Immediate Openings Available

Position Title: FoCUS Project: Drug Development Pipeline Researcher

Project Description:

Medical research is making significant advances toward treatments that cure major diseases, but these treatments will often entail very high up-front costs with benefits extended over time.  While an individual treatment for a rare disease can be managed within the current system, with over 600 novel medicines in the development pipeline, it is increasingly clear that payers will not be able to shoulder the financial burden that stems from the total collection of premium-priced products in the market, without change. The FoCUS (Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US) project involves an examination of the development pipeline for these new novel treatments.  The portfolio analyses will help to determine the scale of the financing challenge of curative therapies in the United States (US) and provide for a measure of the total potential impact on the US healthcare system from these products. To learn more see

Position Description:

We have an immediate opening (1/15/2020) for researchers (undergraduate/graduate/post-doc) to assist in the analysis of the potential of the products in the pipeline to reach the market.  Under the guidance of experts, researchers will use current data to map and catalog products by indication, as well as do detailed research into the status of clinical trials for cell and gene therapies. The ideal candidates (two or three individuals) are interested in Healthcare/Biology/Economics/Pre-Med and are available to work 10-15 hours per week beginning immediately and throughout the Spring Semester (with possible extension through Summer and into the Fall Semester), on this exciting academic research project which brings together actual drug development pipeline data (involving potential treatments for more than 270 indications), medical background information, and applied economics.

Candidate will interact with the FoCUS project research team. This will provide exposure and learning experience from healthcare, medical, and economics perspectives.


  • Experience with and interest in medical/clinical terms, literature reviews.
  • High level of competency in Excel, knowledge of SQL scripts and/or Python preferred
  • Preferable to have some background in economics and interest in healthcare field.
  • Available to start immediately and work throughout the Spring term

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