Graduate Experiential Programs

Experiential Program in Drug Development

In 2020, the Ohio State University Center for Innovation Strategies (CIS) launched a new Experiential Program in Drug Development (EPDD) for MBA and graduate students. Led by Brian Wulff, PhD, the program provides a valuable opportunity for students with a STEM-based degree who are pursuing a graduate business degree at the Fisher College of Business. Thanks to a generous gift from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, this experiential program draws upon the breadth of expertise at Ohio State by strengthening the relationship between Fisher, CIS and the Wexner Medical Center, a partnership that is centered by the strong connection between CIS and the Drug Development Institute (DDI)The EPDD offers firsthand experience in the drug development process through interaction and support provided to university and external partners. Structured as a two-year position for graduate business students, participating graduate assistants support the drug development programs of CIS partners through market analysis and competitive intelligence work.

Justin Webbs
Justin Webbs, EPDD Graduate Assistant

In the spring of 2021, CIS welcomed the first EPDD Graduate Assistant, Justin Webbs. Coming into this position, Justin held a BA in economics and had experience with a local healthcare and technology-focused investment bank. Justin received over 20 hours of personalized instruction on topics including dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry, intellectual property, bioethics, cancer biology, medical technology assessment, and pharmaceutical market analysis. During his brief time with CIS, Justin completed a project to assess the potential market of a technology in the DDI portfolio and developed a valuation model to inform ongoing licensing negotiations. CIS was also able to connect Justin with an internship at a local biotech company. Justin graduated in May 2021 with his MBA in finance.

This initial test of the EPDD model was highly successful, allowing us to quickly and efficiently jumpstart the program. CIS is currently seeking new graduate associates--one first-year graduate student and a second year graduate student in order to establish a pattern of a junior and a senior graduate assistant in the coming years. Ideal candidates should have aspirations of working in a drug-development capacity within the pharmaceutical industry. Selected students receive a part-time graduate research (GRA) position and will work with Dr. Wulff to analyze pharmaceutical technologies from a business perspective, while gaining experience conducting primary and secondary research and exposure to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

2020 Mangurian Impact Report

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Wulff,


Thank you to The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation for their support of the Experiential Program in Drug Development.