Mar 14, 2019

Medical Science Director, US – Southeast

  • Audentes Therapeutics
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
Full time Pharmaceutical Medical Affairs

Job Description

The Role

Reporting to the Director, Field Medical Affairs, the Medical Science Director (MSD) is a remote employee that helps drive success of Audentes gene therapy programs by engaging and developing relationships with key decision-makers and medical experts to: 1) facilitate program success by uncovering where patients are being treated, understanding the diagnostic and treatment journey for patients, educating physicians about gene therapy and our clinical trials, identifying potential clinical trial and referral centers and partnering cross-functionally to successfully execute clinical trials, and developing and executing territory specific medical strategy to support clinical and commercial stages, 2) conduct fair and balanced scientific exchange with health care practitioners in clinics and at medical congresses, including capturing clinical and scientific insights to help inform clinical development programs and gather information about the competitive landscape.

The Field Medical Affairs team is critical at this exciting stage for our company as we continue to bring innovative gene therapy science into clinical trials for patients with severe, rare diseases with an unmet need. MSDs, as the global field medical face of Audentes, are essential to collaborating with, and incorporating the perspective of, external experts in our development programs.

The open position is for United States - Southeast and will cover the southeastern part of the country, and contribute to our growing global Field Medical Affairs organization.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Find physicians treating patients with the rare diseases for which we are developing therapies
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with key medical experts in the region
  • Serve as scientific resource to disease experts and medical community with up-to-date relevant medical information and product information
  • Enhance clinical trial enrollment through identifying PIs, educating about protocols and facilitating relationships between PIs and Clinical Operations, and assisting with start-up activities as needed
  • Provide insights on the rapidly evolving academic and competitive gene therapy space to support strategic decision making
  • Respond to requests for medical information in the region; ensure that an accurate and fair-balanced response is provided consistent with company compliance training
  • Gather clinical insights and information about the population and treatment landscape for each disease state with timely communication to and alignment with internal partners, including core and subteams, to facilitate successful design and implementation of clinical programs
  • Work with Medical Affairs colleagues on initiatives including publications, investigator sponsored research, advisory boards, symposia, and resources
  • Serve as a scientific resource at key medical and scientific conferences, and liaise with patient advocacy groups and diagnostic labs as needed
  • Engage payers and physicians to provide medical input on health economics outcomes research
  • Develop expertise and in depth understanding of gene therapy, disease states, products, competitors, marketplace, related medical areas and regulatory guidelines to be able to effectively present clinical data to inform physicians, payers and internal partners

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • PhD/ PharmD/MD with 5+ years Field Medical Affairs (e.g., MSL) experience
  • Successful track record of finding patients for clinical trials and program planning
  • Passion to help build a new MSL team working at the forefront of gene therapy
  • Self-starter with experience building a territory from scratch, including identifying treating physicians, understanding population and treatment landscapes, and developing strong relationships
  • Ability to develop and execute territory-specific medical plan and contribute to overall Field Medical Affairs strategy
  • Success working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication, listening, and presentation skills to be able to effectively communicate medical information, answer highly technical questions and bring detailed questions and information back to internal teams
  • Proven ability to create materials, including reports and presentations
  • Track record of effective internal cross-functional collaboration
  • History of delivering/adapting to nimbleness of an early clinical stage company
  • Willingness to travel ~50-60%

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Significant leadership, operations, training and/or cross-functional experience, e.g., Clinical Development, Managed Markets, in house Medical Affairs
  • Gene therapy, rare genetic disease, and/or neuromuscular back grounds
  • Clinical and Commercial stage experience, including pre and post launch

Job Details

Reference # 2018-051
Posted on 23 Jan 2019
Closes on  
Location(s) San Francisco
Department Clinical Development
Career level Management
Hours/Status Full-time

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