UCB, in collaboration with the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO), offers two-year fellowship programs for PharmD graduates with the opportunity to learn and gain experience within the biopharmaceutical industry under the mentorship of experienced preceptors:
Global Patient Safety
Global Regulatory Affairs
Global Clinical Sciences & Operations
The fellowships at UCB offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment that is patient-focused, creative, flexible, and agile, with an exciting and promising pipeline.
The Patient Safety Fellowship at UCB provides Fellows with a broad and comprehensive experience into all aspects of Pharmacovigilance. Fellows have a unique opportunity to participate in and lead global initiatives that focus on ensuring the safety of patients and leveraging safety data to enable informed decision making that builds a robust foundation for an impactful career in Pharmacovigilance.
The fellowship is purposefully designed with rotations that enable the Fellows to have end-to-end experience across the various aspects or Pharmacovigilance. The Fellow will begin by establishing a fundamental understanding of how safety data is captured and processed and then be immersed in sub-functions of Patient Safety to gain working knowledge of how the safety data are assessed and utilized to support decision making around the benefit / risk balance of compounds. This includes working with a global Safety Lead to apply Pharmacovigilance principles to one or more compounds. Additionally, the Fellow will gain working experience on Medical Device Safety and Surveillance. The fellowship also includes built-in time for 2 elective rotations for the Fellows to gain broader exposure and further explore opportunities of their choice, including areas outside of Patient Safety.
Global Regulatory Affairs Fellowship
The Global Regulatory Affairs Fellowship provides Fellows with the depth and breadth of experience with all aspects of Regulatory Affairs to successfully position them for a career as a uniquely well-rounded Regulatory professional. During the rotations within the sub-functions of Regulatory Affairs, the Fellows are assigned to work with the Regulatory Science Lead for one or more compounds, including pipeline and marketed products, ensuring that the chosen projects offer the greatest learning opportunity and exposure to FDA and other global regulatory health authorities. Additionally, the longitudinal exposure to Regulatory Operations throughout the two-year fellowship provides the Fellows with a holistic view of submission and project management. Lastly, the Fellows have an opportunity for a three-month elective in a functional area of their choice, outside of Regulatory Affairs, to allow them to gain additional insights from the outside in.
Medical Affairs Fellowship
The Medical Affairs Fellowship - a new addition to the UCB Fellowship Program - focuses on opportunities to learn, experience and lead various activities involved within the dynamic functions within a Medical Affairs organization. Fellows will utilize their first year to learn how medical affairs strategies are implemented and executed within the umbrella of the overall product life cycle, interacting with various departments such as Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR)/Real World Evidence (RWE), and Clinical Development. The uniqueness of the UCB Medical Affairs Fellowship is that it allows for optional rotations in the second year to various roles within Medical Affairs such as Medical Information, Medical Communications and Field Medical Operations & Strategy. This flexibility in the second year of the program allows for Fellows to gain broad experiences that will develop them into a well-rounded Medical Affairs professional.
Global Clinical Sciences & Operations Fellowship
Global Clinical Sciences & Operations (GCSO) at UCB aspires to deliver UCB’s pipeline projects with top in the industry cycle times, strong patient focus, and innovative technologies. From efficient planning, to delivery of clinical trials of assigned products, to successful regulatory submissions for approval, GCSO is focused on the successful delivery of patient-preferred studies, thereby bringing value to our study participants and the global community.
The GCSO Fellowship will provide the Fellow with the unique opportunity to acquire in-depth end-to-end knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical trial operations. The 2-year Fellowship is designed to provide the Fellow with a variety of engaging rotational experiences to grow their knowledge and understanding of the many cross-functional teams required to execute highly rigorous clinical studies with high quality, within ambitious timelines, and ultimately providing value to our patients.
Want to Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about the UCB Fellowship Program, we will be conducting informational webinars on September 21from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST and October 8 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST which students can sign up for here:
Spetember 21 Session – Meet the Fellowship Program Directors and current Fellows and learn more about the program: Click here.
October 8 Session – Meet our current Fellows and learn more about the program from their perspective: Click here.
