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Genzyme / Sanofi Biopharmaceutical Fellowships
These two-year Post-PharmD Industry Fellowships are intended to provide a comprehensive experience for Doctor of Pharmacy graduates within the biopharmaceutical industry. Currently, ten programs across seven specialties are offered:
- Clinical Documentation
- Global Commercial Strategy (Rare Diseases)
- Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology
- Medical Affairs (Multiple Sclerosis, Rare Diseases, Oncology)
- Medical Affairs / MSL (Multiple Sclerosis, Rare Diseases)
- Regulatory Affairs
- US Payer Access (Multiple Sclerosis)
Please see our brochure for additional details and feel free to review the content below.
The fellowship will provide a competitive stipend and benefits package, including comprehensive health insurance. In addition, the fellowship will offer an allowance for travel to conferences in pharmacy and other specialty areas. The fellow may qualify for student loan deferment, allowing for the postponement of loan payments until the completion of the fellowship program. The lender of the student loan(s) will be able to provide specific information regarding eligibility and terms of deferment.
Certificate of Completion
MCPHS University and Genzyme, a Sanofi company will award a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the fellowship program.
The goal of this two-year Clinical Documentation fellowship is to gain broad insight into the drug development process, knowledge of clinical regulatory documents, and hands-on experience in regulatory medical writing. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Work with cross-functional clinical development teams in the Sanofi organization to produce quality regulatory documents.
- Participate in the preparation of clinical regulatory documents using standardized templates and other technology.
- Compile contributions from authors and manage the document review, revision, and approval processes.
- Conduct technical review of documents and consolidate comments from document review cycles, discuss document drafts, and assist the product submission team.
- Participate in strategic planning and message development.
Global Commercial Strategy – Rare Diseases
The goal of this two-year Global Commercial Strategy fellowship in Rare Diseases is to achieve a thorough understanding of marketing and commercial strategies within the Rare Diseases Business Unit, while working cross-functionally in a rotation-based experience. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Contribute to the development and on-going refinement of brand strategies designed to encompass the needs of the Global Rare Disease community.
- Collaborate on the development of key promotional and disease-awareness materials to support strategic priorities globally.
- Identify data gaps and develop appropriate solutions via the coordination of global market research activities.
- Assist in providing commercial assessments for new and existing programs within the Rare Diseases space.
- Gain insight into the integral and strategic roles of various functions within the Rare Diseases Business Unit throughout a product’s lifecycle.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Competitive Intelligence, Market Research, Global Marketing, Business Development, and Global Commercial Strategy. Potential elective rotations include: Field Sales, Medical Affairs, Patient Advocacy, Integrated Solutions, New Products Planning, Commercial Operations, and Patient Outcomes & Medical Economics.
Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology
The goal of this two-year Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology fellowship is to provide the fellow with training and experiences in global pharmacovigilance that will prepare them for a challenging and rewarding career in the pharmaceutical industry. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
Understand the mission of a pharmacovigilance department and the role of Global Pharmacovigilance & Epidemiology (GPE) in clinical development and product lifecycle management.
- Become knowledgeable in current global pharmacovigilance regulations and guidelines, including US and European regulations.
- Develop the ability to think strategically with a global pharmacovigilance and regulatory perspective.
- Enhance his or her ability to critically evaluate, interpret, synthesize, and present safety data in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication.
- Expand his or her medical knowledge of products within various therapeutic areas.
Global Medical Affairs – Rare Diseases
The goal of this two-year Global Medical Affairs – Rare Diseases fellowship is to gain a thorough understanding of rare genetic conditions, approved treatments, and products in development while working cross-functionally as an integral member of the Global Medical Affairs team in a rotation-based experience. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Attend medical/scientific meetings to ensure an in-depth understanding of cutting edge information that will help shape our publication and Investigator Sponsored Study strategies.
- Work with the Medical Affairs team, including, but not limited to: Medical Communications Leads, Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs), Medical Directors, Medical Writers, and other relevant team members on the development and approval of core clinical material.
