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KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Partners with Profusa, Inc., for Fellowship Program

The Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is proud to partner with Profusa, Inc., to offer two 2-year PharmD Industry Fellowships in Medical Affairs.

Founded in 2018, the KGI Biopharmaceutical Industry Fellowship program aims to provide exceptional biopharmaceutical industry training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates in critical operational areas. This program will prepare fellows for a career in the biotechnology industry by focusing on developing a deep understanding of how companies operate.

“We are excited to work with Profusa, Inc., to develop this Medical Affairs Fellowship opportunity,” said Bernard Tyrrell, the associate dean for pharmacy and industry relations at KGI’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with our colleagues at Profusa to help develop the next generation of industry leaders.”

Profusa, Inc. Medical Affairs Fellowship

The two-year Medical Affairs Fellowships will provide an opportunity to learn the skills and experiences necessary to excel as a pharmacist in Medical Affairs, a key function in any biotechnology company. The fellowship will be based out of the Profusa offices in San Francisco, CA.

About Profusa, Inc.

Profusa’s mission is to make our body’s chemistry easily accessible to improve health and wellness. We are dedicated to becoming a leader in the development of real-time biosensors that provide unprecedented insights into our overall health status.


Profusa is establishing a PharmD fellowship program looking for enthusiastic, detail-oriented individuals to join the Medical Affairs team. The fellows will be exposed to all aspects of Medical Device Development with focus on Medical Affairs matters including clinical intelligence, strategic clinical study design, clinical study preparation and conduct in relation to regulatory submission needs, data analysis/reporting and publication, Medical Advisory Board interactions, KOL (Key Opinion Leader) mapping, and device vigilance recording. The fellows will also be involved defining user needs and medical gaps supporting medical market analyses.  They will interface with cross-functional teams internally and CROs, clinicians, thought leaders, and IRB organizations externally.

Profusa is developing medical device products in the field of biosensing and in vivo diagnostics for multiple analytes including oxygen and glucose. Profusa is actively pursuing device development studies, safety, and efficacy studies, as well as supporting Investigator Initiated studies. Overall, evidence generation and reporting is particularly important serving as input for regulatory/reimbursement submissions, manuscript preparations, clinical evaluations, product iterations, and other deliverables related to product lifecycle management. The Fellow will work collaboratively within the Medical Affairs team and other Profusa team members to achieve these goals.

Fellows will spend 90 percent of their time on duties specific to the industry site and 10 percent of time on professional development activities with the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. All fellows will be eligible for adjunct faculty status.   

Fellowship Eligibility Requirements  

A candidate:

  • Must be a PharmD graduate from an accredited U.S. School of Pharmacy
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States and on-site in the San Francisco, CA area
  • The Fellowship will start Oct. 15, 2018 and end Oct. 14, 2020

For more information about the fellowship, please contact Bernard Tyrrell.