Director, Medical Affairs Hematology

Medical Affairs Waltham, Massachusetts


Position Summary:

The Director of Medical Affairs Hematology is a key member of the medical affairs team who will work closely with cross functional partners including commercial, clinical development, regulatory, research, and corporate communications to develop launch and strategic brand plans, support medical and scientific communication plans, implement medical affairs strategies and tactics, and prepare for launch of APL-2 in high-priority indications. The successful candidate will provide critical medical insights, training and perspectives to drive late stage clinical development, life cycle management, and support marketing, market access, interaction with patient organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure alignment of global development strategies while successfully preparing for launch.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Support implementation of GMA strategy through development and execution or prioritized tactics to drive the GMA objectives in preparation for US launch of APL-2 in PNH
  • Partner with US commercial teams for launch preparation of APL-2 in PNH
  • Identify US specific data and communication gaps, collaborating with the GMA hematology team on appropriate mechanisms to fill gaps
  • Collaborate with field medical team to ensure comprehensive KOL engagement strategy to support US launch of APL-2
  • Collaborate with communications and field training to ensure information, resources, and training is delivered at appropriate times

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Must have a PhD, Pharm D or MD level degree or equivalent


  • 5 years + experience working in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry
  • Experience in rare disease and/or hematology required
  • Significant experience across drug development stages particularly in late-stage development, launch, and post-approval settings; US launch experience preferred.

 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills, including demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional team, and influence at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation.
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility to handle work flow in a fast-paced environment.
  • Some travel will be required, up to 40%.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit to learn more.

Company Background:

We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade. We believe that this approach can result in broad inhibition of the principal pathways of the complement system and has the potential to effectively control a broad array of complement-dependent autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.