Northeastern University

Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships

The School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University offers a variety of two-year post-PharmD research fellowships. With the rich biopharmaceutical landscape of greater Boston and Cambridge, MA as a backdrop, our programs offer the fellow the 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.  Enroll here to stay connected with Northeastern fellowship news.

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Fellowship partners

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Alkermes Northeastern Fellowship
Alnylam Northeastern Fellowship
Bluebirdbio Northeastern Fellowship
Blueprintmedicines Northeastern Fellowship
Chiasma Northeastern Fellowship
Deciphera Northeastern Fellowship
Flexion Northeastern Fellowship
GSK Northeastern Fellowship
IPSEN Northeastern Fellowship
SanofiGenzyme Northeastern Fellowship
Takeda Northeastern Fellowship
Verastem Northeastern Fellowship
Vertex Northeastern Fellowship
Wave Northeastern Fellowship

Specialty Areas

Clinical Development / Clinical Pharmacology

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alnylam
  • Vertex
Marketing / Commercial

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alnylam
  • Blueprint Medicines
Medical Affairs

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alkermes
  • Alnylam
  • bluebird bio
  • Blueprint Medicines
  • Deciphera
  • Flexion Therapeutics
  • GSK Oncology
  • Takeda
  • Verastem
  • Vertex
Medical Information

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alnylam
  • bluebird bio
  • GSK Oncology
Modeling & Simulation

Specialty area offered by:

  • Vertex

Specialty area offered by:

  • Verastem
Regulatory Affairs

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alnylam
  • Blueprint Medicines
  • GSK Oncology
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Verastem
  • Vertex
Scientific Communications

Specialty area offered by:

  • bluebird bio
  • GSK Oncology
Value and Evidence Strategy (VESt)

Specialty area offered by:

  • Alnylam

Application Process

All positions for the 2021-23 fellowship cycle have been filled. Please check this page in September 2021 for updated application information and positions for the 2022-24 cycle.

Northeastern Focus


Pursue graduate degrees or certificates in Regulatory Affairs, Business, Public Health, & more – at no cost.  Learn more.


Perform research with faculty and students. Present data at conferences. Publish your findings. Generate literature


Teach pharmacy students in various small and large group classes. Earn a teaching certificate of achievement


Boston has a lot of offer, both social and professional. We take advantage of it all

Stay Connected

Keep in touch with our fellowships throughout the recruitment cycle.


This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration with Northeastern University and Alkermes plc is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting. Alkermes has a diversified portfolio of commercially available medications and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders (e.g. addiction, schizophrenia) and oncology.

Alkermes Medical Affairs strives to educate healthcare communities and decision makers on the value of our products through the generation and dissemination of scientifically rigorous, accurate, and unbiased clinical, economic, and health outcomes information, with the goal of advancing healthcare. We accomplish this by partnering with internal Alkermes colleagues to catalyze science and knowledge and by serving as a bridge between Alkermes and the healthcare community.

For questions regarding the fellowship or application process, please email [email protected]


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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

In 2015, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals partnered with Northeastern University to offer a unique fellowship opportunity in the heart of Boston. The program set out to equip postdoctoral PharmDs with the skills necessary to develop the advanced medicines of the future, like RNAi. The goal was and remains the same: to cultivate the future leaders of biotechnology and allow fellows to pioneer new therapies for patients. Alnylam fellows are grounded in their core expertise area but utilize the fellowship’s flexibility to branch out and discover other opportunities throughout the organization with personalized rotations. Part of the backbone of the fellowship program is the Northeastern University teaching opportunities which allow fellows to share their knowledge in an educational setting. The Fellowship Program proudly offers 2-year positions in the following expertise areas: Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Value and Evidence Strategy/Health Economics and Outcomes Research (VESt/HEOR), Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Development, and Commercial.



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bluebird bio

At bluebird bio, we’re pioneering the uniquely promising world of gene therapy with a deep sense of purpose – with the goal that people will live their lives fully. To do it, we’re developing investigational gene therapies for severe genetic disease and cancer, while working to radically improve healthcare systems. Our ambition is to recode science, systems and the status quo – for life.
We are 1000+ employees with 4 locations across the US & Europe working towards 4 potential product approvals by 2022 and advancing a pipeline to tackle a range of severe diseases.
We pride ourselves on having a unique and caring culture that drives our success. A diverse flock of individual birds, we share common DNA that helps us build meaningful relationships with industry, patient & advocacy groups and the healthcare community.

bluebird bio offers a two year post-PharmD fellowship in Global Medical Affairs, with a concentration in Scientific Communications.


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Blueprint Medicines

Blueprint Medicines offers a 2-year Fellowship Program in collaboration with Northeastern University designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting. Blueprint Medicines is a global precision therapy company striving to improve human health. With a focus on genomically defined cancers, rare diseases and cancer immunotherapy, we combine our leading expertise in protein kinases with a uniquely targeted, scalable approach to empower the rapid design and development of transformational medicines.

Blueprint Medicines offers two year post-PharmD fellowship in Global Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Oncology and Rare Disease Marketing.



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Chiasma, Inc.

Chiasma, Inc. is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing oral therapies to improve the lives of patients who face challenges associated with their existing treatments for rare and serious chronic diseases. Employing its Transient Permeability Enhancer (TPE®) technology platform, Chiasma seeks to develop oral medications that are currently available only as injections. On June 26, 2020, Chiasma received FDA approval of MYCAPSSA for long-term maintenance therapy in acromegaly patients who have responded to and tolerated treatment with octreotide or lanreotide. MYCAPSSA, the first and only oral somatostatin analog approved by the FDA. Chiasma is headquartered in Needham, MA with a wholly owned Israeli subsidiary.

Chiasma offers a two year post-PharmD fellowship in Medical Affairs.


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Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is a commercial biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing important new medicines to improve the lives of people with cancer. We are leveraging our proprietary switch-control kinase inhibitor platform and deep expertise in kinase biology to develop a broad portfolio of innovative medicines. In addition to advancing multiple product candidates in clinical studies, QINLOCKTM is Deciphera’s first FDA-approved drug, a switch-control kinase inhibitor for the treatment of fourth-line gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). QINLOCKTM, an oral oncolytic, is also approved in Canada and Australia for the treatment of fourth-line GIST.

Our Science and Our Pipeline:
Deciphera is developing novel small molecule drug candidates to improve the lives of cancer patients by addressing key mechanisms of tumor and drug resistance that limit the effectiveness of many cancer therapies. Our pipeline of drug candidates is designed to stop cancers from growing and spreading by inhibiting mutant forms or over expression of a family of enzymes called kinase. Enabled by our proprietary kinase switch control inhibitor drug discovery platform, we have developed kinase switch control inhibitors that interact at a molecular level in a way that is distinct from other kinase inhibitors and are designed to generate higher and more durable rates of response.
We have developed a diverse pipeline of differentiated, wholly owned, orally administered, oncology drug candidates that includes, among others, our recently approved product, QINLOCKTM (ripretinib), a broad-spectrum KIT and PDGFRa kinase switch control inhibitor is approved for the treatment of fourth-line GIST. Our follow-on study of ripretinib, the INTRIGUE study, is a pivotal Phase 3 trial in second-line GIST. We also have two additional clinical-stage programs for drug candidates DCC-3014 and rebastinib, both immune-oncology (or immunokinase) inhibitors, targeting the kinases CSF1R and TIE2 respectively. Two research-stage programs are in the pipeline as well.

Deciphera offers a two year post-PharmD fellowship in Medical Affairs.



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Flexion Therapeutics

Flexion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, local therapies for the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, beginning with osteoarthritis (OA), a type of degenerative arthritis.
We embrace a philosophy of scientific entrepreneurship which spurs innovation and empowers and inspires our people to discover, develop and commercialize transformative therapies which can make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients.
The Flexion Medical Affairs team is dedicated to identifying, generating, communicating and gathering scientific knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions as trusted scientific colleagues and strategic business partners, ultimately improving the management of patients with these conditions.

Flexion offers a two year post-PharmD fellowship in Medical Affairs.


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GSK Oncology is committed to the discovery and development of new and potentially life-changing therapies for patients with cancer. Our vision is for people with cancer to not only to live, but to live well, because we are delivering innovative and transformational medicines. GSK’s approach to oncology is focused on innovation in the areas of immuno-oncology, cell therapy, cancer epigenetics, synthetic lethality.

GSK offers two year post-PharmD fellowships in U.S. Medical Affairs, Global Medical Information, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Global Scientific Communications.



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Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is launching a 2-year post-PharmD fellowship in U.S. Medical Affairs in collaboration with Northeastern University, School of Pharmacy.
Ipsen is a global, biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas – Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. Our presence in North America dates back to 1976, and now includes Ipsen’s third global hub right in the heart of the leading global biotech ecosystem in Cambridge, Mass., where a fully integrated biopharmaceutical team across External Innovation and Partnering, R&D, Manufacturing and Commercial operations collaborates. With Ipsen’s expansion of its footprint in Cambridge, and new North America headquarters in Kendall Square, the group is building a sustainable innovation engine within the biotech community.


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Sanofi Genzyme

Sanofi Genzyme is proud to partner with Northeastern University to offer fellowship positions in Medical Affairs and Regulatory Affairs. The first year, Fellows customize their experience with individualized elective rotations throughout various groups in the company, while remaining a vital member in their core expertise area. In the second year, Fellows focus on their primary function. Throughout the two years, Fellows also have responsibilities at Northeastern University, such as teaching PharmD students and participating in longitudinal research with faculty.


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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 230 years of distinguished history in Japan.
Takeda has presence in approximately 80 countries, with leading positions in Japan and the U.S., respectively the third and first largest pharmaceutical markets in the world. Takeda will deliver highly innovative medicines and transformative care for more people globally.

Takeda offers 2 year post-PharmD fellowships in Medical Affairs.



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Verastem Oncology

Verastem Oncology™ is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with cancer in ways that are truly meaningful to them. When it comes to combating cancer, we realize there are no “one size fits all” treatment approaches. We understand that every cancer lives in an intricate and complex micro-environment, creating significant unmet needs which must be addressed. It’s why we remain open to new ideas and selectively pursue science with the potential to make a significant impact for physicians, patients and their caregivers. Verastem Oncology™ has assembled a team of passionate leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry, bringing together their experiences of drug discovery, drug development and commercialization. With deep expertise, agility and purpose, we are identifying and advancing late-stage, first-in-class clinical assets to market.

Verastem Oncology™ offers 2-year post-Pharm.D. fellowships in Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and Safety & Pharmcovigilence in collaboration with Northeastern University, School of Pharmacy.


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Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases.

We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ approximately 2,500 people in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development.
Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry’s top places to work by Science Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and the San Diego Business Journal.

Vertex offers a variety of 2-year post-PharmD fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology, Global Medical Affairs, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Simulation Modeling in collaboration with Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy.



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Wave Life Sciences

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.


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