Northeastern University’s Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program is a two-year fellowship designed to advance the education and training of Pharm.D. graduates in various areas of industry pharmacy including regulatory affairs, medical information/affairs, patient safety, outcomes research, and many other areas. The program is a collaboration between Northeastern University and biopharmaceutical industry partners.
Our 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
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary
Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
In partnership with Northeastern University, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) is offering a two-year North America Commercial PharmD fellowship based in Boston, MA.
We are not accepting PPS interview requests. Applicants must apply through our career portal to be considered for this position. Apply today using the link at the end of this posting!
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. The company has multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) — a rare, life-threatening genetic disease — and has several ongoing clinical and research programs in CF. Beyond CF, Vertex has a robust clinical pipeline of investigational small molecule, mRNA, cell and genetic therapies (including gene editing) in other serious diseases where it has deep insight into causal human biology, including sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia, APOL1-mediated kidney disease, acute and neuropathic pain, type 1 diabetes and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex's global headquarters is now located in Boston's Innovation District and its international headquarters is in London. Additionally, the company has research and development sites and commercial offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry's top places to work, including 13 consecutive years on Science magazine's Top Employers list and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. For company updates and to learn more about Vertex's history of innovation, visit www.vrtx.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
Position Description and Responsibilities:
The North America Commercial (“NAC”) department is responsible for the execution of the commercial strategy across North America. This includes leading patient access and reimbursement for current and future therapies, establishing the product strategy for new products and marketed brands, and ongoing support for both patients and caregivers.
The fellow will engage in a 2 year role on the commercial team to better understand the role of commercial in a pharmaceutical organization. Each fellow will be assigned to a specific team within the NAC department (US Market Access, US Marketing or Guidance & Patient Support) with the opportunity to rotate across teams during their second year.
US Market Access (USMA)
The US Market Access position will provide an opportunity to learn multiple disease areas and products across Vertex’s commercial and pipeline medicines. This fellowship will help prepare for launches and post-approval pull-though by partnering with the multi-functional USMA team including access strategy, trade and distribution, pricing and contracting and 3 field teams, as well as critical cross-functional partners including US Public Affairs, HEOR, Commercial Manufacturing and Supply chain and Brand Marketing teams.
Learn the responsibilities of the US Market Access team, including how it interacts with both internal and external stakeholders
Lead strategic/tactical projects to support the rapid scaling of the team and launch readiness across potential disease areas such as Cystic Fibrosis, Acute Pain, Type 1 Diabetes and APOL-1 Mediated Kidney Disease
Support go-to market access and distribution strategy with payers, specialty pharmacies, distributors and wholesalers across the US and Canada
Identify and explore innovative partnership and market disruptors that may speed compliant access and distribution practices
Gain understanding of the highly regulated environment and compliance with federal and state regulations
The US Marketing position will be in support of US commercial and brand strategy development and tactical implementation and execution. This fellowship offers an opportunity to learn how drugs are commercialized and what the requirements are to succeed in a commercial corporate business.
This individual will develop an understanding of core marketing principles, commercial operations, and business processes. They will work cross-functionally both internally and within the field to develop a deep understanding of the patient treatment journey and key customer insights. They will learn and support ongoing marketing projects and lead new initiatives.
Gain understanding of the focus of the Marketing team and its role within the broader organization
Support the team in executing the strategy for the US Brands including collaboration with the team on creating promotional materials for the Sales team
Lead strategic and/or tactical projects that are ‘on strategy’ and help realize the goal of patients benefiting from Vertex medicines and to meet business objectives
Collaborate cross-functionally to build relationships with stakeholders and develop a deep understanding of the patient treatment journey and key customer insights
Support market research and insights to identify trends
Guidance & Patient Support (GPS)
The GPS position will support GPS’ access, engagement, and adherence goals for the patients on one of Vertex’s CF medicines. The GPS fellowship position offers an opportunity to learn how the GPS team supports patients who are prescribed our medicines to ensure they can access their therapy, have appropriate educational support and resources, and stay on track with their Vertex treatment plan.
Gain understanding of the focus of the GPS team, its core principles, operations and business processes, and its role within the broader Vertex commercial organization
Collaborate with Patient Support Team (PST) to help patients stay on track with their prescribed Vertex treatment and ensure each patient fully benefits from our support
Collaborate with PST to elevate and deepen Healthcare Provider (HCP) relationships to enhance partnerships
Collaborate with GPS Operations Team to drive and improve simplicity and efficiency within program operations (Specialty Pharmacy, Quality and Compliance, Access and Reimbursement, and Systems) to best support the PST and patients
Collaborate with GPS Patient Experience Team (PXT) in driving patient-centric communications that deliver adherence and access support and promote long-term patient engagement; as well as driving patient-focused analyses
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.
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31, 2023
Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
Cover letter, uploaded
Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by November 29th , 2023. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam, GSK).
Address cover letter and three LORs to:
J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships Program offers a variety of two-year post-PharmD research fellowships. We aim to provide fellows with a dynamic environment to develop industry and academic skills to be leaders in their fields.
With the rich biopharmaceutical landscape of Greater Boston as a backdrop, our programs offer the fellow an opportunity to work with innovative industry partners in a variety of specialty areas while partnering with Northeastern University faculty in the areas of research, scholarship, and teaching.