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 Medical Affairs
Pharmacy Postdoctoral Fellow – Global Medical Affairs Post-Doctoral PharmD Fellowship with Vertex Pharmaceuticals & Northeastern University (2 Years)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 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.
Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be partnering to offer a two-year Doctor of Pharmacy Medical Affairs fellowship program at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston, MA starting July 2020 through 2022. During the program, fellows will work collaboratively and cross-functionally within Vertex's Global Medical Affairs (GMA) group across multiple teams. The fellows will also have the opportunity to rotate to an elective of their choice.
Core Rotation: Global Medical Information Primary Objectives
Utilize clinical expertise to develop timely, accurate, and scientifically balanced responses to unsolicited medical information inquiries
Develop standard and custom medical response documents and FAQs for Vertex marketed and investigational products and relevant disease related topics.
Provide guidance and direction for handling inquiries received by the Medical Information Call Center (MIC)
Review medical inquiries, adverse events, and product complaints received by the MIC to ensure quality, accuracy and to identify inquiry trends
Participate in or lead various department projects and assist in the development of departmental procedural guidelines and standard operating procedures
Core Rotation: Global Medical Communications Primary Objectives
Gain in-depth knowledge of disease epidemiology, current and future products, and competitor information
Develop medical communications materials, including slide decks, training memos, and medical guidance documents for field team use
Lead the development of peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts to scientific conferences
Understand development and execution of strategic publications plan and ensure compliance with Good Publications Practices (GPP)
Represent Global Medical Affairs in cross-functional disease and brand medical teams
Work collaboratively across matrix teams to prepare for regional and international conferences
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship
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.
Internal Number: 502008
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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