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Bernard Tyrrell Joins KGI as Associate Dean for School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

On Sept. 13, 2017, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Founding Dean Kathy Webster announced that Bernard Tyrrell will serve as the program’s associate dean for industry and pharmacy relations.

With 34 years of experience in industry and another six years in academia, Tyrrell most recently served as the associate dean and department chair of pharmaceutical business and administrative sciences at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS) University. He also held roles as associate professor and program director while leading the university’s fellowship program.

“Bernie brings a wealth of experience to this role,” Webster said. “He enhanced the quality of the programs at MCPHS and we are excited for his future contributions here at KGI. Bernie is poised to help us develop leaders in the healthcare industry.”

Prior to his time at MCPHS University, Tyrrell was a senior global pharmaceutical commercial leader focused on delivering the key elements of marketing strategy and business development within specialty medicines, especially oncology.

“There is a tremendous marketplace demand to prepare pharmacists for all types of settings within industry,” Tyrrell said. “It is our job to expose students early on to the wide range of opportunities through internships and experiential education. I am excited to help KGI students broaden the scope of their career pathways within the field of pharmacy.”

Tyrrell has vast experience, within the United States and the European Union, in pharmaceutical companies including Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Otsuka. He also has experience with biotech companies such as Oncor and Biotechnology General, where he developed extensive expertise in commercializing new and existing brands within multiple therapeutic areas.

A registered pharmacist in the state of Massachusetts, Tyrrell earned his bachelor’s in pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, and an MBA at Bryant University in Providence, RI. The first half of Tyrrell’s career included a 20-year stint at Eli Lilly and Company.

Tyrrell is joining KGI one month after the School of Pharmacy introduced its Class of 2021 at the fourth annual White Coat Ceremony. The first KGI pharmacy graduates will receive their degrees in May 2018.

KGI School of Pharmacy’s mission is to develop innovative pharmacists who will serve the needs of individual patients, the healthcare system, and the bioscience industry. KGI’s program emphasizes inter-professional collaboration, systematic problem solving, the safe, efficient and ethical use of technology and biotechnology, and personalized patient care.