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 Regulatory Affairs
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.
Want to Learn More?
If you are interested in learning more about the UCB Fellowship Program, we will be conducting informational webinars on October 4 at 8 p.m. EST and October 18 at 8 p.m. EST which students can sign up for here:
“The UCB Patient Safety Fellowship Program offers a great opportunity for a fellow to get exposure to all of the fundamentals and obtain the skill set necessary to become a desired, best-in-class safety professional. In my short time with the company, I have been very pleased with how efficiently I have been integrated into several projects and how much support I receive from colleagues. 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
2nd Year Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow
“This program is extremely unique. Fellows will develop a strong baseline of regulatory strategic knowledge by rotating in various sectors of the field, all while becoming technical experts through leading and contributing to significant projects. In addition, fellows regularly meet with and are supported by some of the top leaders in the company - a rare trait compared to most programs.” - Nicolas James
1st 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
Medical Affairs Fellowship: Tae Oh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fellowship Alumni Reflections
"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