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 http://newdigs.mit.edu/programs-projects/focus
We have an immediate opening for a research assistant (graduate student or post-doc fellow) to assist in the analysis of the potential of the products in the pipeline to reach the market. Under the guidance of experts, the RA 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 candidate has an interest in Healthcare, Health Economics, Medicine or Epidemiology and is available to work 15 – 20hours per week. Beginning immediately, this position is throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters (with possible extension through Summer 2022). This exciting academic research project will be prefect for someone with a strong understanding of or experience in the medical terminology and/or applied economics in healthcare. This project brings together actual drug development pipeline data (involving potential treatments for more than 270 indications) in a multi-stakeholder perspective.
Candidate will interact with the FoCUS Project research team. This will provide exposure and learning experience from a healthcare, medical, policy and economics perspectives.
- Experience with medical/clinical terms, conducting literature reviews and basic research tasks.
- Strong interest (and/or experience) in public health and health policy.
- High level of competency in Excel, knowledge of SQL scripts and/or Python preferred.
- Preferable to have some background in economics and interest in the healthcare field.
- Available to start immediately and work throughout the Spring 2022 term (with possible extension through Summer 2022).