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Associate Medical Director, Clinical Science - US (also open in the UK)

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
May 29, 2023

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Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options.

BioMarin Clinical Science (CLS) is responsible for overseeing clinical programs across various phases, from proof-of concept to Phase 3 and BLA/NDA/MAA filing. The Clinical Science team provides leadership for clinical strategy and oversight to ensure excellence in clinical trial conduct, data analysis and interpretation, publication preparation, and safety monitoring.

The Associate Medical Director is an emerging leadership position within Clinical Science. S/he leads tasks related to Clinical Science core deliverables across all stages of program and study design and execution, data analysis and regulatory filings as delegated by the Clinical Science Therapeutic area lead or other Clinical Science leader. This includes developing key documents to support study execution; building and leveraging relationships with external parties (KOLs, Investigators); conducting data analysis in support of reports and key messaging

The Associate Medical Director may also take on the role of Medical Monitor for a study depending on clinical experience.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Scientific Expertise

  • Develop key documents to support the components of trial execution and regulatory submission (including IND Annual Reports, Investigator Brochures, Briefing Books and Pediatric Plans)
  • Support the design, update and implementation of Clinical Development Plans (CDPs), and work with Project Management to ensure progress in line with current plans and timelines
  • Develop scientific rationale for methods, design and implementation of clinical protocols, data collection systems and final reports
  • Stay up to date with advances in literature in therapeutic/disease area including mechanism of action, diagnostic tests, treatment, drug development trends, and regulatory requirements
  • Develop therapy-specific publication plans and work with internal and external colleagues to prepare study results for timely publication
  • Attend and contribute to relevant scientific conferences, seminars or presentations
  • Engage and establish rapport with KOLs and scientific or clinical experts
  • Contribute to content and submission of abstracts to key symposia
  • Work with CLS and Clinical Operations to ensure the success of Investigator Meetings by contributing and presenting scientific content


Data Analysis

  • Develop thorough understanding of clinical trial data to help guide the drafting of CSRs and Key Messages.
  • Perform preliminary analyses on clinical study data as it becomes available to help build and guide Statistical Analysis Plans (SAPs)
  • Help define study quality metrics and perform study data reviews during study execution to ensure integrity of accruing study data


Clinical Science Communication and Collaboration

  • Serve as CLS representative and liaise with Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Operations, Medical Affairs, Biometrics, Regulatory Affairs, Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) and other internal or external entities as needed


Clinical Study Monitoring

  • Act as the scientific subject matter expert, and primary contact, for assigned clinical study; take a proactive approach to identifying issues and mitigating risk
  • Initiate and provide the scientific content and insight for development and review of: protocols, protocol amendments; ICFs; CRFs; statistical tables and listings including accurate AE (MedDRA) and concomitant medications (WHODrug) coding; audit reports; clinical study reports; inspection readiness activities, regulatory submissions and other key study deliverables
  • Act as study scientific subject matter expert and main point and of contact for Principal Investigators (PIs) and sites to assess subject eligibility, provide scientific rational and manage ongoing protocol issues
  • Provide leadership to sites by developing or participating in training, answering investigator/site/HA questions about the protocol
  • Conduct review, assessment and interpretation of clinical and safety data to ensure that the data are correct and presented with the appropriate interpretation including thorough review of SAEs and other important AEs (per the study specific Medical Monitoring Plan)
  • Conduct periodic review of protocol deviations in collaboration with Clinical Operations Study Lead or designee (per protocol specific Protocol Deviation Plan)
  • Attend and present at Investigator Meetings, as needed
  • Provide leadership in compliance with GCP and appropriate reporting standards
  • Work closely with the Pharmacovigilance representatives providing medical input into safety reports including, SAE narratives and analysis of similar events, Development Safety Update Reports (DSURs) and Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reactions (SUSARs) reports, Company Core Safety Information (CCSI), Investigator Brochure (IB), Risk Management Plans, Integrated Summaries of Safety and Efficacy, Clinical Study Reports and preparation of labels
  • Collaborate with Biometrics to identify key issues, prepare content and facilitate discussions at study Data Review Board (internal) or Data Monitoring Committee (DMC)
  • Lead the selection of and interactions with independent Data Monitoring Committees (DMC)
  • Participate in and provide scientific advice, as appropriate, during key Database Lock (DBL) activities (final listing review, review of blinded tables, listings and figures (TLFs), etc.) and actively participate in all data snapshots taken (not limited to final DBL)
  • Contribute to and review Clinical Study Report (CSR) writing (review final TLFs, work with medical writer to review & revise CSR document, draft discussion and conclusions, participate in comment resolution meetings)
  • Present study updates and topline results to CLS leadership, as needed
  • Recommend and develop Key Opinion Leader (KOL) and Advisory Panel Networks, as appropriate
  • Provide representation at regulatory meetings, as needed
  • The Associate Medical Director will also act as the medical subject matter expert for review of clinical and safety data to ensure data are correct and presented with the appropriate medical interpretation and for discussing safety concerns with site

Governance and Communication

  • Provide timely and high-quality functional deliverables and contributions to Study Execution Team (SET)
  • Act as primary point of contact between SET and Clinical Science to ensure appropriate dissemination of information and communication (including functional managers and other relevant individuals)
  • Provide agenda topics to be discussed during SET meetings
  • Act as the medical and scientific subject matter expert (SME) to the SET with the ability to make decisions and recommendations on behalf of Clinical Science
  • Proactively identify and communicate potential risks and mitigations relevant to the Clinical Science deliverables
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of study- specific plans; manage the development of study-specific plans that are the responsibility of the Clinical Science
  • Collaborate with CLS Therapeutic Area Lead, CDTL and CSL on all study related decisions, as appropriate
  • Escalate issues affecting CLS function deliverable quality, timelines, resources or budget, as appropriate

  • MD, MD/PhD (or equivalent)
  • Experience in hematology a strong plus; Clinical and/or pharma experience preferred

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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