This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration at Northeastern University and Wave Life Sciences is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting.
Wave Life Sciences is a clinical-stage genetic medicines company committed to delivering life-changing treatments for people battling devastating diseases. Using PRISM, our proprietary discovery and drug development platform that enables the precise design, optimization and production of novel stereopure oligonucleotides, we aspire to develop best in class medicines across multiple therapeutic modalities. Our goal is to develop and commercialize disease-modifying medicines for genetically defined diseases with a high degree of unmet medical need. Our initial focus for our clinical development programs is in neurology. We are conducting clinical trials of our lead program in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (“DMD”) targeting exon 51 and our two lead programs in Huntington’s disease (“HD”). We are advancing three additional development programs, targeting exon 53 in DMD and C9ORF72 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia.
The goal of the two-year fellowship is to gain a thorough understanding of medical affairs to provide the fellow with skills and experience needed for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Work with the Medical Affairs team, including, but not limited to: Medical Communications and Publications Leads, Medical Science Liaisons, Medical Directors, HEOR, and other relevant team members.
Execute strategic scientific publication plans in alignment with Medical Affairs objectives
Collaborate with medical communications leads to develop publications including abstracts, posters, and manuscripts with internal authors and external thought leaders according to corporate standards and industry regulations
Coordinate congress planning and activities, including medical booths, symposia, and gathering of medical insights on competitor landscape and disease state at scientific meetings.
Facilitate KOL engagements in educational forums and advisory boards to support scientific knowledge exchange
Review and provide constructive feedback on medical education and training documents
Learn to develop a global medical affairs plan and an integrated medical communications plan in collaboration with the leads
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
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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