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KPIC Names Alumnus as New Chair

Posted on: June 24, 2020;  Updated on: July 17, 2020

The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy welcomes James Lindsay Cobbs as the new chair for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center.

In his new role, Cobbs will focus his efforts on creating a new regulatory affairs curriculum for students in the College of Pharmacy, including classroom, cocurricular, experiential, and post-graduate opportunities, as well as supporting Nephron Pharmaceuticals in regulatory affairs.

“My priorities are developing Entrepreneurial programs, a Pharm.D. Regulatory Educational Program, and a Residency / Postgraduate program in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.”

Cobbs brings a wide array of career experiences to KPIC, ranging from clinical pharmacy to global policy development in the pharmaceutical industry. After graduating from the UofSC College of Pharmacy in 1992, he launched his career as a staff pharmacist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. After four years, he entered public service as a regulatory affairs professional at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he served as regulatory project manager, special assistant and lead project manager in the Office of Compliance and later as associate director for regulatory affairs in the Office of Translational Sciences.

Cobbs later transitioned to the corporate sector, working with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson as a policy lead in the Americas, Global Regulatory and Policy Intelligence Department. Cobbs then became the head of US Policy, Global Regulatory Policy and Intelligence for UCB (Union Chimique Belge translated as Union Chemical of Belgium), a multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

My career journey is one example of a non-traditional pharmacist that, through my work, enabled me to touch the lives of millions of patients around the world.

James Lindsay Cobbs, R.Ph.  Chair, Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center

Cobbs is excited to take on this next challenge with KPIC. “My experience as a practicing pharmacist at Johns Hopkins Hospital where I was able to touch the lives of individual patients; a public health servant at FDA where I co-led drug review teams helping to make regulatory decisions on novel drug products intended to treat serious and life-threatening diseases for Americans; in the pharmaceutical industry where I led or helped drive the development of polices, regulations and laws intended to incentivize drug development and ensure the safety and effectiveness of medicines has brought me to this platform at KPIC where I can help the UofSC College of Pharmacy transform the pharmacy profession in this unique role,” he adds.

He also hopes to serve as a role model for pharmacy students. “My career journey is one example of a non-traditional pharmacist that, through my work, enabled me to touch the lives of millions of patients around the world. There are many avenues to a pharmacy career. This is especially true in this changing landscape of the profession. Constructing a nontraditional pharmacy role involves creativity, building a network, and involvement with pharmacy and other health care organizations to create a new lane for pharmacy careers. More and more pharmacists are specializing through residency training and fellowships. State legislation is driving emerging opportunities in community pharmacy such as prescribing contraceptives, point-of-care testing for flu, administration of flu vaccines and long-acting injectable medications and pharmacogenetic testing. There are also opportunities for pharmacists to step into roles to meet public health needs like the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the appropriate use of antimicrobials and opioids. It could also mean embarking on unique entrepreneurial pharmacy career paths.”

“We want KPIC and the UofSC College of Pharmacy to be known for preparing pharmacists for both traditional (clinical and community pharmacy) and non-traditional roles from public health, law and business, or healthcare policy and unique entrepreneurial career paths to reach their professional goals. This is what will provide students the best value for their education training and dollars.”

[Cobbs] will broaden the scope of what KPIC can offer our students and alumni ...

Patti Fabel, Pharm.D.  Executive Director, Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center

Patti Fabel, Pharm.D. and executive director of KPIC, is looking forward to joining efforts with Cobbs. “Our faculty, staff, and students can learn a great deal from him due to his background, experience and skill set,” Fabel says. “He will broaden the scope of what KPIC can offer our students and alumni by developing a regulatory affairs program. I'm excited to see the impact he has on the center and college.”

Dean Stephen J. Cutler welcomes Cobbs as an exceedingly accomplished expert in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. “His addition to our faculty will bring added depth and breadth to our educational program as we launch our college’s latest initiative, the Regulatory Affairs Academic Program,” Cutler adds. “This academic program will offer regulatory education to our pharmacy students, provide postgraduate education for residents and fellows, and give another educational track to our graduate program. Our partnership with Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation will afford us a working laboratory for the development of future pharmacists and scientists serving in regulatory affairs. We are thrilled that Lindsay Cobbs will shepherd this initiative for the College of Pharmacy.”

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