- Serve as a core member of the Medical Affairs team to ensure that our activities and initiatives are aligned with those of the commercial functions in a way that achieves our collective goals while being in compliance with corporate and regulatory policies.
- Identify, establish, and maintain collaborative relationships with key investigators and institutions that are strategic to product development and will increase the company’s visibility with industry leaders, while providing an avenue for clinical research that is consistent with the company’s objectives.
- Review and provide constructive feedback on various medical educational and training documents.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Medical Education, Strategic Planning & Operations, Medical Communications & Publications, Commercial / Marketing, and Clinical Development. Potential elective rotations include: Medical Science Liaison, Market Access / Patient Advocacy, Competitive Intelligence, and Health Economics & Outcomes Research.
Global Medical Affairs – Oncology (Global / North America)
The goal of this two-year Medical Affairs – Oncology fellowship is to gain an appreciation and understanding of the role of Medical Affairs within a leading BioPharma business, through broad hands‑on experiences, dedicated mentorship, and longitudinal core responsibilities.
Serve as a core member of the Medical Affairs team and assist with the development and approval of integrated medical plans, scientific communications, and medical education programs.
- Identify, establish, and maintain collaborative relationships within the industry.
- Develop and execute on strategic publication plans, collaborating with key internal and external stakeholders and medical communications agencies providing writing, editorial and/or project management support in accordance with policies and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines.
- Understand the integral and strategic roles of various functional groups within Oncology and across Sanofi Genzyme through a product’s lifecycle.
- Work cross‑functionally to ensure that activities and initiatives are strategically aligned and maintain the highest standards of compliance in accordance with corporate policies and all regulations.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Medical Strategy, Investigator Sponsored Trials, Strategic Planning & Operations, Scientific Communications, and Publications. Potential elective rotations include: Commercial / Marketing, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Medical Science Liaison, Competitive Intelligence, and Market Access / Patient Advocacy.
Medical Affairs – Multiple Sclerosis
The goal of this two-year Medical Affairs – Multiple Sclerosis fellowship is to gain the working skills utilized in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Medical Affairs and affiliated functions. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Be an integral part of the MS Medical Director team in developing and executing medical brand strategies and tactics within the framework of the business unit.
- Help to develop publication strategies of key scientific and/or commercial value through partnership with the Medical Publication and Communication teams.
- Work closely with Headquarters Medical Affairs and the rest of the Medical Affairs Team to communicate up to date scientific/medical information; attend scientific and medical congresses to better understand Medical Affairs’ role at these events.
- Help to develop scientific and medical materials used throughout Medical Affairs and the MS Business Unit.
- Obtain understanding of the Medical Affairs collaboration with the Marketing, Pharmacovigilance, Legal/Regulatory, Clinical Development, and Patient Outcomes & Health Economics teams.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Headquarters Medical Affairs, Medical Science Liaison Team, Medical Publications / Communications, and Medical Information. Potential elective rotations include: Marketing, Pharmacovigilance, Legal / Regulatory, Clinical Development, and Patient Outcomes & Health Economics.
Medical Affairs / MSL – Multiple Sclerosis
The goal of this two-year Medical Affairs/MSL – Multiple Sclerosis fellowship is to gain experience in a variety of key functions, within both Medical Affairs and additional cross‑functional areas, with a longitudinal focus on the field medical role. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Identify, establish, and maintain collaborative scientific partnerships with key stakeholders, including individuals and institutions strategic to patient management, education, and research in the multiple sclerosis (MS) area.
- Increase the company’s visibility with current and future industry leaders and provide a venue for knowledge exchange and clinical research that is consistent with company objectives.
- Work with the Medical Affairs teams, including Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs), to help shape medical communication strategy and development/approval of core medical material.
- Attend medical/scientific meetings to ensure an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge information.
- Serve as a core member of the Medical Affairs team to ensure that activities and initiatives are aligned with commercial functions in a way that achieves our collective goals and respects/maintains compliance with corporate policies and regulatory requirements.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Medical Science Liaison, Medical Information Services, Medical Publications, and Scientific Communications. Potential elective rotations include: Competitive / Market Intelligence, New Product Planning, Medical Managed Care, and Health Economics & Outcomes Research.
