Student Information

Student Name

Giannina Garcia




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Acorda Therapeutics

Mentor(s):Donna Morton

Topic of Internship

Medical Affairs, Operations

Background Information

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Ron Cohen in 1995. Its main function is to develop therapies to improve patients’ lives who suffer from nervous system disorders. Acorda has one major drug on the market, AMPYRA, and a pipeline of products currently entering clinical stages. This product line addresses a multitude of disorders including post-stroke walking deficits, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, heart failure, multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injury. CEO, Chair of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Health Section Governing Board Ron Cohen stated “The biotech industry is among the most innovative in the world, developing life-changing medicines that improve our health, agricultural advances that help us feed an expanding global population, and cleaner, more efficient energy that allows us to fuel our economy while preserving our environment.”

Summary of Internship

As an intern in the Medical Affairs department, I have had the chance to jump head first into the pharmaceutical world. I have met with several PharmDs, the Vice President of Legal, and people from Drug Safety, and Finance. In a company like this, every department is interconnected which has given me a taste of what the biotechnology industry has to offer. Every Thursday, I help my mentor, Donna Morton, with the details and organization of advisory boards, domestic conferences in which doctors discuss new therapies. Through this, I have mastered Excel, making tent cards, selecting hotels, and even booking/canceling flights. With Donna’s influence, I have also had a chance to publish three articles in the Rutgers PharmD Newsletter, The Fellowship Chronicles. Being an intern at Acorda Therapeutics has further solidified my future goals of being a lawyer in the biotechnology field.

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