Director, Medical Communications & Publications

South San Francisco, California
Oct 23, 2017
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Rigel is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel, targeted drugs in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology and immuno-oncology. Rigel's pioneering research focuses on signaling pathways that are critical to disease mechanisms. Our business strategy is to transition to a commercial-stage company with our Phase 3 results from fostamatinib in immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), Rigel has submitted an NDA. We continue to build an extensive portfolio of products in immunology and oncology, monetizing select assets through attractive partnerships. The Director, Medical Communications & Publications will be a key member of the Medical Affairs department advancing Rigel’s commercial programs.

Reporting to the Executive Director/Head of Medical Affairs, this position will provide leadership to the Medical and Scientific Communications platform, including Medical Education, Publications and Congress Strategy. Through cross-functional collaboration, you will oversee the development and execution of the medical information, product dossiers and scientific communications plans (manuscripts and abstracts). You will manage external vendors, including medical writing and medical information agencies as well as internal resources in the development of custom and standard response letters, congress booths content for Medical Affairs, abstracts, posters and manuscripts. You may assist in the planning of advisory boards and also review process of CME and other grant requests, as needed.

•Manages and maintains a strategic medical communication plan
•Contributes to the publication planning and execution according to established guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE)
•Oversees and Contributes to Congress planning activities, as needed
•Identifies and makes recommendations on opportunities for Medical Education aligned with Company priorities
•Interfaces with commercial and clinical groups as key contributor to the Competitive Intelligence activities in therapeutic areas of relevance to the Rigel portfolio
•Oversees external vendor operations that support Medical Affairs communication activities, including first line response to inquiries and requests for medical information from HCPs, payers, patients, or potentially others
•Contributes to the development of slide decks and other presentation materials, as needed

•PharmD or PhD required (M.D. a plus)
•Related industry experience with a minimum of 8 years in a similar role or specific medical writing and editing experience, including relevant experience working in a medical information and/or communication group or experience working with external vendors for medical communications and medical writing
•Advanced knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations impacting medical communications practices
•Collaborative, with excellent interpersonal skills
•Demonstrated ability to manage several projects simultaneously
•Must demonstrate a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
•May require travel up to 20-30% of the time to attend Conferences and meetings for publication planning or execution purposes

Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity.
All individuals are encouraged to apply.