Programme Overview

Ahmedabad University in collaboration with the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management offers a Global Executive MBA degree in Pharmaceutical Management for working professionals in the sector. This customised and rigorous 2-year degree programme aims to empower existing management teams with leadership capabilities to enhance decision making and sharpen execution throughout the pharmaceutical value chain.

The programme is designed to engage pharmaceutical and healthcare business owners and professionals in intense interactions with experienced colleagues and select global faculty on key issues affecting the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. The delivery method of the programme will include Master Classes, Case Studies, Simulations, Collaborative Workshops, One-on-One Coaching and the Capstone Project; aimed to enable participants to continually enhance their professional performance while simultaneously sharpening their domain and managerial perspectives.

The unique proposition of this degree programme is its depth of contextualisation in the domains of Biological and Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Manufacturing, Operations, Sales and Marketing functions, all in the backdrop of the regulatory landscape of the pharmaceutical industry.

The programme will be led by distinguished faculty drawn from India and abroad, including the University of California San Diego, specialising in business leadership, management, digital and medical technology, biological and life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The participants of the programme will acquire capabilities in strategic and leadership excellence, aligning R&D and technology levers to commercial operations, building organisational agility for leadership within the pharmaceutical industry over a sustainable horizon.

The Global Executive MBA Degree in Pharmaceutical Management is a programme designed to prepare senior professionals for this transformation.

Who Must Attend this Programme?

The programme brings together business owners and mid-to-senior level professionals from across the Pharmaceutical value chain who seek to advance their leadership careers. This programme is highly suitable for:

  • Business owners, business promoters, senior leaders and senior professionals from the pharmaceutical industry
  • Professionals from health and life sciences along with consultants associated with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Professionals associated with biotechnology, bioinformatics, and health care industries
  • Pharmacists and medical practitioners associated with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Participants will ideally have 10-25 years of work experience

Key Benefits: Participants and Organisations

  • Dual qualification; an MBA Degree from Ahmedabad University and a Certificate from University of California San Diego
  • Learn about all the business functions and related decisions in managing a business in the pharmaceutical industry
  • The modular design of the programme over 7 residencies enables participants to continue working while pursuing the programme
  • Uniquely crafted to hone leadership talent while being deeply rooted in the domains relevant to the Pharmaceutical, Bio-Pharma, Health, and Life Sciences industries
  • Understand regulatory landscape including Quality Control, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), deeply
  • The programme faculty comprises of globally renowned senior faculty from world-class institutions, as well as global industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovation champions
  • Highlight, recognise and learn to solve real-time challenges faced by the organisation in a competitive business environment
  • Imbibe leadership orientation and skills among professionals and build capabilities of leading teams across volatile and complex market challenges
  • Train through industry knowledge sessions, practices and masterclasses, business research and strategic simulations to equip them to become more agile in navigating competitive and regulatory dynamics
  • Develop capabilities to build and manage markets entry/exit strategies with robust product/brand portfolios
  • Develop capabilities in Data Science and Analytics along with an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Sharpen specific organisational initiatives and projects under the guidance of globally reputed faculty
  • Build a culture for perpetual learning, development and coaching to help build and sustain professional growth, both for self and your teams
  • Networking opportunity with industry leaders and peers
  • Special discount for female candidates aspiring to become leaders for more challenging roles and responsibilities
  • Access to Alumni benefits at Ahmedabad University

Programme USPs

28

Cutting-Edge Course Modules

7+

Incisive
Masterclasses

1

Bespoke Capstone
Project

7

On-Campus
Residencies

22

Months Modular
Programme

25+

Globally Acclaimed
Faculty

28+

Projects and
assignments

550+

Hours of On-Group
Training

24+

Hours of Industry
Roadshow

1200+

Hours of Intense
Programme Learning

 

Programme Curriculum

  • Growth & Innovation in Global Pharmaceuticals Industry
  • Innovation in Healthtech & Health Economics
  • Global Drug Regulatory and Legal Environment
  • Economics of Pharmaceuticals
  • Managing Small Molecules, Biologics and Macromolecules Product Development
  • Pharmacotherapy and Diseases
  • Health Outcomes Evidence
  • Business Ethics in Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical Research & Trials
  • Pre-Clinical and Clinical Regulatory Submissions & Strategy
  • Principles of Cost-Effective Analysis in Drug Development and Markets
  • Product Management & Marketing
  • Managed Markets and Supply Chains – Post Marketing Drug Utilization Management
  • Financial Management
  • Partnership Models in Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Lean Operations & Continuous Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Leveraged and Inorganic Growth: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Global Intellectual Property Rights: Patent Strategy and Freedom to Operate
  • Data Science & Statistics
  • Leadership Forum: Building Agility & Adaptive Capacity
  • Analytics and Digital Transformation in the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Global Reimbursement and Value Capture Strategies
  • Strategy and R&D Portfolio Management
  • Leadership Forum: Building Decision Making Capabilities and Performance Orientation
  • Risk Management and Business Development
  • Business Communication

28 Cutting-Edge
Course Modules

Incisive
Masterclasses

Bespoke Capstone
Project

Programme Schedule

Duration2 years

Number of courses28

Programme begins:September 2020

Number of on-campus residencies (R): 7

The modular design of the programme over 7 residencies enables participants to continue working while pursuing the programme. The inter-residency periods conducted over digital medium has sessions that focus on assessments, tutorials, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, discussion forums and master classes.

