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Feature on Fellows: Erica Hosek ’10 & Elaine Alexander ’10

Erica Hosek

Erica Hosek ’10 is a second year Post-Doctoral Fellow at Bayer HealthCare in Wayne, New Jersey. Erica graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Shortly after graduation she began her post-doctoral training with Bayer in conjunction with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship (RPIF) Program.

Erica was first introduced to the pharmaceutical industry during a summer internship with Eisai Inc. in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. During this time she worked with the Drug Information Department and through this experience her desire to have a career in industry was solidified. While at Eisai Erica met a RPIF program alum and through this contact she recognized the Rutgers program as the necessary stepping stone for starting a career in industry.

Erica is currently involved with RPIF on many levels. She has been co-coordinator of the Leadership for Pharmacy Professionals elective for two semesters and has also been a guest lecturer for the Pharmacy Practice Management course. One highlight of the Rutgers program is the appointment as adjunct faculty to the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. In addition to Erica’s involvement with teaching, she works one on one with the leadership of the program, Dr. Joseph Barone PharmD FCCP. During Erica’s first year she was co-chair to the university outreach committee and since July she has taken on the role of Co-Chief Fellow. The Co-Chief position thus far has challenged Erica as she is one of two individuals managing the fellowship class and all program related activities. Both leadership positions have allowed Erica to improve her public speaking abilities and project management skills to name a few.

During Erica’s first year at Bayer she worked in Medical Communications and supported the Specialty Therapeutics division [Hematology/Neurology]. Erica held the role of a medical information specialist and worked closely with two products, Betaseron and Kogenate. She also attended the Drug Information Association’s annual medical communications meeting and during the Fellow/Residency showcase she presented the poster “Pharmaceutical Industry Practices on Copyright”. The end of Erica’s first year with Bayer focused on in-house rotations. For a total of five months, Erica was able to work with the Advertising and Promotion team [Regulatory Affairs], Health Economics and Outcomes Research as well as Business Development, Strategy, and Innovation. Although these rotations have formally ended, she is continuing to work longitudinally with Health Economics and Business Development.

For the second and final year of Erica’s Fellowship with Bayer, she is supporting US Medical Affairs Hematology and Neurology. In her role she is working on neurology publication management as well as reviewing investigator sponsored study and continuing medical education grants (ISS/CME) in both therapeutic areas. Erica is also the main Medical Affairs contact with the clinical research organization (CRO) for the Betaseron Pregnancy Registry, an FDA-mandated, prospective observational study. She helped plan the registry’s annual Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) meeting; a venue that facilitates independent review of the registry status, recruitment and data. Erica is now working to ensure proper closure of the study. Two key projects Erica will be working on going into 2012 are Medical Advisory Boards for both Betaseron and Kogenate. After the fellowship Erica hopes to continue her work in the industry, particularly within Medical Affairs.

Since moving back to New Jersey, Erica has also become a licensed pharmacist and currently works per diem at Haworth Apothecary in Haworth, NJ. Interesting enough, the owner of her pharmacy, Denise Hayes ‘78, is also a graduate of URI!

Elaine Alexander

Elaine Alexander ’10 is a 2nd year Post-Doctoral Medical Affairs Fellow at Bayer HealthCare.  She graduated from the University of Rhode Island, where she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in May 2010.  Upon graduation, Elaine began her career in the pharmaceutical industry at Bayer, in conjunction with the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship (RPIF) Program.

Elaine is a licensed pharmacist in New Jersey, ACPE certified to immunize, and has worked in retail pharmacy prior to starting at Bayer in July 2010. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers University, where she coordinates the spring semester Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Industry professional elective course. She is an active member of the Pharmacists at Bayer (PhAB) employee network group and is the chair of the RPIF ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Committee.

During her first year at Bayer, Elaine worked in Medical Communications as a Medical Information Specialist, supporting the Women’s Healthcare franchise. She served as a medical information resource for internal and external customers and collaborated across business units to support brand and Medical Affairs activities. Elaine supported the launches of Beyaz and Safyral – two oral contraceptives that were FDA-approved during her initial months with Bayer. She also had the opportunity to rotate with Regulatory Affairs (Advertising & Promotion), as well as with the Business Development, Strategy, and Innovation departments during year one.

Elaine is spending the last 12 months of her two-year Fellowship working with the Women’s Healthcare Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team. She has already had the opportunity to carry out many of the general roles and responsibilities of a liaison, including key opinion leader (KOL) engagement, medical meeting and advisory board attendance/participation, and the review of Investigator Sponsored Study (ISS) proposal submissions and CME/grant requests. She has been going on ride-alongs and is enjoying a variety of field-related MSL activities. Upon completion of her Fellowship, Elaine hopes to continue her career under the Medical Affairs umbrella of the pharmaceutical industry.

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