About this Course
This highly interactive course, offered twice each year, brings together team leaders, program managers, functional directors, and other drug development professionals from across the industry to build leadership skills, improve cross-functional performance, and enhance R&D productivity. Delegates meet online in large and small groups over the course of four weeks.
Tufts CSDD holds the Leadership for Drug Development Teams course several times each year. Custom programs are also available for professionals within a single organization.
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“I was able to immediately make improvements after taking this course…Once others started seeing the way I interacted, I noticed that they mirrored the behavior. It’s made a difference in the team.” Program Manager, Sanofi
“I really appreciate that it was drug-development focused. The examples were so close to our real lives that it made them easy to implement. The course was perfectly suited to my professional development goals: to develop the skills I need for integrated work in a matrix organization.” Clinical Research Physician, AstraZeneca
“I enjoyed the workshop tremendously. The topics were relevant and coherent and the group interactions gave me many different perspectives. I am eager to practice the skills in real life.” Principal Scientist, Immuno
Robert Franco, PhD
With over 24 years of consulting experience, Dr. Franco led PwC’s Pharmaceutical R&D practice where he specialized in improving pharmaceutical drug development, technology transfer, clinical trial operations, and manufacturing. Dr. Franco has worked with the senior management of several large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, NGOs, and multinational organizations to implement complex change management initiatives to improve growth, reduce costs, and remediate quality and regulatory issues. Dr. Franco has eight management consulting articles, 13 technical publications, and three patents to his name and has served on several international technical review and regulatory standards committees. He has a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in biochemistry from the University of Rochester.
Kenneth Kaitin, PhD
Kenneth Kaitin is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. He previously served as the group’s Director for 23 years. He is also Advisory Professor at Shanghai Medical College at Fudan University, and he serves on the faculty of the European Center for Pharmaceutical Medicine at the University of Basel. Dr. Kaitin is an internationally recognized authority on drug development science and policy. He consults, speaks, teaches, and writes on global trends in pharmaceutical development and regulation and he has provided public testimony before the U.S. Congress. A former President of the Drug Information Association, Dr. Kaitin recently served as Editor-in-Chief of Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on bioterror countermeasures. In 2011, he received the Dr. Louis M. Sherwood Award, granted by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators, and in 2020 he was named a Global Fellow in Medicines Development by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Physicians. Dr. Kaitin is a director on the boards of Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), Bio-Tree Systems, Inc., and QCDx LLC. He earned his BS from Cornell University and MS and PhD in pharmacology from the University of Rochester.
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