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About this Course


This highly interactive online 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. 

Created specifically for pharmaceutical professionals, the program uses case studies to teach you how to lead multi-disciplinary teams and to collaborate effectively in managing complex challenges in pharmaceutical R&D. New program material has been incorporated to focus on how remote teams can operate effectively and productively. We will examine solutions and strategies for getting the most out of remote teams including creating and maintaining high levels of engagement, improving communications, sustaining motivation, establishing and measuring performance, and conducting more productive team meetings in a distributed environment.

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.


Successfully lead multi-functional and multi-organizational teams, including joint ventures and academic partnerships Implement effective communication frameworks to create innovative high-performing teams
Effectively prepare for, conduct, and achieve positive senior management review meetings
Optimize outsourcing and vendor relationships to improve efficiency and maximize performance

Summer 2024 Course Dates

June 11, 13, 20 & 21st, 2024 | Live Online | 11 - 3 pm EST

Leadership Summer 2024 Dates

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Earn a Digital Badge & Certificate!

  • Showcase the knowledge and skills you acquired from the program.
  • Share your learning achievements with clients, employers, and colleagues on online platforms and social media networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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

Course Moderator

Robert Franco, PhD

Course Facilitator; President, Coe Point Associates LLC; Senior Fellow, Tufts CSDD

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.


Course Facilitator

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Sarah Wrobel, MHA

Manager of Operations & Development, Tufts CSDD
Sarah Wrobel is the Operations Manager at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. She is responsible for managing the Center’s daily operations, including overseeing sponsored research grants and contracts, staffing, research roundtables and meetings, and CSDD’s Professional Development programs. Sarah received her MHA from Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College and her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. She also has previous experience working in Graduate Medical Education from Stonybrook University Medicine.


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