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Medical Science Liaison/Senior Medical Science Liaison- Northern California/Nevada

Company: Alkermes, Inc.
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: March 14, 2018

Job Description:

Alkermes plc is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The company has a diversified commercial product portfolio and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates for chronic diseases that include schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes website at .

Alkermes is recruiting for a Medical Science Liaison or Senior Medical Science Liaison to join the Medical Affairs team. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing the field medical affairs strategy for Alkermes marketed products and compounds in our pipeline. This is a field based position covering a regional territory in Northern California and Nevada. Ideal candidates will reside in or near these areas.

Alkermes has a strong history of formulation technology and drug delivery. Through partnerships with major drug companies, this technology is widely used in several marketed products, particularly in the CNS market. Over the past decade we have transitioned to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with our own internal commercial operations. It s a unique business model where our partnership arrangements, and a marketed product, are helping to fund our proprietary R&D pipeline.

Our pipeline is strong and expanding. It includes late-stage drug candidates for the treatments of schizophrenia and major depressive disorder along with three promising new drug candidates recently announced in the areas of multiple sclerosis, pain and oncology. In addition we have two marketed products, one for treatment of opioid and alcohol dependence and another for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Position Summary:

This is a field based Medical Science Liaison/Senior Medical Science Liaison role reporting to a National Director, MSLs.


* Clinical and Scientific Intelligence: Maintains and updates knowledge and expertise relevant to the therapeutic areas that Alkermes is focused in. Attends therapeutically focused meetings and congresses to interact with Thought Leaders, as well as attends symposia, plenary sessions, etc. and shares insights with home office Medical Affairs team. Facilitates deeper understanding of TLs, clinical trial investigators and policy makers, their unmet needs, roles, influence and their role in decision making.

* Regional Trends and Scientific Exchange: Maintains comprehensive knowledge of TLs within territory. Understands the interconnectivity of the key decision makers within and the challenges faced in providing and delivering optimal patient care across multiple therapeutic areas. Collaboratively engages TLs by region. Upon unsolicited request, delivers approved, fair-balanced disease state, clinical and scientific presentations to TL audiences, state and county policy makers, and criminal justice entities.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to :

* Generate tactical plans to provide needs-based education; compliantly execute on approved field scientific communication plan(s).

* Identify, establish, and maintain clinical and scientific relationships with Thought Leaders (TLs) in both academic and community settings including individual physicians, researchers, managed markets medical and pharmacy directors.

* Act as primary conduit to investigators interested in developing research collaborations with Alkermes.

* Engage with and educate clinical investigators as needed in support of Alkermes sponsored studies.

* Attend and provide Medical Affairs support at scientific conferences.

* Expand on and leverage TL relationships by aligning TL expertise with Alkermes needs and successfully connect TLs internally to serve as advisors, investigators, guest experts etc.

* Serve as subject matter expert on multiple indications and/or products and/or activities to internal and external stakeholders. Respond, as appropriate, to unsolicited requests for medical/scientific information.

* Provide clinical presentations and educational information in academic, community and healthcare provider settings.

* Provide routine scientific insights that arise through appropriate external scientific interactions, discussions and meetings.

* Consistently provide clinical trial support by identifying and referring qualified sites internally as well as providing scientific support to research sites.

* Flexible and adaptable while maintaining a positive outlook that inspires others.


* Doctoral level preferred in Pharmacy, Medicine, Biological Sciences, Health Services Research or Public Health, (i.e., Pharm.D., M.D., Ph.D.).

* Experience in pharmaceutical industry preferred; or relevant clinical/medical/research experience.

* Understanding of Medical Affairs and the role of the department in drug development and product commercialization.

* Product launch experience is a plus.

* CNS or Addiction therapeutic area experience desired.

* Excellent written/verbal communication and presentation skills.

* Strong leadership skills and innovative attitude.

* Willingness to travel (approximately 75%) within assigned territory, to conferences, and the home office.

* Flexible to changing priorities, detail-oriented, and works well under pressure.

Alkermes, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other cl ass protected by state or federal law.


Keywords: Alkermes, Inc., Sacramento, Medical Science Liaison/Senior Medical Science Liaison- Northern California/Nevada, Healthcare, Sacramento, California

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