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Introduction to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for the Pharma/Biotech Industry (IPCOR)



Patient-centered outcomes (PCO) research is crucial to successful product development in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. PCO research scientists seeking to pursue a career aligned with this industry should understand the product development process, the product lifecycle, the scientific communication process and interactions with key industry stakeholders – both internal and external (i.e., regulators and payers).


This training is aimed at individuals who are:
  • Pursuing a PCO research career
  • New to the pharma/biotech industry
  • Looking to gain a better understanding of PCO research-related activities within the pharma/biotech industry (e.g., may currently be working in a medical affairs team)
  • Pursuing a career that works closely with the pharma/biotech industry (e.g., regulatory authorities, payer/health technology appraisal organizations, consulting companies)
  • Mentors in academia who help students make career decisions

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the different stages of drug development.
  • Discuss the pharma/biotech product lifecycle and PCO research needs associated with different stages.
  • Review the roles, responsibilities and scientific deliverables of a PCO research scientist in the pharma/biotech industry.
  • Develop awareness of different functions in the pharma/biotech industry that are key internal stakeholders in the drug development process and partners for PCO research scientists.
  • Define key PCO research industry terms, business deliverables and related responsibilities.
  • Discuss types of regulatory interactions that may involve PCO research and the preparation process for regulatory interactions, with a focus on FDA and EMA.
  • Discuss market access considerations for PCO research.
  • Understand PCO research communications and the importance of outreach to various audiences, including patients and physicians.

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