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Youve asked a very broad question and specifics of your particular situation would help to give an actionable answer. But here goes with some kind or direction. Of course the easy answer would be; theoretical knowledge as well as practical knowledge and experience. Pharmaceuticals is an industry, so youd have to narrow it down to a specific subject to gain a useful action plan from the answer to your question. In addition however, in my opinion, you should know about the requirements of the regulatory agencies and their guidance. In the USA it is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which sets the rules by which all companies must operate. Knowledge of the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines, and monographs (in the USA that would be United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP/NF). I would lobby your institution for some kind of course that introduces or surveys how these organizations influence and control how the pharmaceutical industry goes about its business. Most entry level interviewees have heard of the FDA, but Ive not met any that understand the FDAs real value in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition none are aware of the value and use of the other organization Astor