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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, five programs across four specialties are offered:
- Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology
- Medical Affairs (Rare Diseases, Oncology)
- Medical Affairs / MSL (Multiple Sclerosis)
- Regulatory Affairs
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.
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 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 and scientific knowledge of products within various therapeutic areas.
Fellows will work across a variety of therapeutic areas including Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology, and Rare Diseases.
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 and their treatments 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 medical science liaisons (MSLs), on the development and approval of core clinical material (slide sets, etc.).
- 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 Genzyme's visibility with industry leaders, while providing a venue 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 Communications / Publications, Medical Education, Commercial / Marketing, Medical Science Liaison, Strategic Planning & Operations, and Clinical Development. Potential elective rotations include: Competitive Intelligence, Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Market Access, Patient Advocacy, and Investigator Sponsored Studies.
Global Medical Affairs - Oncology
The goal of this two-year Global Medical Affairs – Oncology fellowship is to gain experience in a variety of core functions within Global Medical Affairs through hands-on projects and longitudinal responsibilities. The primary objectives of this fellowship are:
- Serve as a core member of the Medical Affairs team and assist with the development and approval of core scientific material and medical education tools.
- Identify, establish, and maintain collaborative relationships with key investigators and institutions strategic to product development & to increase the company's visibility with current and future industry leaders.<
- Implement appropriate publication strategy; provide ideas for generating manuscripts of scientific interest and commercial value; write and review manuscripts and abstracts with appropriate clinical messaging.
- Gain insight into the integral and strategic roles of various groups within the Oncology Business Unit throughout a product's lifecycle.
- Work with the Medical Affairs team to ensure that activities and initiatives are aligned with those of the commercial functions in a way that achieves our collective goals and respects / maintains compliance with corporate policies and regulations.
This fellowship follows a rotational structure. Core rotations include: Medical Publications, Medical Education, Scientific Communications, Investigator Sponsored Trials, Stakeholder Relations, and Strategic Planning & Operations. Potential elective rotations include: Commercial / Marketing, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Medical Science Liaison, Competitive Intelligence, and Market Access / Patient Advocacy.
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 functions, within medical affairs as well as other departments, with a longitudinal focus on the field medical (MSL) 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 area..
- Increase Genzyme'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, to help shape medical communication strategy and development/approval of core medical material (slide sets, FAQ documents, medical information letters, etc.)..
- 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: Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Early Product Development/Commercialization, Brigham and Women's Hospital: Partners MS Center Clinical Pharmacy, and Pharmacovigilance.
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, and others in delivering products for rare 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, Regulatory Affairs - International, Biosurgery/Medical Devices, Regulatory Intelligence, and Chemistry, Manufacturing, & Controls (CMC).
- The Genzyme fellow will be selected on a nationally competitive basis.
- Applicants must hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE - accredited college of pharmacy at the commencement of the program.
- Candidates must have excellent written/verbal communication skills and a strong interest in pursuing a career within the biopharmaceutical industry.
Participation in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is strongly encouraged, but not required. 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 December and January. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references.
For more information, please contact the Fellowship Program Director:
Mary Beth Clarke, MS and Dan Manning, PharmD
Genzyme, a Sanofi company