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Alexion Biopharmaceutical Fellowships

About Alexion

Alexion 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 postdoctoral fellowship programs to expose qualified Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to the biopharmaceutical industry, and enhance and promote the role of pharmacists within this field. Both fellowship programs are two years in duration and will be based out of Alexion's headquarters in Boston:

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

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.

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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 Global Drug Safety Fellowship will give the fellow 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
  • 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 Fellowship program is designed to provide hands-on experience generating and delivering scientifically accurate and clinically relevant information on Alexion’s products to healthcare professionals, third parties, patients and caregivers. Under the mentorship of expert senior leadership, fellows will develop and strengthen competencies in the three core functions of medical communications:

  • Global Medical Information
  • Global Medical Review of Promotional and Non-Promotional Materials
  • Scientific Communications

As fellows achieve competency in the medical communications functions and in their therapeutic area of focus, they will have opportunities to contribute to medical strategy via rotations under Alexion’s Medical Directors. Second year fellows will also have opportunities to rotate through multiple departments and functions throughout the company.