Biogen, in collaboration with MCPHS University, offers four unique fellowship programs to promote the role of the Doctor of Pharmacy within the biopharmaceutical industry:

  • Regulatory Affairs/Safety and Benefit-Risk Management
  • Global Medical
  • Regulatory Affairs – Advertising, Labeling and Promotion
  • Medical and Value-Based Outcomes

Fellows will gain extensive experience through various practical activities in both industry and academia settings, which will enhance the potential for accelerated career development.

For more information, please contact specific programs at:

 

ABOUT MCPHS

MCPHS University (MCPHS) provides an academic environment to guide and support fellows toward a successful career in the biopharmaceutical industry. As a private institution with a history of specialization in health sciences, MCPHS offers programs that embody scholarship, professional service and community outreach.

Through MCPHS, the fellow will have the opportunity to gain teaching and research experience in an academic setting. MCPHS faculty and company program leaders mentor fellows according to their scholarly and professional interests throughout the two-year program.

As an adjunct assistant professor at MCPHS, the fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, coordinate and teach courses
  • Co-precept
  • Pharmacy students on advanced experiential rotations
  • Create and publish scholarly research and/or review articles
  • Present research at scientific and clinical meetings

Participate in professional development seminars with other fellows and residents from MCPHS affiliated programs

 

Directory

  • Regulatory Affairs/Safety and Benefit-Risk Management Fellowship
  • Global Medical Fellowship
  • Regulatory Affairs – Advertising, Labeling and Promotion Fellowship
  • Medical and Value-Based Outcomes Fellowship

REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND SAFETY AND BENEFIT-RISK MANAGEMENT

REGULATORY AFFAIRS

Regulatory Affairs is a well-integrated global department that provides worldwide strategic regulatory guidance and operational support for Biogen’s development and commercial programs. The fellow will acquire a better understanding of the dynamics of the drug development process throughout the life cycle of our products, from early development through approval and commercialization. During the rotation in Regulatory Development, the fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience in the different functional groups of the regulatory department.

  • Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls
  • Advertising, Labeling and Promotion
  • Operations
  • Global Labeling
  • Clinical Trial Applications
  • R&D Compliance

NADINE COHEN, PH.D.

Senior Vice President, Global Head


Regulatory Affairs and R&D Compliance

"Our program represents a unique opportunity to develop people in the rapidly evolving global regulatory environment impacting healthcare and public health policy."

SAFETY AND BENEFIT-RISK MANAGEMENT (SABR)

Biogen is responsible for the continuous assessment of the benefit-risk relationship of all of its products starting in the early stages of development and throughout the post-marketing phase. Members of the Safety and Benefit-Risk Management department are continuously working to gain a better understanding of the safety profile of marketed products as well as those in development in order to provide the medical community and patients with the necessary data to make an informed decision regarding disease management.

During the rotation in SABR, the fellow will have an opportunity to rotate through three general areas:

  • Global Case Management
  • Pharmacovigilance Scientists
  • Epidemiology

The fellow will have the opportunity to spend up to four months in another department within Biogen. Departments may include but are not limited to:

  • Clinical Drug Supply Chain
  • Global Clinical Operations
  • Global Commercial Strategy
  • Health Economics and Outcomes Research
  • Marketing

PRIYA SINGHAL, M.D., M.P.H.

Vice President, Global Head


Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

"In the innovative and ever-changing world of drug safety and risk management, we are committed to providing challenging experiences that build a depth of knowledge and foster the potential for accelerated professional development."

GLOBAL MEDICAL

Biogen’s Global Medical department has a mission to improve patient outcomes by bringing the best expertise to our customers and enabling our company to be the most-trusted company in MS. We do this by providing support to Research and Development and Global Commercial Operations, as well as being responsible for clinical development and research, medical publications, biostatistics, medical education and many other services. Global Medical is also responsible for providing healthcare professionals, regulatory agencies and professional groups the medical and scientific information they need to understand our company’s products.

During the first year of the fellowship program, the fellow will have the opportunity to explore the many different functional areas within Global Medical. If desired, the fellow will have the opportunity to select a rotation outside of Global Medical for greater experience and understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry. For the second year of the fellowship, the fellow will pick an area of concentration to prepare them for a career within the pharmaceutical industry. The area of concentration must be within Global Medical. Potential functional group rotations include:

  • Medical Communications
  • Medical Information & Congress
  • Medical Training
  • Medical Planning & Operations
  • Medical Writing
  • Medical Education and Grants
  • Medical Director’s Office
  • Medical Publications
  • Clinical Research
  • Medical and Value-Based Outcomes
  • Insights and Analytics

The fellow will have the opportunity to spend up to three months in another department within Biogen. Departments may include but are not limited to:*  

  • Global Marketing
  • Safety and Benefit-Risk Management
  • Regulatory – Development
  • Global Market Access

*All options subject to availability. Additional options may be available depending upon interest.

AMIT RAKHIT, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Global Medical

"The Global Medical Fellowship provides fellows the opportunity to expand their horizons; it challenges them to learn new concepts in the research, development and commercial areas and fosters growth of the leadership competencies needed for the dynamic biopharmaceutical landscape.”

