Meet AZAdvances Intern Katie Nguyen

Dec 15, 2023

My learning expectations were to research and learn about various clinical trials for glioblastomas, breast cancer, and lung cancers and to gain insight into the market landscape for drug development. I built a project that can be used as a reference for hundreds of different clinical trials containing drug names, primary competitions, mechanisms, routes of administration, and company data. I primarily conducted my detailed research within but utilized many other scientific sources as well. I have been working on my project since September.  In December, I had the opportunity to present my project results to the management team at Reglagene.  

As an intern at Reglagene, I learned the components of a clinical trial and the time, resources, and marketing that are put into it. I saw that clinical trials mostly have three objectives: creating new drugs, repurposing old drugs, or trying to improve a current treatment method. I noticed that new drugs are commonly small-molecule drugs or biologics and also learned many objectives of big pharmaceutical companies to incorporate into my project. These specific data points helped create a more cohesive image of the market landscape, as well as strengthened my understanding of the mechanisms of small molecule drugs and biologics from the foundation of my major-specific courses from school.

 Through lots of hard work and time, I became efficient in evaluating clinical results and their relevance to the company and future marketing. While doing so, I was guided by Dr. Abrahamson to ensure I was fulfilling the expectations of this project. He is a huge part of my success in this internship.

(At right, AZAdvances Intern, Katie Nguyen with her mentor, Dr. Michael Abrahamson.)

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