Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) are key members of the affiliate medical department. These field-based roles focus on medical and scientific engagement with AbbVie stakeholders (including research and healthcare professionals, payers, and providers). The focus of this role is on interacting with and supporting the needs of thought leaders. MSLs work to communicate information and facilitate dialogue about AbbVie’s marketed products, compounds in development and the related disease states, in a strictly scientific, non-promotional manner, and in full compliance with applicable national laws and regulations, guidelines, codes of conduct, AbbVie’s policies and procedures and accepted standards of best practice.
The MSL serves to enhance the scientific credibility of AbbVie with established and emerging thought leaders, by supporting scientific dialogue and collaborations in the areas of research, medical and scientific exchange, including facilitation of requests for scientific and medical information. MSLs also participate in the initiation, oversight and follow-up of clinical studies and medical projects initiated within the Medical Department, ensuring that activities are carried out in accordance with relevant processes and procedures.
- Represent AbbVie Medical Affairs as subject matter expert in the assigned TA and territory, provide scientific and technical leadership to ensure professional and credible relationships with external experts /HCPs of strategic importance to Abbvie.
- Serve as a point of contact within the Medical Affairs team for external experts within an assigned geographic area in order to satisfy their needs for scientific knowledge in a therapeutic area and, when requested, relevant AbbVie medicines, to support their safe, effective and appropriate use.
- Develop and execute scientific interaction plans, cycle plans; contribute to cross-functional account planning, as appropriate.
- Responsible for appropriate tiering and segmentation of external experts based on guidance from the IFT playbooks and appropriate documentation of HCP interactions and relevant insights in the CRS and related platforms and systems.
- Ensure a strong medical and scientific presence for Abbvie in key academic centers by facilitation of research and educational initiatives, while supporting requests for medical and scientific information on products or areas of therapeutic interest to Abbvie.
- Support internal teams such as sales and marketing and members of the Affiliate Brand Team to develop their scientific and technical expertise through the delivery of scientific update presentations. Work collaboratively and cross-functionally with other in-field members while retaining functional independence.
- Assist in the initiation, oversight and follow up of assigned GMA studies and medical projects initiated within the therapeutic area for which the MSL carries responsibility (e.g. registry/database projects, epidemiological studies, post-authorization studies (PMOS)
- Support prioritized interventional studies run by Clinical Development Operations, with study initiation visits and act as subject matter expert as part of One R&D community. All such activities must comply with applicable local laws, guidelines, codes of practice, SOPs, and AbbVie R&D SOPs.
- Act as the point of contact with external experts to facilitate investigator-initiated study (IIS) ideas and requests for support to the local and global medical teams as appropriate.
- Deliver credible presentations on scientific matters to physicians, individually or in groups (meetings, clinical sessions, etc.), where requested, but with the focus on thought leaders.
- Attend relevant scientific meetings and Conferences. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to develop summaries of key data and other scientifically relevant information to inform Abbvie strategic priorities and initiatives.
- Upon request, assist physicians with requests for access to AbbVie medicines on a named patient or compassionate use basis, subject to all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
- Provide key thought leaders / external experts and internal medical and clinical teams with scientific and technical support for publications of scientific or medical interest.
- Ensure that all activities and interactions are conducted with due regard to all applicable local, global, and national laws, regulations, guidelines, codes of conduct, Company policies and accepted standards of best practice.
INTERNAL / EXTERNAL CONTACTS AND INTERACTIONS:
- In-Field/Brand Team members
- Affiliate R&D personnel: Clinical Research Associate, Medical Managers/Advisers; Medical Information team / specialists; affiliate pharmacovigilance / drug safety personnel
- Marketing and Sales of assigned product and therapeutic area; Market access teams; Affiliate Brand teams.
- Affiliate Government Affairs; Affiliate Public Affairs; Regulatory Affairs; Legal; OEC.
- Area and HQ based Therapeutic Area medical affairs teams.
- Area Medical Affairs teams
- Medical Directors and Clinical Teams within Clinical Development Operations and Global Medical Affairs.
- Healthcare personnel (including physicians, nurses, pharmacists).
- Participating Research Investigators; thought leaders/external experts.
- Institutions and Scientific or Medical Societies.
- Hospitals, other healthcare providers, payers, and Local Regulatory Authorities.
AUTHORITY AND REPORTING LINES:
- This position typically reports into the MSL Manager, however reporting lines may vary from country to country.
This function is field based. Typically, up to 20% of an individual’s time may be spent working in the affiliate medical team head office – the remainder of time being spent as field based. This is subject to local needs, and the discretion of the affiliate medical director.
- Advanced degree (e.g. PharmD., MD, PhD) in a relevant scientific discipline is preferred but candidates with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and demonstrated experience will be considered years of experience in developing and maintaining expert knowledge for the assigned therapeutic area, and in medical research in general.
- Solid knowledge of the pharmaceutical environment and the role of Medical Affairs to advance the medical and scientific objectives of a pharmaceutical company.
- Demonstrated expertise in the scientific methods applied to clinical research and current legislative/regulatory controls applicable to this research.
- Ability to comprehensively learn about new subject areas and environments.
- Excellent written and spoken communication and presentation skills, with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with thought leaders, physicians, and other healthcare decision makers.
- A good understanding of written and oral English is desirable.
- High customer orientation.
- Strong commitment to compliance with the relevant rules and procedures, and to scientific quality and integrity
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced