Senior/Medical Writer

Redwood City, California
Nov 19, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

POSITION:  Medical Writer / Senior Medical Writer

Allakos Inc, is a clinical-stage company developing therapeutic antibodies for inhibitory receptors on the surface of immune effector cells involved in allergic, inflammatory and proliferative diseases.

Allakos is committed to developing innovative therapies that transform patients’ lives. We are looking for bright and talented individuals to join our team and share in our passion and commitment to improving the lives of patients.


Key activities that the Medical Writer will support include abstracts, posters, and oral presentations at scientific congresses, content generation for manuscripts to scientific journals. This position will also provide writing support for disease awareness materials including website content, patient and physician documents, and slide sets. The individual will be responsible for adhering to and supporting all of Allakos's SOPs, which includes adhering to GPP3 and ICMJE best practices.

Your Role:

As the Medical Writer / Senior Medical Writer, you will:

  • Support medical writing for assigned documents within timelines, including documentation generation, working with the Publications Manager initiation of review process, discussions on proposed revisions, and document completion in collaboration with other team members
  • Coordinate and manage bandwidth of contract medical writing team members
  • This includes, but is not limited to: directing, authoring, editing and providing input to scientific abstracts and manuscripts, presentations, posters, and publications
  • Critically analyze complex information and collaborates with clinical and statistical teams on data description, presentation and analysis
  • Assist in coordinating internal stakeholder and author interactions, work with the Publications Manager to develop project timelines, assist with the submission of abstracts and manuscripts, maintain compliance with publication industry and company standards, and ensure timely achievement of project milestones
  • Ensure all publication activities adhere to Allakos SOPs (which includes ICMJE and GPP3), which includes filing, archiving, and timely communications and follow-up with all key stakeholders



  • BS/BA degree in a scientific or health-related field required; PharmD, PhD or MD preferred
  • At least 1 to 3 years of medical writing experience, or equivalent, in medical/regulatory/publication writing in the pharmaceutical, biotech, device, medical communications, or CRO industries
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clear, concise, and effective written and verbal communications describing scientific and clinical data in English
  • Understanding of clinical trial design and execution, statistical methods and clinical trial data reporting requirements
  • Ability to work collaboratively and coordinate the efforts of team members to resolve comments, and produce a final high-quality document
  • Independently motivated with good problem-solving skills allowing analysis, synthesis and compilation of data from a broad range of disciplines
  • Well-organized with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, work simultaneously on multiple projects, and complete high-quality documents according to timelines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cohesive, collaborative team-oriented work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise, and effective publications, including the ability convey the key messages and to communicate complex information effectively and accurately.


The Allakos Values are: Selflessness, Drive, Clarity, Thoughtfulness, Fun and Leadership.

This position is located in the Allakos corporate office in Redwood City, CA

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Allakos is an equal opportunity employer. Allakos will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.