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Medical Director, International Medical Affairs CF

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Paddington, London W2, UK
Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2023

Job Description

General Summary:

The Regional Medical Affairs Director leads the development and execution of a consolidated RoW Medical Affairs strategy for the assigned product/therapeutic area aligned with Global strategy and corporate goals. The incumbent will provide medical direction to the region and affiliates, and give inputs into the development plans and lice-cycle management plans of assigned product/therapeutic area - in preparation for launches and over the lifecycle. The incumbent will closely collaborate with other internal cross-functional teams and external KOL / Government officials at regional level. The incumbent will lead the development and execution of core scientific activities and programs to ensure launch success in individual countries.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accountable for the development, implementation and execution of the RoW Medical Affairs Strategy for the assigned product/Therapeutic Area.
  • Ensures Strategic alignment working cross functionally and partnering with Global Medical Affairs Medical lead and with other key functions at Vertex such as Commercial, Regulatory, Market Access, HEOR, and Corporate Communications.
  • Supports the creation of non-promotional materials for both internal and external use e.g. scientific data presentation for medical scientists, patient support materials;
  • Responsible for medical interpretation of data (clinical trials, registries, published literature, etc.) for assigned compounds/therapeutic area ; review clinical trials and community based grants
  • Partners with KOLs to provide insights on current focused therapeutic area issues and questions
  • Provides input and contribute to the Global Therapeutic Area strategic imperatives, Medical Affairs objectives, and tactics.
  • Supports Regulatory, PV/MI, Clinical Research and health economics teams in medical scientific questions
  • Delivers internal (mainly marketing and sales functions) and external presentations (local advisory board meetings, launch symposia and others) to enhance the medical knowledge of development projects and marketed products
  • Ensures that marketing functions have appropriate medical scientific support
  • Reviews promotional materials in the respective area according to the company SOP
  • Keeps product and development project information up to date based on internal and external publications
  • Keeps close interaction and communicates with Global and Country medical affairs functions
  • Ensures accurate, robust and appropriate medical/scientific exchange with different US and Global, internal and external stakeholders; and partners cross functionally to drive success and patient best management.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong ability to understand the disease state, mechanism of action, value proposition - both from an absolute and relative/competitive standpoint
  • Excellent analytical skills, demonstrated by the ability to identify and understand complex issues and problems, and interpret information in a manner that provides appropriate recommendations to senior management, marketing and sales;
  • Clear understanding of Pharma Industry and ability to build and create a strong strategical plan in collaboration with the Global Medical Team and other stakeholders
  • A proven ability to utilize complex scientific resources for presentations in a variety of different settings is required;
  • Experience with product launches and life-cycle management
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal relationship-building and negotiation communication skills are required, along with the ability to provide clear and concise complex analysis of quantitative and qualitative concepts;
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of drug development and commercialization that are relevant for the various individual countries the company operates in. This will include late-stage development, pre- and post-launch medical and scientific activities. In addition, the development and execution of core scientific activities and programs to ensure launch success in individual countries.
  • Travel up to 30% required.

Education and Experience:

  • PhD or PharmD in a related field; Master's in a related field with applicable experience
  • Relevant medical/scientific affairs experience within the pharmaceutical or biotech industry, and relevant experience in a field role



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

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