Drug Development R&D Executive Learning Series

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Tufts CSDD’s Drug Development R&D Executive Learning Series are designed to address the most pressing challenges faced by drug development teams today, providing enrollees with practical and actionable strategies. Taught by industry experts, our courses offer a unique and valuable learning experience in a flexible setting. Through interactive lectures, case studies, and facilitated group discussions, participants connect and learn from peer-company colleagues.

Each course is 3 hours in duration and limited to 20 participants to allow for highly interactive engagement and networking opportunities. Courses include “Virtual Office Hours” two weeks afterward to provide additional opportunities for learning and discussion.

Short Course on Managing Strategic Alliances to Optimize Performance

April 20, 2023

12-3 pm ET

$500

Managing Diverse Teams

September 14, 2023

12-3 pm ET

$500

*To inquire about group rates, please email csdd@tufts.edu*


Short Course on Managing Strategic Alliances to Optimize Performance

Most organizations utilize third party providers, whether they be strategic partners, collaborators, academics, or vendors, to deliver much of a project’s content and quality. Tufts CSDD’s Short Course on Managing Strategic Alliances to Optimize Performance is an interactive course that will teach participants how to apply alliance management strategies to optimize their development plans. We will assess and apply a strategic partner framework as well as a service provider maturity model that can be applied to a wide variety of outsourced relationships to maximize productivity and reduce risk. These frameworks can be applied to the selection, management and contracting of third party providers.
The course will be 3 hours in duration and limited to 20 participants to allow for significant engagement and networking opportunities. To provide additional support for applying course lessons at work, we will schedule “Virtual Office Hours” two weeks after the course. This will allow participants to share success stories, gain additional insights and discuss some of their most pressing challenges with peers and instructors.
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Managing Diverse Teams

Recent research exploring workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) dynamics has demonstrated the damaging impact that exclusionary acts can have on team dynamics and employee outcomes among drug development professionals. Given the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of drug development, not addressing these dynamics can have costly consequences in the form of reduced team morale and trust, decreased productivity, and eventual turnover. Thus, it is imperative that leaders understand ways to effectively navigate and manage team dynamics to ensure that they can attract and retain diverse talent.

This 3-hour virtual session has been designed to provide leaders with tools and resources to help them effectively manage DEI dynamics within their teams. The session will cover relevant concepts and frameworks to improve team dynamics using a DEI lens. This highly interactive, interdisciplinary workshop blends topics from management, organizational psychology, and organizational behavior, contextualized within the drug development industry. During the workshop, participants will learn and discuss how DEI dynamics, such as microaggressions manifest in teams and learn how to spot and address exclusionary behaviors to build team trust and psychological safety, while reducing turnover intentions and burnout, and ultimately increasing team productivity. Importantly, the workshop builds upon and incorporates studies conducted among industry professionals to make the insights relevant to a drug development audience, ranging from sponsors and CROs to academic research centers and beyond.

To find out more, please reach out to: [sarah.wrobel@tufts.edu].
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Course Facilitator

Robert Franco, PhD

Course Facilitator President, Coe Point Associates LLC

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.


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Additional Topics Offered on a Varied Schedule

  • Enhancing Productivity and Performance of Remote or Distributed Teams
  • Accelerating Product Development: Advanced Project Planning Strategies
  • Managing Strategic Partners, External Collaborators, and Service Providers