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Alexion Biopharmaceutical Fellowships

About Alexion

Alexion (NASDAQ: ALXN) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life‑changing therapies.

Since its founding in 1992, Alexion has given hope to people who had none and shined a light on those who felt isolated and alone. But we know that fighting rare diseases takes so much more than hope. It requires persistence, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of the highest levels of medical innovation. At Alexion, our goal is to deliver medical breakthroughs where none currently exist. We are driven because we know people's lives are at stake.

Alexion has 2,500 passionate and dedicated employees serving patients in 50 countries around the world.

Through the transformative power of our science, Alexion has delivered life-changing therapies to patients suffering from rare diseases. We have pioneered the complex field of complement biology and delivered solutions to challenges that once seemed impossible for patients with devastating complement-mediated and metabolic disorders.

Alexion’s ambition is to be the global leader in rare diseases. By leveraging our 20+ years of expertise in complement biology and our capabilities in hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders, we will bring additional life-changing therapies to patients and redefine what it means to live with a rare disease. Our legacy will be measured in the families we serve today and the generations that follow.

Alexion, in collaboration with MCPHS University, is pleased to offer two unique PharmD Fellowship Programs to expose qualified Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to the biopharmaceutical industry, and enhance and promote the role of pharmacists within this field. The two Fellowship Programs are:

  • Global Medical Information
  • Global Medical Affairs

These two-year fellowships offer an opportunity to gain extensive experience within global medical information and global medical affairs at a fast-paced, exciting, innovative, patient centric, global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-changing therapies for patients with devastating and rare diseases. Through the Alexion fellowship program, fellows will develop and strengthen core competencies that are key to a successful career within the biopharmaceutical industry. These competencies include strategic and analytical thinking as well as project planning to drive results. Attention to detail and the ability to influence others as well as strong communication and presentation skills are also refined throughout a 2-year fellowship at Alexion. In addition, the development of strong business acumen in combination with scientific expertise bolsters the fellow’s versatility and ability to succeed as a biopharmaceutical professional.

Fellows will get exposure to cross-functional teams including legal, regulatory, scientific communications, clinical development, field medical, pharmacovigilance, medical review, marketing, and other departments. Opportunities to attend medical congresses may also be presented during each fellowship. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to expand their professional network through interactions with highly skilled and experienced Alexion employees.

Both fellowships will be based out of Alexion’s Global Headquarters in Boston, MA.

Please see our brochure for additional details and feel free to review the content below.

Background: Health care practitioners, regulators, payers and other customers are demanding sophisticated clinical and health-outcomes data and analyses to support the approval, reimbursement and prescription of new medicines. We must reorient our thinking along the lines of value delivered, articulating value propositions that are appropriate and relevant to right customers, and proactively impact the environment from early stage gates and throughout the product’s lifecycle.

Program Overview: The primary responsibility of the Global Medical Affairs team is to develop the Global Medical Affairs strategic plan, namely evidence generation (phase IIIB/IV studies), scientific communications, and scientific engagement.

The Alexion Global Medical Affairs Fellowship will give the fellow the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to develop a Global Medical Affairs Plan (MAP) and an integrated evidence/scientific communication plan under the direction of the Global Medical Affairs Leader (GMAL).
  • Develop capabilities on how to implement designated elements of the MAP, such as preparation for advisory boards and symposia in full compliance with scientific engagement standards and regulations.
  • Provide insightful medical/scientific input to brand campaigns and launches.
  • Support the development of promotional, non-promotional, and training materials in accordance with codes/regulations.
  • Support excellence in external engagement with key stakeholders (HCPs, patients, payers, and regulators) to gain a deep understanding of customer needs.
  • Learn how to identify data gaps and design appropriate studies to support those data gaps in partnership with commercial and development colleagues, including:
    – Supporting the Integrated Global Medical Affairs team
    – Reviewing Investigator Sponsored Research (ISR) proposals to assess their strategic value based on scientific merit and strategic need
    – Developing Alexion-sponsored research

The Alexion Global Medical Affairs Fellowship will provide the fellow the opportunity to further develop core medical competencies, namely:

  • Scientific and technical expertise;
  • Medical and value access;
  • Executional and operational excellence; and
  • Engagement skills (both verbal and written).

For more information, please email: PharmD.Fellowships@alexion.com

Background: The primary responsibility of the Alexion Global Medical Information (GMI) team is to respond to unsolicited requests for medical and clinical information about Alexion’s marketed products and products in development received from healthcare professionals, patients/consumers, and public/private payers. Additionally, the GMI team provides medical review and approval of promotional, educational and medical materials as part of the cross-functional medical, legal, regulatory review committees.

Program Overview: The Alexion Global Medical Information Fellowship will give the fellow the opportunity to learn:

  • The core function of global medical information:
    – Respond to unsolicited requests for information
    – Staff medical booths at medical congresses
    – Perform literature searches
    – Develop standard and custom responses
  • Laws, regulations, regulatory guidances governing the medical information function
  • Drug development, particularly the development of biologics in the orphan drug/rare disease space
  • Laws, regulations, and regulatory guidances governing marketing and promotion
  • Role and functions of different field-based teams (sales representatives, medical science liaisons, medical affairs managers, etc.)
  • Learn roles and functions of regulatory, legal, marketing, sales training, etc. by participating in cross-functional medical, legal, and regulatory review committee

The Alexion Global Medical Information Fellowship will provide the fellow the opportunity to further develop communications skills (both verbal and written), to develop project management skills, to increase understanding of drug development, and to learn about the rare diseases and therapeutic areas in which Alexion is focused on developing treatments. These areas include: hematology, nephrology, neurology, and metabolic disorders. Visit the research and development page at www.alexion.com to learn more about Alexion’s current pipeline.