Pharmacyclics, LLC

Manager, Scientific Communications

Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Oct 18, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

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Manager, Scientific Communications

General Position Summary/Purpose:

The successful candidate will play a critical role in the development of the Scientific Communications, Medical Review, & Knowledge Management function within Pharmacyclics. Scientific Communications, Medical Review, & Knowledge Management, within the Medical Affairs department, works closely with various functional areas within the organization to communicate accurate, consistent, and timely information regarding products and therapeutic areas. This includes contributing to clinical development initiatives and scientific exchange materials, review of promotional and reactive materials for scientific content, creation of the Scientific Communications infrastructure, and internal communication of emerging insights and research evolving in the scientific and medical communities. This position will be responsible for fostering a positive relationship between the Scientific Communications, Medical Review, & Knowledge Management department and other functional areas in Medical Affairs and other departments in the organization. The candidate will primarily be responsible for working cross-functionally within Medical Affairs to develop resources for the field medical team in support of Medical Affairs objectives and imperatives. Additionally, the candidate is accountable for researching, evaluating, and interpreting medical literature in conjunction with medical review, creating and updating standard scientific response documents, and responding to unsolicited requests for information inquiries on products from consumers and health care professionals. This position will report to Associate Scientific Director, Scientific Communications.

Key Accountabilities/Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead a cross-functional Medical Affairs team to prioritize and develop unbranded tools for field medical use and manage content vendors
  • Collaborate in the creation of relevant core content to meet customer needs and to address education/communication gaps. Ensures content is current, accurate, and fair-balanced
  • Conduct medical review for promotional, training, and/or medical materials for accuracy, fair balance, and appropriateness
  • In an independent manner, critically evaluates literature, interprets complex data, writes effectively, articulates information to a variety of audiences, and effectively negotiates with counterparts from cross-divisional functional areas. Communicates clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain a current familiarity of the published medical literature relating to the product line and current industry practices that pertain to Scientific Communications
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with other functional groups to cultivate a positive relationship
  • Manages and prioritizes multiple projects, provides solutions to complex problems, and completes projects within deadlines
  • Assists with key Scientific Communications, Medical Review, & Knowledge Management projects and performs other responsibilities, including Medical Information activities, as assigned by the supervisor
  • Medical Information activities may include creating and updating standard scientific response documents research and responding to escalated unsolicited requests for medical information regarding the company's marketed and pipeline products


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing, PA, PharmD, PhD in Health Sciences, MD/DO, or equivalent experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 4+ years of combined licensed clinical practice experience, postgraduate training, and/or postgraduate pharmaceutical industry experience with 2 years' work experience or postgraduate training in Medical Communications or related Medical Affairs experience preferred.
  • Understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of pharmaceutical industry desired.
  • No direct or indirect headcount
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively, coordinate, and lead in a multi-disciplinary, cross-functional team environment
  • Experience in literature searches, literature evaluation, and drug information concepts
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated, team player, able to take initiatives and act independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of pharmaceutical industry desired
  • Prior Medical Review experience preferred

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