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Sr Medical Science Liaison/Medical Science Liaison

Avidity Biosciences

Avidity Biosciences

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024


Job Title:

Sr Medical Science Liaison/Medical Science Liaison


San Diego, CA / Hybrid / Remote

Position type:


Full time




Strive to Bring a Profound Difference to our Patients

At Avidity Biosciences, we are passionate about the impact of every employee in realizing our vision of improving people’s lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics. Avidity is revolutionizing the field of RNA with its proprietary AOCs, which are designed to combine the specificity of monoclonal antibodies with the precision of oligonucleotide therapies to address targets and diseases previously unreachable with existing RNA therapies. If you are a committed, solution-oriented thinker, join us in making a difference and become part of our growing culture that is integrated, collaborative, agile and focused on the needs of patients.

Avidity Biosciences, Inc.'s mission is to profoundly improve people's lives by delivering a new class of RNA therapeutics - Antibody Oligonucleotide Conjugates (AOCs™). Utilizing its proprietary AOC platform, Avidity demonstrated the first-ever successful targeted delivery of RNA into muscle and is leading the field with clinical development programs for three rare muscle diseases: myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Avidity is broadening the reach of AOCs with its advancing and expanding pipeline, including programs in cardiology and immunology through internal discovery efforts and key partnerships. Avidity is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information about our AOC platform, clinical development pipeline, and people, please visit and engage with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Opportunity

As a field-based Sr. Medical Science Liaison/Medical Science Liaison you will be a true scientific, medical expert and an extension of Avidity Medical Affairs. You will build and facilitate strategic peer to peer relationships with key Health Care Providers (HCP) in the assigned region. This includes clinical trial sites as well as identified KOLs within the assigned territory. Responsibilities for this role will include providing credible and unbiased scientific information, identifying KOLs, executing the strategic Medical Affairs Plan, and supporting home office medical activities. The role will also play a key role in communicating disease state awareness materials to identified KOLs and support staff. In addition, the Sr. MSL/MSL will play a key role in bringing insights back into the organization and partnering closely with internal stakeholders in a matrixed environment.

What You Will Contribute

  • Build KOL network within assigned region and develop relationships with identified KOLs
  • Identify and conduct outreach to new clinical investigators, site staff and referring physicians to develop relationships and support enrollment initiatives in partnership with appropriate internal stakeholders
  • Engage investigators and appropriate site personnel to understand and report challenges and barriers to study enrollment in partnership with appropriate internal stakeholders
  • Support clinical trial initiatives including site identification and feasibility, trial recruitment and presentation of approved data
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders on the Clinical Research team such as the site’s assigned study team members including CRAs
  • Establish Avidity’s Medical Affairs presence in the medical community through long-term and valued scientific relationships with thought leaders
  • Provide internal stakeholders with feedback and insights from interactions and discussions with clinical trial sites and other Key KOLs
  • Develop and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of Avidity, its products, as well as current medical/scientific research & publications
  • Represent Avidity at scientifically and medically relevant events in the designated geographical area
  • Provide support at professional meetings and congresses including collecting insights and competitive intelligence, and developing tools that support medical functions
  • Maintain clinical, scientific, and technical expertise in assigned therapeutic area
  • Share clinical and value-based expertise in the development and management of clinical and scientific communications for customers, including publications, conference data, and educational materials, as well as for internal Avidity communications
  • Participate in the planning and execution of advisory board meetings including objectives, content development and delivery of clinical presentations
  • Facilitate and lead the presentation of clinical information for initial/ongoing training of internal colleagues
  • Successfully lead and execute Medical Affairs internal projects related to role
  • Effectively lead medical workstream initiatives
  • Serve as a leadership point of contact for clinical teams, as needed
  • Lead field feedback/input during the development of MSL field training tools and resources
  • Adhere to corporate and healthcare compliance guidance in all activities
  • Ability to flex depending on changing needs of organization

What We Seek

  • Advanced degree (Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.D) preferred
  • 4+ years of related work experience in clinical trial research or industry as an MSL. Rare disease experience preferred
  • Proven track record of consistent success as an MSL level or above, including consistent and exemplary demonstration of core competencies and behaviors preferred.
  • Demonstrated mastery of core technical and/or clinical competencies and consistent, acknowledged contributions to Avidity’s medical/scientific efforts
  • Demonstrates advanced technical acumen within therapeutic area and recognized via external relationships
  • Proven track record of success establishing, building and maintaining scientific engagement with influential academic and clinical experts
  • Ability to think strategically; apply knowledge and analytical skills in a highly regulated environment and align medical and cross functional strategies
  • Ability to summarize complex information and present in a clear, concise, and scientifically accurate manner to a range of audiences
  • Outstanding business acumen; knows the industry, Avidity’s value proposition, key competitors, and other marketplace factors/dynamics
  • Proven track record of excellent communication and collaboration skills, including recognition by cross-functional partners; work well independently while exhibiting professional maturity, confidence, and competence
  • Knowledge of FDA compliance and regulatory guidelines
  • Ability to travel >50% and must possess a valid driver’s license. Weekend travel may be required

What We will Provide to You:

  • The base salary range for this role is $180,000 - $230,000. The final compensation will be commensurate with such factors as relevant experience, skillset, internal equity and market factors.
  • Avidity offers competitive compensation and benefits which includes the opportunity for annual and spot bonuses, stock options and RSUs, as well as a 401(k) with an employer match. In addition, the comprehensive wellness program includes coverage for medical, dental, vision, and LTD, and four weeks of time off.
  • A commitment to learning and development which includes a variety of programming internally developed by and for Avidity employees, opportunities for job-specific training offered by industry, and an education reimbursement program.

Avidity Biosciences

10578 Science Center Dr. Suite 125

San Diego, CA


O: 858-401-7900

F: 858-401-7901