This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration at Northeastern University and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting.
In 2015, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals partnered with Northeastern University to offer a unique fellowship opportunity in the heart of Boston. The program set out to equip postdoctoral PharmDs with the skills necessary to develop the advanced medicines of the future, like RNAi. The goal was and remains the same: to cultivate the future leaders of biotechnology and allow fellows to pioneer new therapies for patients. Alnylam fellows are grounded in their core expertise area but utilize the fellowship’s flexibility to branch out and discover other opportunities throughout the organization with personalized rotational experiences. Part of the backbone of the fellowship program is the Northeastern University teaching opportunities which allow fellows to share their knowledge in an educational setting.
Clinical Development is the cornerstone of data generation in delivering novel medicines to patients. The Clinical Development fellowship at Alnylam will engage the fellow in work that is a fusion of scientific knowledge and operations of trial management to support clinical trial excellence. The fellow will start the fellowship in Clinical Operations, then rotate through Clinical Research, and have the option to select other expertise areas depending on the interests of the fellow. The intent of this program is to train fellows in comprehensive clinical development activities to build a foundation for roles in as clinical drug developer.
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Applicants should submit the official application along with the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of December 1, 2019 through NUFellowship.com or apply here to be eligible for interviews. Do not request an interview through PPS.
Curriculum vitae (CV)
Unofficial college transcript(s)
Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by December 13, 2019. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam).
Address cover letter and three LORs to:
Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences 360 Huntington Ave 140 The Fenway, R218 Boston, MA 02115
Alnylam Clinical Development
Provide scientific, strategic, and operational support to help drive the clinical development teams towards achieving company pipeline goals and milestones.
Serve as clinical support for program teams for conduct of clinical studies at clinical trial sites globally.
Operational, technical, and scientific aspects of generating clinical development plans and clinical trial execution from startup through closeout.
Development of key study documents, including protocol concepts and protocols (Phase I-III, natural history), data capture tools such as case report forms, procedure manuals, study operation plans, informed consent forms, clinical study reports, and IND/NDA submission documents.
Engagement in ongoing medical data review, analysis, and reporting of clinical information in materials for sites, investigators, and other stakeholders.
Planning and execution of investigator meetings and congresses to provide key messages about clinical trial data. Collaborative management of study contract research organizations (CROs) and other key vendors.
Participate in the development of effective working relationships with key investigators to optimize scientific quality/innovation of clinical study design, execution, reporting, and publication.
Process evaluation to ensure that all studies are conducted with the highest level of ethical and safety standards and in compliance with ICH/GCP guidelines and all applicable regulatory policies.
Northeastern University School of Pharmacy
Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series
Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor
Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery
Network with local residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
The fellows will primarily work at Alnylam’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Northeastern University responsibilities will be carried out on the Northeastern Boston campus.
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts, excellent communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at Alnylam and Northeastern.
About Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Fellowships
The NORTHEASTERN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides fellows with dynamic biopharmaceutical industry experiences with the benefits of an academic environment. Over two-years, fellows work at one of the partner companies located in the greater Boston and Cambridge, MA areas and at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy.
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE: Comprehensive understanding of drug development and commercialization. Robust program personalization to advance the fellow’s career goals. Large and small group teaching; scholarly research with opportunities to publish. Opportunity to pursue graduate degrees in business, public health, regulatory affairs, and others. Network with leaders, entrepreneurs, and drug developers in the biotech capital of the world.
PARTNER COMPANIES & POSITIONS: Alkermes, Alnylam, Bluebird Bio, Blueprint Medicines, Flexion, Ipsen, GSK, Tetraphase, Vertex, Verastem Oncology.
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