Executive Program for Senior Life Sciences Leaders

Bridge the Gap between Vision and Innovation

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Course Dates

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September 26, 2024

Course Duration

DURATION

8 months
Online and In-Person/Live Virtual

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$17,000 US$15,500 and get US$850 off with a referral US$150 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit

US$1,500

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Drive Innovation through Strategic Life Sciences Leadership

In the rapidly evolving life sciences industry, driven by technological innovations and a shift toward personalized medicine, there is an increasing need for adept strategic leadership. Organizations rely on leaders with strategic acumen who can embrace advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), leverage data insights and focus on patient centricity. By harnessing the potential of such technologies and a comprehensive understanding of the clinical development process, senior life sciences leaders can navigate industry challenges and lead clinical development and life sciences projects effectively.

The eight-month Executive Program for Senior Life Sciences Leaders from Harvard Medical School Executive Education will equip you with the tools to lead effectively and address the gap between traditional leadership roles and the modern demands of the life sciences industry. The program's curriculum acknowledges the dynamic landscape of the industry, with a keen focus on enhancing the essential skills and insights required by senior life sciences leaders to drive innovation and strategic growth.

75%

of AI-first biotech organizations significantly integrate AI into their drug discovery processes.

Source: Statista

$2.8 billion

is the typical investment made by pharmaceutical companies over a decade to advance a drug through the R&D process of drug discovery and clinical development before commercialization.

Source: National Library of Medicine

60%

biopharma professionals have indicated that addressing health equity would influence their strategies.

Source: Deloitte

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the primary forces driving change within the life sciences industry and how conventional practices are evolving to meet modern demands
  • Employ effective strategies and emerging technologies to accelerate outcomes when leading clinical development projects
  • Implement digital solutions and real-world evidence across the clinical development life cycle
  • Recognize the current and potential impact of AI on the life sciences industry and how you can leverage it for growth and success
  • Apply frameworks and approaches for successful leadership in life sciences and to ensure organizational adaptability and growth
  • Streamline teams, structures and processes for efficient management of clinical development projects

Learning Experience

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Comprehensive Curriculum

Benefit from a powerful curriculum that combines evidence-based frameworks with an application-based approach

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Expert Faculty

Gain insights from Harvard Medical School faculty and other leaders in the health care industry who incorporate their research and practical expertise into the program

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On-Campus Networking

Meet multiple cohort peers, industry experts, and faculty during the on-campus networking event

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Live Sessions

Experience live online sessions with faculty and the cohort success coach and periodic guest lectures from industry leaders* (*Live sessions are subject to change)

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Industry Practitioners

Gain insights from leading subject matter experts with deep life sciences industry experience and expertise in multiple domains, including gen AI, data, patient centricity and trial design

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Global Peer Group

Network with accomplished other life sciences leaders and peers from around the globe and gain new approaches to leadership

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Capstone Project

Work on a capstone project with a series of reflective exercises combining theory with leadership realities in the life sciences industry to address your organization's challenges for immediate impact at work

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Frameworks and Tools

Apply useful frameworks and innovative approaches for incorporating digital tools to guide key decision making in clinical development functions

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Self-Paced Learning

Learn at your own pace with a weekly commitment of three to five hours of sessions and activities

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Case Studies

Access real-world case studies and examples from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors and elevate your impact

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Hands-On Learning

Work on the capstone and leadership lens activities to hone essential leadership skills and empower personal growth

Program Curriculum

The program curriculum is organized into seven parts over 27 modules, focusing on leadership in the context of clinical development today. These modules equip you with insights and skills to lead clinical development and life sciences projects effectively, optimize strategies and make a significant impact as an innovative leader.

