Manager/Sr Manager, Medical Communications

South San Francisco, California
Aug 03, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

We are dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing therapies that transform patient lives and advance patient care by changing treatment paradigms in thrombosis and other hematologic diseases. The company’s two FDA approved medicines are Bevyxxa® (betrixaban), the first and only oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor, and Andexxa® [coagulation factor Xa (recombinant), inactivated-zhzo], the first and only antidote for the Factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban and apixaban. The company also is advancing cerdulatinib, a Syk/JAK inhibitor for the treatment of hematologic cancers. These compounds come from our own internal research efforts and represent important advances to address significant unmet needs. We are employing novel strategies that may increase the likelihood of clinical, regulatory and commercial success of our potentially lifesaving therapies. 

The Manager/Sr Manager, Medical Communications will contribute to building a best-in-class medical communication organization within Medical Affairs at Portola.   This role will also be responsible for overseeing Portola’s grant process and other Medical Affairs operations management. 


  • Ensure that data generated from corporate- and investigator-sponsored studies with Portola products are communicated in an accurate, timely, compliant and compelling manner
  • Support Medical Affairs operational activities, including management of contracts, grant applications, Investigator-Research studies.
  • Refine and ensure successful implementation of a scientific communication platform and medical communication plan for Portola in collaboration with Medical Affairs, Marketing, Business Development, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Assisting in the development/review of content for abstracts, congress presentations, monographs, advisory board meetings, etc.
  • Generation of scientific content for medical communications-related activities such as clinical slide decks and digital assets
  • Congress planning, collection and generation of scientific insights, and preparation of content for the medical affairs booth (if applicable) will also be a key responsibility
  • Remain up-to-date on the latest science/data in the field and contribute significantly to the creation, collection, and dissemination of actionable business-relevant scientific insights to key stakeholders across the organization and key customer segments, especially in support of critical product launches
  • Develop in-depth therapeutic knowledge of thrombosis, epidemiology, product, and competitor product information; act as a resource to others external to Medical Affairs
  • Create and/or review communications containing medical and scientific content intended for internal and external for accuracy and strategic alignment
  • Proactively reach out and collaborate closely with members of other internal teams
  • Identify, collect and provide relevant information and input into business activities such as product and competitor insights, medical product plan and deliverables, new business assessments and other requests
  • Serve as authoritative source of medical/scientific expertise and oversee the collection and storage of relevant scientific information (e.g. literature repository, Portola data, etc.) 


  • A relevant scientific or healthcare degree is required (eg, PhD or PharmD)
  • Minimum 2-3 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, preferably within a matrix structure
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience within Medical Affairs roles, preferably in a communications/publications role
  • Experience managing vendors and projects is preferred
  • Good knowledge of medical communications approaches and best practices is required
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal guidelines regarding medical communications strategy and execution
  • Demonstrates and models excellent performance in the medical communications role.
  • Takes initiative and works independently and collaboratively with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities and limited resources
  • Ability to read, interpret, and convey complex scientific information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively towards a common goal
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated results orientation and problem solving skills
  • Domestic travel in support of Medical Affairs initiatives may be required (20-30%)