REGULATORY AFFAIRS – ADVERTISING, LABELING & PROMOTION

Regulatory Affairs – Advertising, Labeling and Promotion (ALP) is one of the functional groups within the Regulatory Affairs organization that supports Biogen’s development and commercial programs.

The Regulatory Affairs – ALP team is responsible for providing Biogen with strategic, high quality, timely and decisive regulatory advice on advertising and promotional materials, communications, company activities in accordance with FDA regulations, company policies and business goals. In addition, this team is responsible for the creation, revision and maintenance of U.S. product labeling. The ALP group leads communications with regulatory agencies related to U.S. labeling, advertising and promotion.

This two-year Regulatory Affairs – ALP fellowship is designed to provide advanced hands-on experience and develops Regulatory – ALP professionals with comprehensive knowledge of advertising and labeling regulations and real-world applications to the development of product labels and the oversight of promotional material from the biopharmaceutical perspective.

Regulatory Affairs – ALP is an area in which skills cannot be obtained solely from a professional degree; instead, the necessary knowledge is extensively gained predominantly through on-the-job training and hands-on experience. Biogen recognizes this critical need for experienced Regulatory – ALP professionals and has partnered with the marketing department to offer a fellowship with opportunities to experience and learn the following:

  • The FDA regulations that govern advertising, labeling and promotion
  • How to accurately and effectively apply regulations and provide guidance
  • How promotional materials are developed through the commercial organization

The overall goal of the program is to prepare each fellow to be a successful Regulatory – ALP professional with a solid understanding of how FDA regulations are followed by the biopharmaceutical industry and enforced by the FDA. Upon completion of the fellowship, the experienced fellow will be well prepared to enter into an advanced career in Regulatory – ALP.

MEDICAL AND VALUE-BASED OUTCOMES

Biogen’s Medical and Value-Based Outcomes (MVBO) team establishes and fosters ongoing professional relationships with key managed market decision/policy makers to provide comprehensive medical education, collaborative research opportunities, and comparative effectiveness health outcomes solutions that seek to improve patient care within a cost-conscious and evolving healthcare environment.

During the first year of the fellowship, the fellow will obtain a working functional knowledge within the core groups with which MVBO partners. The fellow will also have an opportunity to choose a rotation outside of the core curriculum to enhance his or her experience and understanding of the biopharmaceutical industry.

The second year of the fellowship is dedicated to gaining an advanced experience within the MVBO team. The fellow will complete various research initiatives, present at congresses, partake in field rides with our Medical Outcomes Science Liaison team and consistently work to be a trusted partner within the team.

Elective Options

The fellow will have the opportunity to spend up to three months in another department within Biogen. Departments may include but are not limited to:

  • Health & Economics Outcomes Research
  • Value-Based Medicine
  • Pricing and Channel Distribution
  • Patient Services
  • U.S. Medical Director’s Office
  • Government Policy and Advocacy
  • Global Market Access
  • Global Medical

Current Fellows

GRACE GILL, PHARM.D.

Senior Fellow 2013–2015

Regulatory Affairs and Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

“The Regulatory Affairs/Drug Safety fellowship allows for a unique rotational experience for a PharmD in the biopharmaceutical industry. Working alongside experienced industry leaders on meaningful projects makes the fellowship highly valuable and exciting on a daily basis.”

LAUREN OLIVA, PHARM.D.

Senior Fellow 2013–2015

Regulatory Affairs and Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

“The fellowship offers a flexible yet guided transition into the biopharmaceutical industry. By collaborating with multidisciplinary teams on global projects, the fellows are challenged to be adaptable and to cultivate the professional skills needed to achieve their career aspirations.”

THERESA FOSTER, PHARM.D.

Junior Fellow 2014–2016

Regulatory Affairs and Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

“The fellowship program provides a platform both to engage with multiple aspects of the biopharmaceutical industry and to build valuable relationships with a variety of experienced professionals.”

MARTIN KWOK, PHARM.D.

Junior Fellow 2014–2016

Regulatory Affairs and Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

“This program offers fellows an unparalleled experience to learn from extremely motivated and experienced professionals and participate in high-visibility projects during a very exciting and innovative time in the biopharmaceutical industry.”

SHEILA KUNDU, PHARM.D.

Senior Fellow 2013–2015

Regulatory Affairs—Advertising, Labeling, & Promotion

“The fellowship program at Biogen is an ideal career-development platform to enter the biopharmaceutical industry. The great mentorship provided by directors and colleagues within a supportive environment promote professional growth through valuable experiences.”

VICTOR LAI, PHARM.D.

Junior Fellow, 2014–2016

Regulatory Affairs—Advertising, Labeling, & Promotion

“The fellowship program provides valuable regulatory experience that cannot be learned from didactic courses. By collaborating with multidisciplinary teams on high-level projects, the fellow will be able to grow professionally and gain the necessary skills to succeed in the biopharmaceutical industry.”

MANAS PRASAD, PHARM.D.