    M1: Changes in the Pharmaceutical Landscape​

    M2: Digital Trends Impacting Biopharma and Patients' Lives​

    M3: Access and Equity for the Life Sciences Industry

    M4: Patients as Partners in the Life Sciences Industry​

    M5: Clinical Development and Market Access: Insights from Site Investigators​

    M6: Strategic Decision Making for New Digital Offerings​

    M7: Digital Tools and Therapeutics​

    M8: Best Practices for Using Real-World Evidence

    M9: Artificial Intelligence in the Life Sciences Industry​

    M10: Emerging Concepts of Value for Novel Therapies​

    M11: Product Development Framework​

    M12: Strategic Connections between Clinical Development, Medical Affairs and Commercial

    M13: Managing Yourself and Leading Others​

    M14: Leading at the Executive Level​

    M15: Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)​

    M16: From Self-Understanding to Self-Management​

    M17: The Power of Empathy and Perspective-Taking

    M18: Building High-Performance Teams​

    M19: Understanding and Influencing Others​

    M20: Fundamentals of Negotiation and Conflict Management​

    M21: Skill and Agility in Decision Making

    M22: Understanding Organizational Culture​

    M23: Leading for Innovation and Learning​

    M24: The Leader’s Guide to Managing Change

    M25: A Primer on Strategy​

    M26: Evaluating Risk and Reward in Growth Opportunities​

    M27: Implementing Strategy in Uncertain Situations

Leadership Lens

At the end of select modules, you will get an opportunity to complete a self-study leadership lens activity. Apply what you have learned throughout the program to your organization and personal experiences, creating a valuable reference point for future leadership roles.

Capstone Project

The capstone project serves as a crucial component of your learning journey. It encompasses six strategic checkpoints throughout the program that cover various leadership facets, spanning personal mindset, skill enhancement and strategic implementation. The project aims to systematically enhance and solidify your leadership abilities in the realm of clinical research and development.

Who Is This Program For?

The Executive Program for Senior Life Sciences Leaders is meticulously designed for professionals poised at the intersection of innovation, leadership and strategy within the life sciences industry. The program is ideal for:

  • Current or Aspiring Senior Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry: Tailored for leaders at senior levels within the life sciences sector seeking to deepen their understanding of emerging trends and technologies, enhancing strategic decision making and fostering cross-functional collaboration to drive scientific and operational excellence.
  • Health care Leaders Transitioning into the Life Sciences Industry​: Crafted for experienced health care leaders and senior professionals venturing into the life sciences field who want to elevate their industry-specific knowledge while adapting their leadership skills to foster innovation and achieve tangible results in a new, dynamic sector.
  • Founders or Early-Stage Leaders in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Startups: Designed for startup leaders looking to bridge the gap between extensive experience in big pharma organizations and the unique challenges of successfully leading a startup, emphasizing innovation and strategic growth.
  • Senior Consultants and Strategists Supporting the Life Sciences Industry: Developed for senior life sciences consulting professionals seeking to gain leadership insights that empower professionals to provide impactful guidance in clinical development, maximizing therapeutic value and efficiency in product approval processes.

Participant Profile

  • Minimum 10 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)
  • Prior knowledge of pharma and/or biotech is suggested but not required

Meet the Faculty

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Stanley Shaw, MD, PhD

Faculty Co-Director; Associate Dean for Executive Education at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Stanley Shaw is a practicing cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chief scientific officer for One Brave Idea. In this role, he designs and directs a growing portfolio of programs for companies and executive leaders from diverse health care sectors.... More info

Profile picture of Faculty Co-Director; Faculty Co-Director; Instructor, Harvard University; Managing Director, The MYLO Center - Margaret Andrews

Margaret Andrews

Instructor, Harvard University; Managing Director, The MYLO Center

Margaret C. Andrews has over three decades of experience in academia and business. She has made significant contributions in teaching, professional speaking and leadership development.... More info

Featured Guest Faculty

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Kimberly McCleary

Founder & CEO, The Kith Collective

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Andrew Beam, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School

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Robert Chamberlain, PhD

SVP, AlixPartners

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Arnaub Chatterjee, MHA, MPA

Chief Product and Solutions Officer, TriNetX; Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group; Teaching Associate, Harvard Medical School

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Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN

Neurologist, Pain Physician, Chief Medical Officer, Click Therapeutics

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Shamiram Feinglass, MD, MPH

Fellow, The Aspen Institute

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Justin Gainor, MD

Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers Program; Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Anupam Jena, MD, PhD

Joseph P. Newhouse Professor of Health Care Policy, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Medicine and Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Host of Freakonomics, MD podcast

Application details

program fee

US$17,000 US$15,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$150

Certificate

Certificate

Upon completion of this program, you will receive a digital certificate from Harvard Medical School Executive Education. Your digitally verified certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program, per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Harvard Medical School Executive Education.

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