Student Profiles

Jacob Wax, LSM '17

Hometown: 
Greenlawn, NY

On LSM:

LSM has an incredibly strong sense of community. The program fosters a collaborative environment in which everyone is striving for the same end goals: gaining insights into the connections between life sciences and business. I often find myself around fellow LSM students, both in academic settings as well as social settings. I really enjoyed LSMP 121, the LSM Proseminar. This class, taken during the first semester of freshman year, was an amazing way to dive into the intertwined nature of science and business through a number of interesting speakers from backgrounds ranging from medicine to private equity. Lastly, I had a great time at this past year's LSM retreat. A recent addition to the LSM program, the retreat is a way to both bring the freshman and sophomore classes closer as well as to bring in speakers from the LSM advisory board to discuss their experiences in the professional world. All in all, it was an amazing experience that had me excited about what the future has in store!

What kind of internship work have you done?

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Translational Medicine group at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. As a subset of the company that often finds itself at the interface between clinical strategy and product commercialization, the Translation Medicine group was a fantastic application of what I've been learning in the LSM curriculum thus far. I worked on a number of projects this summer, all of which related to the study of orphan diseases. I spent time researching over 200 orphan diseases and creating a database for the company's future use.

What was the most valuable part of your internship experience?

My work with orphan diseases and the Translational Medicine group was an incredibly valuable experience, but the most valuable aspect of the internship was the cutting-edge, innovative, and fast-paced atmosphere of Regeneron as a whole. As an intern, I had the opportunity to sit in on meetings about pipeline updates, potential targets, and clinical trials. I was able to speak with experts from all different areas of the company, including bioinformatics, clinical strategy, commercialization, business development, and investor relations, and hear about their experiences in their various fields. Regeneron is a fascinating biopharmaceutical company; it is one of the few of its kind to take ideas from start to finish in the development pipeline. Being able to witness the entire drug development process at a company that does it all was truly an invaluable experience.

What is your favorite experience at Penn so far?

I recently got back from an international performance tour with the Penn Glee Club, an all-male choir and the oldest performance group at Penn. We travelled to Qatar, Tanzania, and the U.A.E., and it was such an incredible experience. Being able to spread the joy of music around the world alongside my brothers in song was truly unforgettable!