Assistant Scientific Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Companion Diagnostics

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 05, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The Assistant Scientific Director, USMA, CDx assists the Scientific Director, USMA Oncology Research & Pipeline or delegate in developing scope and plans for strategic initiatives within the Oncology Therapeutic Area. The role serves as a resident expert in biomarkers, companion diagnostics and Oncology pipeline by staying abreast of the external diagnostic landscape and incorporating expertise into internal actionable plans. This individual will be responsible for leading and participating in cross-disciplinary teams across AbbVie Oncology R&D and also for taking individual action to accomplish Medical Objectives. The role also drives Medical Affairs tactics to support the overall portfolio and business strategies.

Key Responsibilities Includes:

  • The Assistant Scientific Director, USMA, CDx works with the Scientific Director or delegate, USMA Oncology Research & Pipeline to carry out the following responsibilities.
  • Establishes and maintains ongoing long-term collaborative peer-to-peer relationships with key external thought leaders and internal stakeholders to facilitate Medical activities.
  • Apply experience and expertise of Oncology CDx technical, scientific and medical knowledge to pipeline CDx programs and Medical plans.
  • Keeps abreast of technical, scientific and medical information through attendance of selected Scientific Congresses, literature and other sources of relevant information and acts as a therapeutic area expert in biomarkers, CDx and early Oncology pipeline.
  • Promptly alerts Oncology USMA team, Asset Development Teams, Field Medical, CDx teams and other relevant staff of the most critical new information.
  • Plans, develops and delivers medical and scientific information materials related to therapeutic area, biomarker, diagnostic and disease-specific information to provide education to external and internal (Therapeutic Area staff, Medical Field staff, Asset Development Team, CDx development team and CST team members) stakeholders
  • In cooperation with cross-functional and in-function colleagues, provides leadership, oversight and support for assigned initiatives with a clear plan and drives execution of the right tactics to completion on time.
  • Develops and executes study protocols for non-registrational studies in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders to produce high quality data to support the goals of the Medical Plan and the CDx Development Strategy.
  • Contributes to, reviews and approves medical/scientific communications including commercial materials.
  • Maintains a repository for non-published information such as posters, slides, and congress debriefs, trip reports, and analyses as a resource for the Therapeutic Area.
  • Works interactively with disease experts, scientists, pathologists, AbbVie project teams in Discovery, Pipeline Development and CDx center of excellence, as well as experts external to AbbVie, to identify relevant questions and topics to be addressed in Field Medical, Congress Booth or other relevant materials.
  • Responsible for understanding regulatory and OEC requirements and works to continuously achieve the highest levels of compliance.

  • The incumbent should have a strong understanding of Medical Affairs and Oncology with recent pharmaceutical or diagnostic industry experience in the field. The incumbent should have extensive experience interacting internally and externally to support Oncology Therapeutic Area strategy. Past experience with CDx development and Immuno-Oncology is desired. The incumbent should be highly organized and demonstrate a passion for driving to achieve objectives and goals. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Advanced education (e.g. M.D., Ph.D., PharmD., PA, NP) highly preferred. Residence and/ or postdoc or industry experience in Oncology also highly preferred to ensure that incumbent has necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to do the job.
  • At least 5 years' experience in the pharmaceutical or diagnostic industry with professional responsibility driving completion of strategic initiatives and tactical plans with a collaborative approach. Demonstrated success to leading cross-functional teams to achieve business strategic goals.

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