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Senior Medical Science Liaison - Northeast

Sumitomo Pharma America
New York, NY
Start date
Sep 17, 2023

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Clinical, Medical Affairs
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

The Senior Medical Science Liaison will be responsible for integrating scientific expertise and knowledge with brand strategies to ensure successful implementation of Sumitomo Pharma America’s marketed and emerging product portfolio. This will be fulfilled mainly through the development of excellent working relationships with key opinion leaders and regional clinicians of influence. There will be additional leadership responsibilities in support of special projects and customer interface.

This role will cover New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. The ideal candidate will be located in the New York City metro area.


Identify key national and regional, and local oncology thought leaders and priority customers, build and maintain advocacy with these individuals, and function as their primary scientific contact.

Participate in the collection and exchange of scientific/technical information important to the Company’s market and development portfolio.

Assist in the management of relationships between key opinion leaders and corporate product teams, as well as provide education of priority customers on research and development projects.

Accumulate key competitive information to aid the clinical and marketing teams in drug/brand development.

Identify, initiate, coordinate, evaluate and monitor investigator-sponsored studies intended to support the clinical and scientific strategy of the Company’s products.

Help develop and manage timelines of publication plans of investigator-sponsored studies.

Assist in the identification, evaluation, and engagement of potential investigators for corporate trials.

Assist the clinical trials team, as needed, in the ongoing support and communication with investigators on corporate trials.

Develop key advocates as speakers to support the Company’s products and strategies.

Assist in the development of, and participate in, advisory boards and medical education programs.

Contribute scientific and clinical expertise to the development and execution of commercial educational activities.

Provide clinical resources for programs supporting sales/sales training and marketing efforts and professional services.

Represent the Company at national, regional, and local oncology meetings and conferences.

Maintain clinical and technical expertise in the area of oncology through review of the scientific literature and attendance at key scientific meetings.

Leads assigned projects within the MSL organization.

Perform other duties as assigned.


A minimum of 3 – 5 years previous MSL experience in oncology/hematology required.

Advanced degree in medical science (MD, PharmD, or PhD) is strongly preferred. Candidates without an advanced degree are required to have at least 7 years of industry MSL experience, and 8 – 12 years overall related experience.

Patient care clinical experience in the therapeutic area (including sub-specialty) preferred.

Strong project leadership and management history required.

Ability to efficiently manage time and priorities.

Strong leadership skills and the ability to compile and disseminate information to others in a cohesive fashion to assure a clear understanding of project status and direction.

Solid understanding of drug development and life-cycle development of a product.

Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with thought leaders and to establish trust through the consistent demonstration of scientific expertise and satisfactory follow-through to requests from thought-leaders; the ability to work effectively with key decision makers, both within and outside the Company.

Excellent communicator, skilled at diplomacy and capable of effectively combining science and relationship building.

Ability to understand and translate external customer and/or internal client needs into effective decisions and to drive results and strive for continuous improvement with high performance in the face of adversity a must.

Willingness to travel >50% of the time within the domestic US.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

The base salary range for this role is $155,000 to $210,000 annually. Base salary is part of our total rewards package which also includes the opportunity for merit-based salary increases, short incentive plan participation, eligibility for our 401(k) plan, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances and leaves provided in line with your work state. Our robust time-off policy includes unlimited paid time off, 11 paid holidays plus additional time off for a shut-down period during the last week of December, 80 hours of paid sick time upon hire and each year thereafter. Total compensation, including base salary to be offered, will depend on elements unique to each candidate, including candidate experience, skills, education and other factors permitted by law.


Confidential Data:All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters is considered confidential.

Compliance :Achieve and maintain Compliance with all applicable regulatory, legal and operational rules and procedures, by ensuring that all plans and activities for and on behalf of Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) and affiliates are carried out with the "best" industry practices and the highest ethical standards.

Mental/Physical Requirements: Fast paced environment handling multiple demands. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment as necessary. Requires a high level of initiative and independence. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Requires ability to use a personal computer for extended periods of time.

Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action employer

Sumitomo Pharma America (SMPA) is committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information about EEO and the Law, please visit the following pages:

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Focus Areas

We tackle unmet patient needs in the crucial fields of psychiatry and neurology, oncology, urology, women's health, rare diseases, and cell and gene therapies.


We unlock innovative science and solutions through cutting-edge technology. Advanced in-house technology platforms and data analytics capabilities de-risk and optimize clinical and commercial programs to accelerate insights in science, research, and discovery.

Advocating for Patients

We reimagine what’s possible We see people as more than the conditions they are managing. We are unwavering in our promise to advocate for patients and their families on the things that matter most to them. This promise is central to everything we do as we pursue unprecedented medical innovation.


We are building on a legacy With Sumitomo Pharma's 125-year legacy as our foundation, Sumitomo Pharma America was formed through the consolidation of Sumitomo Pharma’s US affiliates. Our parent company, the Sumitomo Group, is over 400 years old, with an extensive history of supporting health and wellbeing.


Company info
55 Cambridge Parkway Suite 102W
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

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