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 professionals in intense interactions with experienced colleagues and select global faculty on key issues affecting 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.

Key Benefits of the Programme

  • Gain deep insight into the competitive dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Develop sharply defined strategic orientation to drive growth and value creation
  • Understand regulatory landscape including Quality Control, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), deeply
  • Focus on balancing immediate business goals with long-term sustainability for leadership in the pharmaceutical and healthcare space
  • Align and integrate cross-functional trade-offs for optimal business impact, by deploying problem-solving tools and techniques focused on the industry context
  • Optimise execution skills with an in-depth understanding of business analytics, technology and modelling (process & data), documentation, communication, verification and validation requirements and its application in the pharmaceutical value chain
  • Acquire requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to inspire and lead high-performance teams for global market leadership in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Opportunity to network with a diverse spectrum of participants from the Cohort and the Alumni
  • Access to the Alumni benefits at Ahmedabad University

Who Must Attend?

  • Professionals associated with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Professionals in Life Sciences and Consultants within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Professionals associated with biotechnology, bioinformatics and health care industries
  • Promoters/Business owners across pharmaceutical and healthcare ventures
  • Pharmacists and medical practitioners
  • Participants must ideally have 6-15 years of work experience

Successful participants of the programme will be awarded an MBA Degree by Ahmedabad University along with a Certificate by the Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego.

Significant Benefits for Organisations

  • Train senior professionals 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
  • Highlight and help recognise, and solve for, 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
  • Develop capabilities to build and manage market entry/exit strategies with robust product/brand portfolios
  • 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 themselves and their teams
 

Curriculum Outline

  • Changing Nature of Global Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Technological Developments in Pharmaceuticals
  • Global Drug Regulatory and Legal Environment
  • Economics of Pharmaceuticals
  • Managing Small Molecules, Biologics and Macromolecules Product Development
  • Pharmacotherapy and Diseases
  • Health Outcomes Evidence
  • Ethics
  • Contract Research & Clinical 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
  • Global Intellectual Property Rights: Patent Strategy and Freedom to Operate
  • Partnership Models in Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Lean Operations & Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  • Leveraged and Inorganic Growth: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Management
  • Data & 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

Master Classes

One-to-one Interactions with Industry Experts

The Capstone Project

Real-time Industry Experience

Programme Schedule

Duration2 years

Number of courses27

Programme begins:September 2019

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 2019
  • R2 December 2019
  • R3 April 2020
  • R4 July 2020
  • R5 September 2020
  • R6 December 2020
  • R7 April 2021

Each residency will be of duration 7 to 9 days; and total number of contact days for the entire programme is expected to be between 52-55 days.

Fees

The Fee is Rs 4.5 Lakhs per year. Female candidates will be provided a discount of 10% on the total fees.

The above-mentioned fee includes the following:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Cost of Material required as part of the course work (Books, Reading materials, cases, etc.)
  • Boarding & Lodging during the residencies
  • Pick Up and Drop Facilities from Hotel to Campus
  • Food expenses for the residency

The Fee does not cover the cost of travel 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 with their admission letters.

The above fees are based on all residencies being conducted at Ahmedabad University campus. In case one residency is scheduled in the USA, then additional charges will apply.

Select 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
Arindam Banerjee

Arindam Banerjee

Professor
IIM Ahmedabad
PhD
University at Buffalo
William Ettuati

Williams Ettouati

Director
Industrial Relations and Development
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
UC San Diego
Pharm. D.
Paris Descartes University
Delbert F. Foit

Delbert F. Foit

Emeritus Professor
Rady School of Management
UC San Diego
MBA
Rider University
Rakesh Godhwani

Rakesh Godhwani

Chairman
School of Meaningful Experiences
Adjunct Professor
IIM Bangalore
PGSEM, MBA
IIM Bangalore
PhD
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Mohamedi Kagalwala

Mohamedi Kagalwala

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

AVK Mohan

Director
Executive Education
Ahmedabad University
MA
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Michael Pollock

Michael Pollock

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

Industry Leaders (Master Classes)



Prakash Mody

Prakash Mody

Chairman and Managing Director
Unichem Laboratories
MBA
Harvard Business School
PhD
University of Mumbai
Sudarshan Jain

Sudarshan Jain

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

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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