Program Overview

The Orange Grove Bio CMC Fellows Program is a year-long unpaid remote internship program offered to University of Cincinnati doctoral students (some masters students and post-docs) that gives them substantive training in early-stage biotech or pharmaceutical CMC. The most promising candidates from the Fellows Program are eligible for full-time hire into Orange Grove upon completion of the program. The internship emphasizes soft skill building, such as understanding vendor relationships and project management, as well as understanding CMC. The Fellows are actively involved in core projects, including CMC diligence, regulatory research, presentations, and CMC planning at portfolio companies.

The Fellows Program is offered exclusively at partner universities of Orange Grove Bio.

Program Purpose

The goal of the Program is to introduce CMC to students through a full immersion program that gives them a substantial and unfiltered experience. It is an important way that Orange Grove Bio helps partner universities to strengthen their life science ecosystem that directly benefits the educational prerogatives of the University.

Program Design

  • ~1-2 students will be selected from the partner university for the Program
  • The Program will run for a calendar year (12 months).
  • Typically, students commit 5-10 hours a week for a substantial educational experience with flexible timing.
  • Students work directly with the firm’s senior management, who are life sciences industry veterans with stellar track records of success and decades of experience.
  • Students will be assigned to CMC projects, including diligence exercises, regulatory research, and portfolio company-specific research on special projects under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
  • Students are taught basic and advanced CMC procedures through monthly training sessions and gain experience in CMC program planning and various process development methods commonly used in the life sciences business.
  • Students are frequently asked to present their work at team meetings.
  • Numerous optional educational experiences such as attending virtual presentations and conferences, participating in Lunch & Learn Seminars with speakers on relevant topics, or joining the management team for meetings with other companies to learn about advancements across the industry.
  • Opportunity to network, collaborate and share knowledge with other Fellows from leading research institutions through bi-monthly meetings

Background on Orange Grove

Founded by Marc Appel (ex-McKinsey and Marathon), Orange Grove Bio (“OGB”) is a drug venture and development company. OGB has partnered with some of the country’s best research universities to drive down the cost of pre-clinical drug development and bring to patients more transformational medicines in autoimmune, inflammatory diseases, and oncology.