Medical Affairs / MSL – Rare Diseases
The goal of this two-year Medical Affairs/MSL – Rare Diseases fellowship is to gain a thorough understanding of rare conditions and their treatments while working cross‑functionally as an integral member of the US Medical Affairs team in a rotation-based experience. This unique opportunity will prepare the candidate for a field-based Medical Science Liaison (MSL) position. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Prepare for the role of a field-based MSL within Medical Affairs (i.e. complete written and oral MSL certifications).
- Under the supervision of the MSL, give disease/treatment presentations and provide key messages to communicate to stakeholders.
- Work with the MSL Disease Expert Teams on the development of core clinical material and lead external vendors to finalization of such projects.
- Attend medical/scientific meetings to ensure an in-depth understanding of cutting-edge information that will help shape publication & Investigator Sponsored Study strategies.
- Lead various projects within Medical Affairs and establish a collaborative relationship with internal and external colleagues.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotation includes: Medical Science Liaison Organization. Potential elective rotations include: Medical Communications / Publications, Market Access, Competitive Intelligence, Patient Advocacy, and Commercial / Marketing.
The goal of this two-year Regulatory Affairs fellowship is to gain hands-on experience across a number of specialties within the Global Regulatory Affairs department and to develop a well-rounded understanding of the regulatory functions and the drug development process from early stage to post-marketing. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
Develop regulatory strategic skills while contributing to global pre– and post-approval planning and submissions.
- Gain experience in the review and approval of promotional materials, including effective feedback skills.
- Partner with Medical, Legal, Marketing, and others in delivering products for diseases globally.
- Gain an understanding of country/region-specific regulatory processes.
- Develop strong communication and project management skills.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Drug/Biologic Product Strategy, Advertising & Promotion, Biosurgery/Medical Devices, and Chemistry, Manufacturing, & Controls (CMC).
US Payer Access - Multiple Sclerosis
The goal of this two-year US Payer Access fellowship is to gain advanced experience in US payer access and the evolving payer models, including PBMs, HMOs, Medicare, Medicaid, and at risk physician groups. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Work closely with Medical Managed Care Directors (MMCDs) in establishing and fostering ongoing professional relationships with key managed market decision/policy makers to provide comprehensive medical education and health outcomes solutions.
- Support MMCDs during customer engagements in the field and provide insights to internal medical teams on key evidence gaps relevant to specific accounts.
- Train and support cross‑functional colleagues on health economic data communication and identify potential cross‑functional collaborations between the MMCD and Medical Science Liaison teams.
- Identify and facilitate health outcomes research or educational opportunities when appropriate, and contribute to the design and execution of Patient Outcomes and Medical Economics (POME) strategy.
- Gain an understanding of the various payer models and translating clinical and health economic messaging to deliver a targeted value proposition to a specific customer.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Medical managed Care (HQ & Field), Patient Outcomes and Medical Economics, Healthcare Policy, and Commercial Payer Marketing & Account Executives. Potential elective rotations include: Medical Science Liaison and Medical Communications & Publications.
The Genzyme fellow will be selected on a nationally competitive basis, with interviews at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting.
- Applicants must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy at the commencement of the program.
- Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills and a strong interest in pursuing a career within the biopharmaceutical industry.
- All candidates must have authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the two‑year fellowship. No visa sponsorship will be provided.
Participation in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is strongly encouraged. Candidates are encouraged to request a preliminary interview at the ASHP midyear meeting through the PPS website.
Interested individuals must apply on-line at the MCPHS job site once positions are posted between November and January. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and names and contact information of 3 references. In addition, final candidates will be required to submit a letter of intent and 3 letters of recommendations.
For more information, please contact the Fellowship Program Directors:
Mary Beth Clarke, MS and Dan Manning, PharmD
Genzyme, a Sanofi company