Dr. George Kohan Promoted to Medical Communications Manager

Congratulations to George Kohan, PharmD, for completing his medical communications fellowship with us. During his fellowship tenure, George has completed a survey project on exploring the collaborative landscape between Medical Affairs Departments and Medical Communications Vendor, which was presented at the Drug Information Association (DIA) meeting.

George has decided to join us as a full-time member and will report to Dr. Eileen Holland. We look forward to his continuing contribution and leadership!

Welcome Ellen Kim, PharmD, as our second fellow

Ellen has professional experience in clinical research and in regulatory affairs. As a fellow, she is responsible for a longitudinal fellowship project and developing the skills necessary to become an effective medical communications manager in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

Ellen has earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California, San Francisco and worked as an intern at Kaiser Permanente throughout her schooling.

Ellen will be under the guidance of Eileen Holland, PharmD, fellowship director.

Fellow George Kohan starts research project

George Kohan, PharmD, our Post-Doctoral Fellow in Medical Communications, is embarking on his fellowship project: A Survey to Examine Partnerships Between Medical Communications Vendors and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies.

His goals are to:

  1. Identify advantages and disadvantages to such partnerships from the clients’ perspectives, with a focus on quality (helping pharmaceutical and biotech companies decide whether to partner with such vendors)
  2. Determine vendor attributes that are most important to clients (helping vendors improve both their agency and service to clients)

Please take about 5 minutes to complete the survey, which is available here. As a token of appreciation for your participation, within the survey you can choose to receive a notice when the survey results are made publicly available.

Internal awards to 4 team members

At the team meeting in Orange County, CA, presentations were made for the:

  • WOW Award for innovation (inspired by the Innovator’s DNA) to
    • Angie Tetmeyer Yazici, PharmD for experimenting and questioning
    • Linda Wang, PharmD for associating
    • Lois Lee, PharmD for experimenting
  • ACE Award, our highest honor, to both Eileen Holland, PharmD and Linda Wang, PharmD for establishing the Fellowship Program

(Left to right): Angie Tetmeyer Yazici, Linda Wang, Eileen Holland, and Lois Lee

CONGRATULATIONS, and thank you for your contribution!

Welcome George Kohan, PharmD, our very first fellow

George has a diverse background of experiences in the pharmaceutical industry. As a student pharmacist at the University of Southern California, George completed an Oncology Medical Affairs summer internship at Genentech, a General Medicine and Bone Early Clinical Development internship at Amgen, and an Ophthalmology Clinical Development rotation at Allergan. George also has past research experience at the University of Southern California, where he studied Ovarian Carcinoma cells and presented a thesis for the conferral of his Master of Science degree in Experimental and Molecular Pathology. George also cofounded and was past President of the Save A Brain Foundation, a federally and state-recognized Non-Profit Organization that raises awareness and funds for brain cancer research.

George will be under the guidance of Eileen Holland, PharmD, fellowship director.