“The unique structure of the UCB Global Patient Safety Fellowship program builds deep knowledge, develops strong skills, and provides global and local exposure to patient safety and medical devices pharmacovigilance. The opportunities here are diverse and endless, with a strong support system to help navigate them. I am very pleased with my experience, and I strongly believe UCB is molding me to be the best in the field.” - Osamagbe (Osa) Woghiren
2nd Year Global Patient Safety Fellow
“The UCB Global Patient Safety Fellowship Program offers a great opportunity for a Fellow to get exposure to all of the fundamentals and obtain the skillset necessary to become a desired, best-in-class safety professional. UCB truly puts patients at the center of every decision, creating an excellent environment to think, learn, and grow professionally while also fostering a strong feeling of satisfaction in your work.”- Aleksey Gitelson
1st Year Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow
“The Global Regulatory Affairs Post-Doctoral Fellowship here at UCB will provide me with a solid foundation to prepare me for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. With the tools and skills gained through the GRA Fellowship’s rotational experience, I will be very knowledgeable in navigating the regulatory environment. As a first year, I’ve already gained exposure to numerous projects and have been genuinely incorporated into the team. Additionally, having the IPhO partnership has helped me to develop further as a professional.” - Kevin Darko
2nd Year Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow
“The UCB Global Regulatory Affairs program provides the most fascinating opportunities: UCB tailors the Fellowship curriculum to meet the fellow’s interests. The leadership team helps the Fellow engage in major projects by providing challenging and intellectually stimulating work in a supportive working environment in order to best foster the Fellow’s growth.”- Jessie Kim
1st Year Medical Affairs Fellow
“One of the most unique aspects of the UCB Medical Affairs Fellowship is its strong strategic focus. The wide range of experiences offered through the Fellowship will not only build an impressive technical skillset, but also an invaluable strategic acumen and network that will help the Fellow succeed in whichever therapeutic area they may choose to pursue post-Fellowship. Working at a truly science driven, patient centered company also allows the Fellow to see their meaningful contributions on the team, in turn, impact the landscape of disease states in need of better treatments.” -Kelly Cheung
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Global Clinical Sciences & Operations: Amber Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fellowship Alumni Reflections
"I can confidently say that my decision to join the UCB GRA PharmD Fellowship was one of the smartest decisions I made in my early career. The passion all UCB employees share in delivering life-changing medications to those that need them most is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and contributed to during my time at the organization. In addition, fellows in this program are given top-quality experiences to foster their accelerated growth. The benefit of the UCB fellowship is that while the fellow gains excellent depth of knowledge, they also gain an important breadth of experiences due to the rotational nature of the fellowship. I am extremely grateful for the mentorship gained through this fellowship and the lifelong connections I made throughout my two years in the program. I look forward to many more at UCB!" - Nicolas James, PharmD, MBA GRA Fellow 2020-2022, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs at UCB
"The UCB GRA PharmD Fellowship program has played an imperative role in my growth and development as a regulatory professional. The fellowship allowed me to propel my regulatory career forward in an expedited manner by providing me with a robust one of a kind experience to contribute to global drug development. The experiences offered to me as I matriculated through the program were catered to my desire to be a leader in the field of regulatory affairs and allowed me to gain a unique cross-functional perspective to understand the pharmaceutical industry at large. While developing my strategic regulatory capabilities, the fellowship also allowed me to refine my soft skills and tap into my emotional intelligence. Importantly, the fellowship program has pushed me to become a strategic, inquisitive and confident regulatory professional by continuously challenging me as I completed the program. I truly value the time spent as a fellow at UCB, forging strong relationships with my team and mentors while shaping my future success in the pharmaceutical industry.” – Howraa Alasker, GRA Fellow 2019-2021, Regulatory Scientist at UCB
“The UCB GRA Fellowship has developed my potential as an industry professional in a multitude of ways. Being given the opportunity to cater my experience to my interests, I was able to learn more than I had imagined. I was continually challenged while having a strong support system throughout my rotations. My experiences empowered me to ask “the right” questions, approach situations strategically, and appreciate the many cross-functional perspectives that are vital to drug development at large. While my technical and strategic skill sets were developed, I also had the opportunity of building genuine relationships with my colleagues and mentors. The confidence I have been able to build to this day would not have been possible without the foundational experience I obtained from the GRA fellowship.”– Tanya Chaudhri, GRA Fellow 2018-2020, Regulatory Affairs Manager at Horizon Therapeutics