Senior Fellow 2013–2015

Global Medical

“The fellowship program delivers experiences that allow the fellow to develop professionally and build highly transferable skills essential to future success in the biopharmaceutical industry.”

KYLE TERPAK, PHARM.D.

Junior Fellow 2014–2016

Global Medical

“As an integral part of the global medical program within the burgeoning Biogen company, the fellow is immersed in its culture of ingenuity, passion and excellence, all of which contribute to a fellow’s intellectual and professional growth.”

Past Fellows

Fellow

Position Upon Completion

of Fellowship (Company)

Current Position (Company)

Hamdan Almas, Pharm.D.

University of California

San Francisco School of Pharmacy

(2007–2009)

Manager, Marketing

(Biogen)

Associate Director, Oncology Marketing

(GILEAD Sciences, Inc.)

Benjamin Exter, Pharm.D.

Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

(2007–2009)

Senior Associate II, Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

(Biogen)

Associate Director, PV Sciences; Medical Safety

(Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited)

Raymond Kim, Pharm.D.

University of California San Francisco

School of Pharmacy

(2008–2010)

Clinical Education Specialist

(King Pharmaceuticals)

Medical Science Liaison, Medical Affairs

(Crealta Pharmaceuticals)

James Scanlon, Pharm.D.

Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

(2008–2010)

Scientist I, Medical Communications

(Biogen)

Manager, Medical Publications

(Biogen)

Amy Gangadharan, Pharm.D.

Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

(2009–2011)

Senior Associate II, Safety and Benefit-Risk Management

(Biogen)

Senior Manager, Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance

(Pharmacyclics)

Stephanie Melillo, Pharm.D.

Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

(2009–2011)

Senior Associate II, Regulatory Affairs

(Biogen)

Manager, Regulatory Affairs

(Biogen)

Michael Murphy, Pharm.D.

Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

(2010–2012)

Manager, New Product Commercialization

(Biogen)

Senior Manager, New Product Commercialization

(Biogen)

Kimberly Price, Pharm.D.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Worcester

(2012–2014)

Manager, Medical Information

(ARIAD Pharmaceuticals)

Manager, Medical Information

(ARIAD Pharmaceuticals)

Richard Lem, Pharm.D.

Rutgers University

(2012–2014)

Senior Associate II, Regulatory Affairs

(Biogen)

Senior Associate II, Regulatory Affairs

(Biogen)

Jonathan Kendter, Pharm.D.

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

(2012–2014)

Manager, U.S. Medical and Values-Based Outcomes

(Biogen)

Manager, U.S. Medical and Values-Based Outcomes

(Biogen)

Fellowship Applications

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Attendance at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Meeting is highly encouraged due to the competitive nature of the fellow selection process; however, attendance is not required.
  • Qualified candidates who plan to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December may preschedule their meeting with us by contacting us via the CareerPharm PPS website.
  • Interested candidates should submit their application materials starting from November 15 through January 2.
  • Interested individuals are invited to electronically submit their letter of intent, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to the email address below:
  • Please submit an official transcript to the appropriate fellowship program according to the table below:

      

Fellowship Program

Regulatory Affairs, Safety & Benefit-Risk Management

Regulatory Affairs- Advertising, Labeling, and Promotion

Global Medical

MVBO

Mail official transcript to:

Stacie Knight

Regulatory Affairs

Biogen

14 Cambridge Center

Cambridge, MA 02142

RegSafetyFellowship@biogen.com

Carissa Ho, Pharm.D., M.S.

Regulatory Affairs-ALP

Biogen

133 Boston Post Road

Weston, MA 02493

RegALPFellowship@biogen.com

Heather Abourjaily, Pharm.D.

Global Medical

Biogen

14 Cambridge Center

Cambridge, MA 02142

GMAFellowship@biogen.com

Jon Kendter, Pharm.D.

U.S. Medical

Biogen

133 Boston Post Road

Weston, MA 02493

MVBOFellowship@biogen.com

FAQs

What is the timeline for the fellowship selection process?

  • Initial interviews for the fellowship are conducted at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.  Candidates should contact the program to schedule an interview by emailing the fellowship(s) program of interest. Please provide your contact information, a copy of your CV, and your Personnel Placement Service (PPS) mailbox number.
  • All candidates will need to register with (PPS) in order to interview.
  • Applicants may submit their application materials before or after the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. All application materials must be received by January 2; however, rolling applications will be accepted and reviewed prior to the due date. Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.
  • The selection process will be complete in late January.

Do I need previous industry experience in order to be considered for the fellowship program?

  • Previous industry experience is not required, but is beneficial.

Do I have to be a registered pharmacist to qualify for this fellowship?

  • No, but you must be a graduate of an accredited Pharm.D. program at the commencement of the fellowship.

Will I be able to defer my student loans?

  • Yes, provided that the student loan company accepts fellowship deferment. Candidates should contact their lender(s) for more information regarding eligibility and terms of deferment.

Can I apply for more than one fellowship at Biogen?

  • Yes. We welcome potential applicants to explore all of the opportunities available at Biogen.