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Jennifer Samp, PharmD, PhD is the Rising Star Award Winner, 2018

Rising Star Award winner Dr. Jennifer Samp with her award presented by Dr. Todd Lee.

Rising Star Award winner Dr. Jennifer Samp with her award presented by Dr. Todd Lee.

The Rising Star Award recognizes alumni who graduated within the last ten years who have distinguished themselves in their careers while showing great promise for the future. Jennifer Samp received the Rising Star honor for her exceptional work that already has gained her considerable recognition.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. She went on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and graduated in 2011. Upon graduation, she pursued a fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research with the UIC College of Pharmacy and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. This fellowship enabled her to complete a Master’s degree in Pharmacy Administration while also getting hands-on research experience with the Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes, and Policy department at the college and the Global Outcomes Research department at Takeda. Having completed the fellowship, and with encouragement from her advisors, Drs. Simon Pickard and Todd Lee, Jennifer decided to pursue a PhD with the UIC College of Pharmacy while starting a full-time position with AbbVie.  Jennifer completed the PhD degree in 2017 with a focus in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics. 

Jennifer initially joined AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) department and worked on the global launch of AbbVie’s first hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. She led research to understand the economic value proposition of HCV treatment to support access to new HCV therapies for patients with HCV in ex-US markets. In 2016, Jennifer moved to support AbbVie’s oncology franchise as the HEOR lead for AbbVie’s first oncology product. In this role, Jennifer led the real-world evidence generation strategy to answer important evidence gaps not addressed through clinical trials.  Most recently, Jennifer has taken on a new position at AbbVie working in the Medical Affairs department and continuing to support the oncology franchise.

Jennifer loves her job because she enjoys conducting research to answer important research questions on new treatments. Through her research, Jennifer’s goal is always to ensure access to new therapies and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. Jennifer enjoys working with interns and fellows who also have a passion for research. 

Jennifer is grateful for the exceptional education she received at the University of Illinois during both her PharmD degree and her graduate studies. Additionally, she is extremely appreciative for all her teachers, mentors, fellow students and colleagues who have supported her along the way and helped her explore non-traditional pharmacy opportunities that have gotten her into the career path that she is in today.  Jennifer is thankful to her family for their continued love and support.