Medical Science Liaison, Ophthalmology

Medical Affairs Field Based, United States


Position Summary:

The Apellis MSL is a remote role focused on developing and maintaining peer-to-peer relationships with key medical experts. This role will primarily support the Apellis ophthalmology programs, however coverage of the rare disease programs may be required as necessary. The MSL will collaborate with physicians and other medical experts to support trial enrollment, provide program and protocol training and ensure that patients, physicians and key CROs have the most up to date information as the clinical development programs mature.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and maintain peer-to-peer collaborations and relationships with key medical experts in the ophthalmology community
  • Support clinical development initiatives including site identification, trial recruitment, registry, and presentation of final approved data
  • Collaborate with physicians on medical affairs initiatives including publications, advisory boards, medical education opportunities, training, and speaker development
  • Serve as scientific peer-to-peer resource to external disease experts and internal stakeholders
  • Support the medical community with up-to-date medical information, robust disease expertise, and product information
  • Communicate expert opinions and feedback on new data to Apellis Medical Affairs and program teams
  • Train internal stakeholders on key scientific and medical topics in relevant therapeutic area
  • Develop an understanding of the regional landscape including specialties involved in care of patients
  • Maintain compliance with all internal and external legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Generate tactical regional plans to provide needs based, value-added support of the medical and scientific community in-line with company goals
  • Maintain accurate reporting and documentation of MSL activities

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or other medial related discipline. Advanced degree preferred
  • At least 8 years of experience in Medical Affairs or Medical Science role
  • Robust and current clinical development experience supporting drugs to treat diseases of the eye
  • Candidates must have well-established networks and active relationships with KOLs in the ophthalmology community

 Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Energetically embraces responsibilities, demonstrates ability to achieve goals
  • Has strong initiative, and functions well as part of a cross-functional team
  • Exhibits excellent time management and is able to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in a start-up environment preferred
  • Must be pro-active team player, flexible, and open to change


  • Office is home based
  • Travel within region up to 75%.
  • Required travel to medical meetings, team meetings, and other group meetings (will require some weekends)

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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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.