This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration at Northeastern University and Vertex Pharmaceuticals is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting.
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in cystic fibrosis (CF), Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other rare diseases.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ approximately 2,500 people in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development.
At Vertex, we have some of the industry's best and brightest people helping us achieve our mission of discovering transformative medicines to help people with serious diseases. We depend on a talented global workforce to lead the charge as we work toward developing tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. The broad background possessed by a Pharm.D. graduate is highly valued in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, and certainly here at Vertex.
Global Regulatory Affairs
Vertex is offering a two-year Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship in Global Regulatory Affairs at the corporate headquarters in Boston MA. The Pharm.D. fellow(s) will have an opportunity to gain specialized and in-depth training in three-distinct areas of Global Regulatory Affairs including Regulatory Strategy; Global Labeling; and Advertising and Promotion for a period of six-months. The remaining six-months of the program will be spent in the area of global regulatory affairs where the Pharm.D. fellow(s) can envision beginning their career journey.
The structured program will provide a cumulative set of skills that will help facilitate a smooth transition to a successful career after the fellowship.
North America Regulatory Strategy Primary Objectives
Manages, develops, and implements regulatory strategy in support of Vertex products and development programs
Support the planning, preparation and execution of high-quality regulatory submissions (e.g. IND/IND amendment, NDA/sNDA, DSUR, PSUR, CTA, and NDS/sNDS, etc.)
Ensure compliance of regulatory strategies and submissions with current regulations and guidance including title 21 CFR, FDA and ICH guidelines
Work in cross-functional team including clinical, statistics, medical affairs, commercial, and nonclinical groups to help operationalize regulatory strategy
Serves as regulatory contact for Regulatory Health Authorities
Support regulatory interactions with regulatory bodies including preparation of meeting requests and briefing documents
Global Labeling Primary Objectives
Gain in-depth knowledge of labeling regulations regarding Company Core Data Sheet (CCDS), US Package Insert (USPI), Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), Structured Product Labeling (SPL), or Instructions for Use (IFUs).
Support development of regulatory labeling strategy and lead team in negotiating and maintaining competitive labeling with Health Authorities globally
Author and maintain core labeling documents including the Target Labeling Profile (TLP)
Provide strategic guidance on labeling regulations, competitor labeling, and labeling trends and work with cross-functional team to ensure that the regulatory labeling strategy is aligned with the global regulatory strategy
Assist in preparation of responses to labeling-related queries from Health Authorities
Advertising and Promotions Primary Objectives
Conduct regulatory review of promotional and non-promotional materials in accordance with business goals and objectives, health authority regulations, ICH guidelines, PhRMA guidelines, company policies and established precedents and recommends revisions/actions that balance risks and opportunities.
Manage the review and approval of promotional and non-promotional materials in a cross-functional team that includes commercial, medical affairs, and legal
Responsible for timely and accurate review of all materials for submission to FDA, including Form FDA 2253
Serve as member of the promotional review committee to ensure regulatory compliance for all communications
Liaison with OPDP regarding advertising and promotion for assigned products
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships
The Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:
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 area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.
Please note that applications will only be accepted via Northeastern University's website.
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of December 1, 2019:
Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
Unofficial college transcripts, uploaded
Cover letter, uploaded
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
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
360 Huntington Ave
140 The Fenway, R218
Boston, MA 02115
2 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry 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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