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Medical Director, Respiratory Biologics

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Wilmington, DE
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Job Description

Location: Wilmington,
United States
Job reference: R-011096

Posted date: Jul. 20, 2017

Medical Director, Respiratory Biologics – Wilmington, DE

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Medical Director of Respiratory Biologics, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. North American Commercial is the ‘face’ of AstraZeneca and MedImmune to our many healthcare clients. They represent many of the most well recognised and respected products in the industry, and build strong relationships with healthcare professionals.

AstraZeneca holds a unique position in respiratory disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), with a range of differentiated potential medicines in development by leveraging novel combinations, biologics and devices. The pipeline also has a number of promising assets in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases within areas such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Medical Director is a member of the Core Medical Team (CMT), a board-certified physician who has a history of clinical practice, and has significant experience in the respiratory therapeutic area. The Medical Director is knowledgeable of the actions of regulatory bodies, in particular FDA, and has experience in clinical trials. An ideal candidate should have significant experience in respiratory disease management and would thrive on proactively engaging internal and external leaders. S/he is accountable for the development and execution of the Brand Medical Plans. It is preferred that the candidate will have a network of Allergist and Pulmonologist External Experts and Professional Society relationships. In addition, an ideal Medical Affairs Medical Director will have strong commercial aptitude and/or experience, including proven ability to translate and align commercial and scientific goals and objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Medical input into brand strategy as a core member of Core Medical Team (CMT)
  • Interact with leaders of groups identified as strategic partners, including both payer and provider groups
  • Collaborate with commercial team to develop brand strategy
  • Interact with external leaders in the therapy area (External Experts, Academic Institutions, Professional Societies)
  • Play an integral role in the planning and participation of national and regional medical advisory boards
  • Play an integral role in the planning and providing of training for external medical/scientific speakers
  • Provide clinical education and training for internal stakeholders such as Field Medical Team and members of product sales teams
  • Provide and lead the strategy and development of clinical studies to obtain promotional claims and/or advance the scientific knowledge of our products
  • Provide input into Life Cycle Management studies and Phase 4 Study strategy/design
  • Provide medical review in concert with cross functional team members for Externally Sponsored Scientific Research proposals
  • Provide medical input into the publication strategy and review/comment for medical accuracy of publications
  • Maintain key links into global brand clinical activities by maintaining collaborative working relationship with TA medical physicians including Medical Science Director (MSD) and Clinical Research Scientists.
  • Supply medical input into safety profile of the product in collaboration with Patient Safety (PS) physicians
  • Act as medical spokesperson for US Brand as needed for media inquiries or other external groups.
  • Ensure compliance with all AZ corporate policies
  • As part of Medical Plan, ensure comprehensive engagement plan with customers and key stakeholders, e.g., Managed Care Organizations, Key Opinion Leaders, Key Institutions and Hospital Systems, Professional Societies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key external and internal customers.
  • Lead Advisory Boards and input into strategy
  • Collaborate with HEOR Director to define research strategy and design of studies that address both clinical effectiveness and health


Essential Requirements

  • Graduate of a recognized medical school and recipient of an MD/DO degree
  • Background in academic medicine, clinical research, and familiarity with biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally. Travel will be ~30% of time

Desirable Requirements

  • Board certification/eligibility preferred in Pulmonology or Allergy/Immunology or related relevant specialty.
  • Strong business acumen, including working knowledge of changing U.S. payer and provider landscape
  • Proven ability to interact productively with both commercial and scientific colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in cross functional teams
  • Familiarity with OPDP, PhRMA code, and key regulations in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Highest level of ethics and integrity
  • Medical Directors preferred to have at least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry or other related areas of experience including Academic Institution
  • Experience developing and/or launching a new pharmaceutical product/biologic product in the ideal candidate
  • Broad cross-functional pharmaceutical and cross-functional general management experience
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in a strategy-setting role within Medical Affairs
  • Global experience within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Working knowledge of FDA requirements