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Oct 14 2014: FILS event - Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, Market Access Careers 

October 6, 2014 
by Lauren Celano 

On Tuesday October 14th, 2014 from 5:30-8:00pm, we will hold the 7th event of the 2014 Futures in Life Science (FILS) series. This event will focus on life sciences career paths in Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access for individuals with graduate degrees. Panel members include Kathy Gram, Director Patient Advocacy, Millennium; Claus Becker, Head of Value and Access group, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals; Samuel Murphy, Vice President, IMS Health Capital, Inc., Senior Principal, IMS Consulting Group, Pricing and Market Access; Mohan Bala, Vice President, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Sanofi. Lauren Celano, MBA, CEO of Propel Careers will moderate the panel.

During this event, the panel members will share insight on the industry and their career paths and they will provide tips for individuals looking to develop their careers in their area. We have a wonderful panel assembled. This event will be held at the MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th Floor, and Cambridge, MA from 5:30-8:00pm. To register for this event, click here:

Meeting Agenda: 5:30pm-6:00pm: Registration and Open Networking; 6:00pm-6:10pm: Introductions and Overview; 6:10pm-7:30pm: Panel Discussion, 7:30pm-8:00pm: Open Networking.

Full FILS 2014 Series Event Schedule

January 21st, 2014 - Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths.

February 18th, 2014 - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry.

March 18th, 2014 - Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths.

April 15th, 2014 - Research and Development Career Paths in Life Sciences.

May 13th, 2014 - Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs Career Paths.

September 16th, 2014 - Bio-Informatics, Modeling and Systems Biology Career Paths.

October 14th, 2014 - Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access) Career Paths. To register, Click Here:

November 18th, 2014 - Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here:

About the Series

The FILS Event Series is open to current graduate student (MBA, MPH, JD, Eng, Ph.D., MD etc,), postdoctoral fellow, or medical resident, interested in learning about the variety of career paths in the industry. Together, Propel Careers, MassBio, and MassBioEd are committed to fostering the next generation of industry leaders in the life sciences. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Futures in Life Science (FILS) Seminar Series is a year-long event series, created in 2011 by Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd, to promote the variety of career paths ranging from research and development to marketing and commercialization that exist in the Massachusetts Life Science Industry for individuals with graduate degrees. We believe that the career paths that exist in the Massachusetts Life Science Industry are numerous, exciting, and rewarding and that it is imperative that students considering these careers be well informed regarding the areas that their education and training are relevant.

The year-long program provides in-depth overviews of specific careers in the life science industry that often require advanced degrees. We have focused on covering the various functional areas in the life sciences sector including, R&D, consulting, product management, business development, marketing, clinical, regulatory, medical affairs, bioinformatics, systems biology, modeling, pharmacoeconomics, reimbursement, patient advocacy, market access, finance, legal, and operations. Most graduate students and post-docs are well prepared to take numerous directions in their careers, and it is our intent to provide a comprehensive understanding of the aptitudes and work environments that are associated with specific career paths, so that the individuals who attend these events can make more informed career decisions. We are also big believers in the power of connections and networking, so each seminar will have specific time set aside to meet the presenters and the attendees and to develop relationships that will be an asset to those in attendance.

The program has an average attendance of 80 individuals per event. Each event has a panel discussion comprised of industry leaders who provide an overview of the life sciences landscape and various career opportunities, which exist in the industry. The individual seminars are scheduled to accommodate the academic school year with a focus on the technical or scientific expertise that is relevant to each area and the typical work environment associated with common roles.

For more details on the series, visit the Propel Careers Website, click here:


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