Medical Science Associate Director

94080, South San Francisco
Oct 11, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


The regional Medical Science Associate Director (MSAD) serves as a key field-based clinical resource for compliant scientific exchange about Rigel research, products and associated disease states with healthcare providers, patient advocacy groups, payors, other industry partners as well as internal colleagues at Rigel. Information shared is timely, accurate, and fair-balanced. The  MSAD identifies, develops, and maintains effective professional relationships with critical customers in a specified geography in an effort to build and maintain a repository of Key Opinion Leaders for research initiatives, advisory boards, publications, and other opportunities for collaboration with Rigel.  The focus of the MSAD will be aimed towards supporting fostamatinib in ITP, as well as, planning for any launch-related activities beyond ITP. The MSAD also supports commercial cross-functional partners as needed to provide training, scientific/medical support during advisory boards, or payor presentations. The MSAD will support the Clinical Development and Medical Affairs teams in the identification and recruitment of sites for Rigel trials. The MSAD will report to the Director of the Medical Science team, receive guidance from and collaborate with the Medical Director and the VP of Medical Affairs as needed to support US-based medical and scientific initiatives. 


  • Develop and maintain peer-to-peer collaborations and relationships with key medical experts in the region
  • Understand local initiatives on disease and treatment guidelines
  • Work with physicians on Rigel medical affairs initiatives including publications, investigator sponsored research, participation at advisory boards, speaker/training and other educational programs
  • Serve as scientific peer-to-peer resource to disease experts and medical community with up-to-date relevant medical information and product information 
  • Respond to unsolicited requests for medical information in the region in a timely manner; ensure that an accurate and fair-balanced response is provided consistent with company compliance training 
  • Communicate and coordinate scientific opportunities with other Rigel field-based and internal colleagues
  • Provide relevant clinical presentations to key practices which may consist of P&T committee members, medical directors, payers and other key decision makers
  • May work with regional government affairs and managed care account/market access teams by presenting clinical data to support patient access programs, as needed
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of relevant and current clinical/scientific concepts while also synthesizing this information into a consumer-friendly, audience-adapted and market-specific answer to address product inquiries 
  • Serves as a scientific resource at key medical and scientific conferences, advisory boards, clinical investigator meetings, and patient advocacy group meetings as requested
  • Gather feedback and report key insights related to fostamatinib, Rigel pipeline, FIT clinical data,  disease management, and unmet needs, to help guide Rigel strategy; discuss and assess unsolicited investigator-initiated research proposals based on company strategies; serve as point-person and conduit for respective projects 
  • Support clinical initiatives including site identification, trial and registries recruitment and presentation of final approved data whenever appropriate 
  • Serve as a Rigel-internal expert on disease states and therapeutic management; train Rigel colleagues on key scientific and clinical topics as appropriate
  • Maintain a database of customers and KOLs
  • Maintain compliance with all internal and external legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Collaborate and share best practices to enhance cross-functional team productivity

Office is home-based. Travel within region 3-4 days per week with 1-2 office days per week. Required travel to medical meetings, team meetings and other group meetings (will require some weekends).


  • Advanced clinical or scientific degree (MD, PharmD, PhD in Biological Sciences) is required; RN or PA degrees with strong relevant clinical experience may also be considered
  • Minimum of 5-years as a  medical science liaison in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry required, or equivalent therapeutic experience
  • Therapeutic experience in hematology, oncology, or autoimmune diseases strongly preferred
  • Previous experience in recently launched biologics or therapeutics is a plus 
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have well-established networks and active relationships with hematologist and/or oncologist (heme/oncs) 
  • Must have excellent communication skills (both oral and written), be proficient in MS Word and Excel and function well as part of a cross-functional team
  • Rigel requires all employees who are working onsite at our South San Francisco location or who are in customer facing positions to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any legally required exemptions)

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by the law.