RESIDENCIES

  • R1 September 2020
  • R2 December 2020
  • R3 April 2021
  • R4 July 2021
  • R5 September 2021
  • R6 December 2021
  • R7 April 2022
Six Residencies at Ahmedabad University and One Residency at UC San Diego.

Each Residency will have a duration of 7 to 8 days; and total number of contact days for the entire programme is expected to be between 52-55 days.

Fees

The total tuition fee for the programme is INR 12 Lakh. The break-up of the tuition fee is INR 9.5 Lakh (payable as INR 4.75 Lakh per year in advance); and an additional INR 2.5 Lakh (payable ahead of the residency at the University of California San Diego campus in the USA).
Female participants can avail 10% discount on the programme fee of INR 9.5 Lakh.

The above-mentioned total fee includes the following:

  • Tuition fees at Ahmedabad University and UC San Diego
  • All reading material, simulation licenses, case studies and select books
  • Accommodation at a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad and San Diego
  • Pick-up and Drop facilities between Hotel and Ahmedabad University campus
  • All meals during the residencies

The Fee does not cover the cost of travel (including visa fees) for the residencies; participants will have to make their own travel arrangements. The precise dates for the fee’s payment schedule will be announced to the selected applicants in their admission letters.

Globally Acclaimed Faculty



Pankaj Chandra

Pankaj Chandra

Vice Chancellor
Ahmedabad University
PhD
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Bibek Banerjee

Bibek Banerjee

Senior Dean
Strategic Initiatives and Planning
Ahmedabad University
PhD
Krannert Graduate School
Purdue University
Devanath Tirupati

Devanath Tirupati

Dean
Amrut Mody School of Management
Ahmedabad University
PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vish Krishnan

Vish Krishnan

Chaired Professor and the
Faculty Director of CIID
Rady School of Management
UC San Diego
PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Delbert F. Foit

Delbert F. Foit

Emeritus Professor
Rady School of Management
UC San Diego
MBA
Rider University
Michael Pollock

Michael Pollock

VP - Global Market Access
Akcea Therapeutics
Adjunct Professor
Rady School of Management
UC San Diego
HND
University of Ulster
John York

John York

Principal and CEO
Akita Biomedical
Adjunct Faculty
UC San Diego
PharmaD
University of Michigan
Arindam Banerjee

Arindam Banerjee

Professor
IIM Ahmedabad
PhD
University at Buffalo
Mukund Dixit

Mukund Dixit

Professor (Retired)
IIM Ahmedabad
PhD
IIT Kanpur
Rakesh Godhwani

Rakesh Godhwani

Chairman
School of Meaningful Experiences
Adjunct Professor
IIM Bangalore
PGSEM, MBA
IIM Bangalore
PhD
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Kiran Marthak

Dr Kiran Marthak

Director – Clinical Development
Lambda Therapeutic Research
MD
The Grant Government Medical College
Piyush Mehta

Piyush Mehta

Professor
IIM Calcutta
PhD
IIM Ahmedabad
Partha Ray

Partha Ray

Professor
IIM Calcutta
PhD
University of Mumbai
Kausalya Santhanam

Kausalya Santhanam

Founder and CEO
SciVistai IP and Communication
LLB
University of Mumbai
PhD
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Dipyaman Sanyal

Dipyaman Sanyal

Founder and CEO
Dōnō Consulting
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
CFA Institute
MS
The University of Texas at Dallas
Kumar Veetrag

Kumar Veetrag

Co-founder, Head Engineering and Product
enParadigm Performance Solutions
MBA
Virginia Tech
Sundar Venkatesh

Sundar Venkatesh

Adjunct Faculty and Advisor to Executive Director
Asian Institute of Technology
Fellow
IIM Ahmedabad
Pallavi Vyas

Pallavi Vyas

Associate Professor
Amrut Mody School of Management
Ahmedabad University
PhD
University of Chicago

Leadership Insights



Sudarshan Jain

Sudarshan Jain

Former Managing Director
Abbott Healthcare
Senior Advisor
APAX Partners
Visiting Faculty
IIM Ahmedabad
PGDM
IIM Ahmedabad
Mohamedi Kagalwala

Mohamedi Kagalwala

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Siragen Pharmaceuticals
MBA
UC San Diego
PhD
Southern Illinois University
Prakash Mody

Prakash Mody

Chairman and Managing Director
Unichem Laboratories
MBA
Harvard Business School
PhD
University of Mumbai
Milan Paleja

Milan Paleja

Former MD and Vice Chairman
Novartis India Limited
Founder and MD
Wellesta Holdings
AICWA
Institute of Costs and Works Accountants of India
Amish Vyas

Amish Vyas

Managing Director
Baxter India
MBA
Gujarat University
Ajay Bhatt

Ajay Bhatt

President – Global Human Resources
Intas Pharmaceuticals
Master of Social Work
MSU Baroda

Executive Education Team



Harnish N Gajjar

Harnish N Gajjar

Associate Director and Programme Director
Ahmedabad University
SEP
London Business School
MBA
University of East London
Aravind Panicker

Aravind Panicker

Academic Coordinator
Ahmedabad University
MBA
ICFAI University
Hirak Acharya

Hirak Acharya

Programme Coordinator
Ahmedabad University
BBA
Ahmedabad University
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