Program Manager, LEAPS

Data Analyst, LEAPS - Immediate opening

Technical Associate I, FoCUS - Immediate opening

Drug Development Pipeline Student Researcher, FoCUS - Immediate openings

Program Manager, LEAPS

Position Overview

Program Manager LEAPS is responsible for the coordinated development and execution of the LEAPS strategic plan. Will work in collaboration with the Executive Director NEWDIGS, LEAPS Advisory Group and other stakeholders to help shape the LEAPS programs and initiatives, build and reinforce the LEAPS reputation nationally by articulating its research in media appearances, conferences, seminars, forums, and other public speaking opportunities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Membership Development & Fundraising: 40%

  • Responsible for fundraising, which includes identifying, cultivating and stewarding corporate and regulatory supporters as well as exploring additional funding opportunities, including developing proposals and grants. Work with Executive Director to determine annual fundraising targets and ensure milestones are met.
  • Lead strategic member development in the LEAPS Project. Create, plan, develop, and facilitate productive and growing relationships between MIT and corporate/industry organizations and other stakeholders within the U.S. Examine the potential for international expansion. Actively identify and recruit prospective companies to become members.

Project Management:30%

  • Manage portfolio and full life-cycle of programs, initiatives and projects, including planning for originating new initiatives and managing existing activities through maturity model as well as planning for retirement of fully mature activities.
  • Work with appropriate MIT counterparts to develop periodic workshops on learnings generated by the consortium during Design Labs and other related activities. Deliver 2-3 workshops annually, ensuring adequate funding and sponsor support.
  • Develop work breakdown structures, estimate costs and determine staffing requirements based on the project objectives and scope. Manage, coach and supervise all project team members.

Strategic Leadership: 20%

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop realistic strategic short- and long- term business objectives that will most effectively engage and sustain industry and other stakeholder partners.
  • Develop metrics that analyze the effectiveness of the Programs, Initiatives, and projects. Evaluate services to ensure sponsor satisfaction. Provide ongoing analysis of program performance against budget and goals.
  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and represent LEAPS at various internal and external meetings as appropriate.
  • Provide mentorship to MIT students interested in careers financing and healthcare. Develop new and creative opportunities for connecting students and sponsors.
  • Additional duties as needed.

Supervision Received:

Reports directly to the Executive Director with minimal supervision.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervises LEAPS staff, including Project Coordinator, Communications Specialist and students.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, specialized training or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5 years of administration or operations experience with project or program management. Demonstrated experience successfully leading large, complex projects including setting goals, establishing timelines, managing budgets and meeting deliverables with a team of internal developers as well as external consultants.
  • Ability to meet the simultaneous demands of industry, academia and a global community of healthcare stakeholders.
  • Must possess diplomacy, tact, and the ability to present compelling arguments.
  • Solid experience and ability to effectively engage, relate to, build consensus and negotiate with senior faculty, university administrators and outside stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and client service skills that promote collaboration and cooperation amongst a wide diversity of faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders.
  • Requires the flexibility and ability to attend evening and/or weekend events, and travel domestically and internationally to meet with current and potential members up to 10% time.


  • Familiarity with MIT and the research consortia/initiative model strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with University/Industry partnerships extremely helpful.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders desired.
  • Understanding of different sectors including Biopharma, Medical, clinical trials development, real world evidence

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Data Analyst Researcher, LEAPS

Reports to: Director of Research, NEWDIGS

Temporary- Full or Part-time position

 Project Description:

The LEAPS Project is advancing the mission of the MIT NEWDIGS consortium through a new collaborative systems approach to the planning, generation, and use of evidence across R&D and healthcare delivery. A model system for Rheumatoid Arthritis will be piloted in Massachusetts (2020 launch), and will inform related efforts in other diseases and geographies. Success in LEAPS targets better patient outcomes while also reducing waste and inefficiency across the system.

The initial LEAPS pilot aims to improve the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Massachusetts. . Appropriately scoping the pilot and quantifying opportunities requires an analysis of payer claims data to understand current practices for RA management in Massachusetts. This analysis will be based on claims data from the Massachusetts All-Payers Claims Database, which captures claims for most patients in Massachusetts (including both public and private payers).

We are looking for a Data Analyst researcher to support this research project through September 1, 2020. This short-term role is flexible with regard to level and could lead to further work with the LEAPS project based on the interests of the individual and the needs of the project. This role could be filled by a student seeking a master’s degree with substantial big data experience with guidance from LEAPS personnel or an individual with prior experience in health claims data analysis functioning more independently. The end product will be a research report and presentation summarizing patient distribution and treatment pathways in Massachusetts. This information will be presented at a LEAPS “Design Lab” in December 2020 and may also be formatted as a poster for an external conference presentation.


Key responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Partner with IT and LEAPS project personnel to transform, structure and analyze appropriate data from the Massachusetts All-Payer Claims Database (if not completed before start date)
  • Design and execute a protocol to extract a cohort of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and subgroups as appropriate
  • Tabulate, summarize and analyze the APCD RA extract to support ongoing efforts of the LEAPS modelling and simulation team. This could include but is not limited to:
    • Develop appropriate analytical cohorts based on claims continuity and disease stage (e.g. initiation on methotrexate or ongoing therapy)
    • Analyze clinical and demographic characteristics of RA patients and distribution of treatment utilization overall, by major payer entity, by provider type and over time
    • Determine patterns of utilization by therapy, including duration of therapy, changes in dosage, and treatment holidays
    • Examine prescribing patterns across provider types, geographic distribution and compare with treatment guidelines
    • Examine changes in treatment overall and for large payer entities and examine proximal causes of changes in treatment including changes in provider, insurer, or health events
    • Summarize all treatments for each RA patient (not just treatment specific to RA) in order to estimate total cost of care
  • Manage and protect data in accordance with Data Management Plan and Data Usage Agreement


  • Experience in data wrangling and working with big data
  • Experience in programming (e.g. SAS, Python, R, PostgreSQL)
  • Experience in standardizing complex datasets
  • Familiarity with basic statistical modeling
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communications skills
  • Good documentation practices
  • Ability to work independently


  • Experience working with healthcare claims data
  • Experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis or related diseases
  • Knowledge of the US Healthcare system

Position is open and available to start immediately- full or part-time depending on availability and experience.  

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Researcher: Technical Associate I

The MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation/NEWDIGS Initiative has an immediate opening for a Researcher to join the FoCUS (Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US) Project Team.  The researcher will join the Drug Development Pipeline Research Team

This full-time role will work to design and develop durable methodologies for extracting data necessary for the achievement of project goals; produce regular reports on the status of the drug development pipeline; and execute other research, analysis, modeling, and/or simulation assignments that are identified as necessary to advance the project.  Will also attend regularly scheduled research team meetings to give progress reports and provide expertise and insight into ongoing discussions, and provide research and analytic support for other aspects of the FoCUS Project. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: at least two years’ experience in research related roles or B.Sc. in biological sciences with coursework evidencing the ability to advance the objectives of the FoCUS project; experience executing research projects involving modeling and simulation designs; broad understanding of and interest in the current political and economic situation related to financing of curative therapies in the United States; excellent written and oral communication skills; and experience with basic office applications, including PowerPoint and familiarity with SQL scripts. 

Must be team-oriented but able to work independently in a multidisciplinary environment.  

PREFERRED:  master’s degree, experience in using Excel for large scale data analytics and data visualization, and a demonstrated publication history.  

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Position will start in February 2020 and will be funded for one year with a possibility of extension.  


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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