Congratulations to the 2018 IPhO VIP Case Competition Award Winners!


On March 17, 2018, at the Annual National E-Board Assembly in Nashville, TN, IPhO National Fellows Council (NFC) Co-Chief Zachary McCormack, PharmD, Global Commercial Oncology Fellow, Sanofi Genzyme, announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition. California Northstate University College of Pharmacy IPhO Student Chapter was awarded 1st place for their outstanding creativity and demonstrated knowledge of the drug development process.

This competition—the first of its kind in the industry—tests students' pharmaceutical commercial development knowledge and allows them to apply what they know through an industry-based case scenario. This year, 29 student chapters participated in the competition.

The annual IPhO VIP Case Competition enables students to delve into multiple disciplines within the pharmaceutical industry as they develop their hypothetical drug, including, but not limited to: Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Commercial Functions. Each phase of the drug's development lifecycle presents a unique challenge that encourages students to think strategically and apply both their clinical and pharmaceutical industry knowledge.

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2018 IPhO Annual National Student Event

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, students from across the country gathered in Nashville for the IPhO 5th Annual National Student Event.

Student leaders from many of the 54 student chapters attended the E-board National Assembly, which featured an update on the exciting plans in store for the growing national network of IPhO student chapters and recognized the hard work and dedication of chapter leaders.

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IPhO and KGI Host 2018 Western Regional Symposium

WR Image 1On Saturday, February 17th, Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) and its Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy chapter hosted the Western Regional Symposium. The event brought together students and representatives from top biotechnology companies to provide valuable information about industry career opportunities and insight into current issues, trends, and what to expect in industry.

Attendees heard from academic leaders at KGI, including Dr. Samit Shah, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Prof. Bernard Tyrrell, Associate Dean of Industry Relations, who spoke about industry’s need for the specialized training and skills that PharmD candidates offer their companies as well as the importance of drug development best practices in the future of industry.

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IPhO Announces a New Fellowship Collaboration with BioNJ!

BioNJ - IPhO IPhO is pleased to announce a new fellowship collaboration with BioNJ, adding to its family of fellowship partner companies that also includes Novocure, RevHealth, and UCB.

BioNJ is a powerful network of 400 member companies all dedicated to enhancing the climate for biotechnology in the state of New Jersey, representing research-based life sciences companies and stakeholders.

BioNJ is excited to introduce an Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program created to mentor, develop and train life sciences entrepreneurs in New Jersey to encourage the establishment and location of start-ups in the state.

The program will be sponsored by four New Jersey-based life sciences companies that offer high-value projects and experiences, including the opportunity for the fellow to shadow a senior executive from each company. Upon program completion, the fellow will have an established business network and will be prepared to pursue a start-up in the New Jersey region.

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Applications to join the 2018-2019 IPhO Student Leadership Team are now OPEN!

National and Regional Student Officers benefit from direct access to IPhO National Leadership and the National Fellowship Council, which helps support their professional development, and provides valuable networking opportunities and comprehensive preparation for their future industry career.

As a National/Regional Student Officer, you will have a chance to:

  • Lead and perform assigned organizational functions such as: chapter network operations, social media and marketing, professional affairs and development, strategic planning, scholarly activities, and regional chapter network management
  • Collaborate with IPhO Leadership on the development and execution of key organizational initiatives that inform and empower students interested in an industry career
  • Conduct training and onboarding presentations with new chapters and covering professional development topics
  • Serve as a preceptor to our National Internship Program participants
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Pacific University School of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network

IPhO is pleased to announce the addition of another new student chapter to our growing national network!

Pacific University_1Congratulations to student pharmacists at Pacific University School of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of over 4,000 student pharmacists with similar interests, as well as a national network of hundreds of industry fellows and thousands of industry pharmacists.

Several more schools are in the late stages of filing their chapter applications and will soon join the growing national network.

To start a chapter at your school, click here.

For the student benefits of joining IPhO, view the National Student Brochure here!

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Registration Now OPEN for the IPhO Industry Certificate Course


The IPhO Industry Certificate Course is back by popular demand to prepare students, recent graduates, and younger professionals interested in pursuing an industry career. Entering its third year, the in-depth course curriculum explores all aspects of pharmaceutical commercialization, from drug development and regulatory approval, to marketing and sales strategies through life-cycle management. Each functional department is described and discussed with a focus on the roles and opportunities available for pharmacists to successfully contribute and achieve high levels of professional satisfaction.

Learn more about the course and register now!


This is a live, online course, taking place Wednesday evenings (8pm-10pm EST) for a period of 8 weeks.

Registered participants will have access to the archived lectures.

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Featured Webinar: Leadership and Industry Pharmacists

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) collaborated on a professional development program entitled, Leadership and Industry Pharmacists. This live webinar was hosted by SNPhA on November 27, 2017 and is now archived on each organization's website.

Click here to access the webinar on the IPhO site.

The featured presentation on leadership was given by James Alexander, PharmD, Executive Director and CEO of the Industry Pharmacists Organization. Dr. Alexander began teaching a leadership course during his decade on faculty at Rutgers, where he served as the first Director of the prestigious Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program.

Although the webinar title infers that the content will focus on industry, Dr. Alexander states, “when you look at the title slide and it says Leadership and Industry Pharmacists, actually you can delete the word industry because it really relates to all pharmacists regardless of the practice setting.”

Dr. Alexander goes on to say how important it is for student pharmacists to explore as many of the traditional and non-traditional career pathways as possible, because it is likely that the most optimal path is one they have yet to discover.


  • Join and become active in student organizations
  • Lead something!
  • Be a volunteer
  • Present as often as possible
  • Become a career services junkie
  • Participate in professional programs on relevant and interesting topics


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IPhO Fellows, National Student Officers, and Interns Present Research at ASHP Midyear 2017

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The research poster entitled, Demographics of Professors Teaching Industry-Related Courses within Accredited United States Colleges of Pharmacy, builds upon previous IPhO research published last year describing trends among industry-related courses within US accredited colleges of pharmacy.

Authors: Andy Szeto (pictured at left), University of the Pacific; Tayyeb Din, Long Island University; Marine Schmitt, Oregon State University; Rosemary Boshar, PharmD, Sanofi Genzyme/MCPHS Fellow (pictured at right); and Jerry Silverman, BS Pharm, Industry Pharmacists Organization, describe professor experience among industry-related courses within US accredited colleges of pharmacy.

This research shows a large variation in instructor experience ranging from 1 year to 40 years, with a mode of just one year of industry pharmacy experience. The authors hope that as student interest in industry continues to escalate, ACPE will revise their curriculum requirements to include industry topics, and in time this will facilitate a need for full-time industry-experienced professors.

To review this research poster, please click here to visit the IPhO Scholarly Publications section of our website.

The second research poster presented at Midyear 2017, Demographics of Current First- and Second-year Industry Fellows, reports upon changes in current fellows’ academic and experiential backgrounds to better prepare and guide applicants toward obtaining an industry fellowship.

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Don't Miss the 2017-18 IPhO Industry Fellowship Analysis

The 2017-18 IPhO Industry Fellowship Analysis has been published!

The report highlights key characteristics of all current fellowship programs, such as functional area, academic affiliation and alma mater of the fellow, and 4-year trends of these data.

There are 442 PharmDs currently participating in US-based, industry-focused postgraduate fellowships, representing +17% growth versus last year.

Below is a sneak peak into just some of the findings in the publication.

Click here to view the full report and explore additional scholarly publications, presentations, industry posters, and more.

Fellows by Functional Area

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