Pharmaceutical Development

Allergan-USC Industry Fellowship

The one-year pharmaceutical development fellowship in product formulation development will focus on manufacturing-process development of biodegradable implants for intravitreal drug delivery. This includes understanding manufacturing unit operations, processing parameters, material properties and characterization technologies. This fellowship is intended to give postdoctoral research graduates exposure to the pharmaceutical industry while advancing the fellow’s own research and professional growth.

The fellow participates as a member of Allergan’s Biodegradable Polymer Implant Development Center of Excellence within Pharmaceutical Development.

Learning Activities

The pharmaceutical development fellowship emphasizes:

  • Design and evaluation of biodegradable polymer implant manufacturing processes.
  • Evaluation of the effect of processing parameters on implant quality and performance.
  • Research may also be undertaken to investigate new manufacturing technologies. This may include working with engineering department personnel to evaluate and improve upon current processes.
  • Opportunities to attend applicable seminars as well as technical and team meetings.

In addition to training activities at Allergan, the fellow is provided with opportunities through the USC School of Pharmacy including:

  • Instructional and other educational activities at the USC School of Pharmacy, including participation in appropriate graduate coursework and seminars geared to the fellow’s interests.
  • Opportunities to give invited presentations to students and staff.

Application Requirements

Candidates should have a PhD in chemical engineering, materials sciences or a similar field. The essential components of this position are in-depth understanding of basic science and engineering principles, material properties and statistics.

Candidates must have completed a Doctor of Pharmacy or Doctor of Philosophy degree from an accredited university. Completion of a master’s of regulatory science, pharmacy industry track courses and industry internships are desirable.

Good oral and written communication skills, ethics, professionalism and an interest in the biopharmaceutical industry also are required for the position.

Contact Us

For additional information or to apply for the fellowship, please contact:

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Director, Residency and Fellowship Training
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2625
Email: wgong@usc.edu, Res-Fellow@pharmacy.usc.edu