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Alexion Biopharmaceutical Fellowships

About Alexion

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on transforming the lives of people affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions. Our passion drives us to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all that we do. In doing so, we change lives for the better – ours, people living with rare diseases, and the communities that we serve.

Alexion has over 3,000 passionate and dedicated employees serving patients in more than 50 countries around the world. We invest in and value people who believe in the importance of our purpose and understand what it takes to deliver on it. Our culture is rooted in integrity, inclusiveness, and our dedication to joining and supporting the communities in which we live and work.

Today, our internal research efforts focus on leveraging our 25+ years of leadership in rare diseases. This knowledge allows us to innovate and evolve into new areas where there is a great unmet need and opportunity to help patients and families fully live their best lives. Our development efforts focus on the core therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, neurology, metabolic, and cardiology. We are working to expand into new complement indications and strengthen our clinical-stage pipeline through internal and external development opportunities in our core areas.

Every day, people living with rare diseases, their caregivers, and families face fears of the unknown with courage, tenacity, and grace that inspire us to continue to strive to do everything we can to transform their lives. People living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star; we believe it is our responsibility to listen to, understand, and change the lives of patients and those who work tirelessly to help them. Please visit our company website for more information.

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:

  • 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 health-care 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 solid foundation in Medical Information by addressing unsolicited requests, assisting in development of standard response letters and frequently asked questions
  • Assist with the development of scientific publications including abstracts, congress presentations, and manuscripts
  • Provide insightful medical/scientific input to brand campaigns and launches
  • 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 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 provides the fellow with 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. 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 potentially 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.