Shrenik Desai

Master’s in Regulatory Affairs

In a way, Shrenik Desai is the ultimate middle man. Fitting for a guy who moved to Boston from halfway around the world and keeps racking up important connections en route to pushing life-saving breakthroughs out the door.

Desai, a 2012 graduate of Northeastern’s Regulatory Affairs of Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices program, works in regulatory affairs at Millennium Pharmaceuticals — the oncology division of Japanese drug giant Takeda.

“To come to work each day knowing that what we do is making a difference in the lives of so many patients is the greatest feeling one can experience,” he said.

Desai, who grew up in western India, made the move to Boston in 2010 and has been fostering connections ever since his arrival in the states. He’s a firm believer that networking and collaborating are the ultimate way to share ideas, and something that plays a vital role in his work.

When he was accepted into Northeastern’s graduate program, Desai felt some trepidation. He had never been outside of India and knew no one in the United States other than a few distant relatives.

“The best thing about Northeastern is the curriculum,” he said. “Regulatory affairs is divided into three parts: medical devices, drugs and biologics. Some master’s programs focus only on devices; some just focus on drugs. The Northeastern program is designed to provide exposure to all three.”

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