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Alexion Biopharmaceutical Fellowships

About Alexion

Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease, is the group within AstraZeneca focused on rare diseases, created following the 2021 acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As a leader in rare diseases for nearly 30 years, Alexion is focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Alexion focuses its research efforts on novel molecules and targets in the complement cascade and its development efforts on hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic disorders, cardiology, ophthalmology, and acute care. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries.

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Alexion/MCPHS Fellowship Program

Alexion, in collaboration with MCPHS University, is pleased to offer three unique postdoctoral fellowship programs to expose qualified Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to the biopharmaceutical industry, and to enhance the role of pharmacists within this field. Each fellowship is two years in duration and will be based out of Alexion's headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts:

The fellowship programs are:

  • Global Drug Safety: 1 Position
  • Global Medical Communications/Global Medical Affairs: 3 Positions
  • Global Regulatory Affairs: 1 position

Please see our brochure for additional details.

Global Drug Safety (GDS) provides continuous and proactive assessment, management, and communication of patient risks associated with Alexion products. The department aims to optimize patient safety while complying with global regulatory requirements, supported by an agile organization, rigorous process management, and operational excellence.

The Alexion GDS Fellowship will provide the fellow with the opportunity to:

  • Develop the ability to think strategically and understand the role of Drug Safety in the lifecycle of products
  • Understand the benefit/risk balance of orphan drugs designed to treat devastating diseases
  • Realize a full understanding of clinical trial serious adverse event case management
  • Cultivate and utilize knowledge in international pharmacovigilance regulations and guidelines, to increase process effectiveness
  • Participate and engage in cross-functional team projects involving Commercial, Marketing, Medical Affairs, and Regulatory Affairs to disseminate Global Drug Safety messages
  • Utilize scientific knowledge and research skills to support safety surveillance and risk management decisions
  • Develop skills to communicate complex safety messages cross-functionally and influence decision making

The Global Medical Communications/Global Medical Affairs (GMC/GMA) functions are critical to communicating the company’s science. Key responsibilities include interpreting, contextualizing, and publishing emerging data, engaging in peer-to-peer scientific exchange, identifying clinical practice insights, and generating real-world evidence. Education on the safety and efficacy of medications to various recipients such as healthcare system decision-makers, healthcare professionals (HCPs), patients, and caregivers is vital to clinical decision-making.

The Alexion GMC/GMA fellowship allows each fellow to focus on a therapeutic area as determined by the interest of the fellow and the needs of the company. Fellows may have the opportunity to:

  • Heighten and strengthen strategic and analytical thinking
  • Develop essential project management and project planning skills
  • Improve written and verbal communication including presentation skills
  • Build a strong foundation in Medical Information by addressing unsolicited requests, assisting in the development of standard response letters, and frequently asked questions
  • Develop skills as a Medical Reviewer by providing insightful and robust medical/scientific input to brand campaign and launch materials
  • Aid in the development of promotional, nonpromotional, and training materials in accordance with regulations
  • Assist with the development of scientific publications including abstracts, congress presentations, and manuscripts
  • Prepare for advisory boards and symposia in full compliance with scientific engagement standards and regulations
  • Partake in external engagement with key stakeholders (HCPs, patients, payers, and regulating bodies) to understand consumer needs

Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) is responsible for the design and execution of innovative and regulatory strategies that drive the advancement and approval of their products to serve patients. Through a partnership with external stakeholders, GRA colleagues make a positive contribution to the global regulatory environment and provide ongoing support of products that span the development cycle, with the highest degree of compliance.

The Alexion GRA fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with hands-on exposure to a multitude of specialties within GRA and across various products and therapeutic areas. The fellow will have the opportunity to build a broad, robust foundation as a regulatory professional while directly contributing to the development of Alexion’s products and the patients they serve. Throughout the program, the fellow will have the ability to tailor the program to their unique interests and overall professional development needs. This program will provide the fellow with the opportunity to:

  • Serve as the Regulatory representative at cross-functional meetings by providing helpful insight and contributing feedback and guidance on various documents and projects
  • Support and/or drive the planning, updating, development, review, approval, and submission of various documents critical to the success of Regulatory initiatives
  • Lead cross-functional teams through appropriate processes to comply with Regulatory driven commitments and represent Regulatory for US and global health authority interactions
  • Gain a solid understanding of the current Regulatory landscape, including relevant guidances, enforcement actions, and laws, rules, and/or regulations.