Medical Science Liaison - Italy

Location:  Italy Category: Medical Affairs


Who We Are

From research and discovery to post-market clinical development, our WWRD engine involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with genetic diseases.

Job Description

Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is the external-facing scientific expert on the company product(s) and therapeutic area(s), with the core responsibility of scientific engagement. This consists of the establishment and maintenance of ethical and highly scientific peer to peer relationships with leading Health Care Professionals (HCPs) at major academic institutions and hospitals. Based on high-quality interactions and on the generation, interpretation, and communication of scientific data with leading HCPs, MSLs could potentially improve - through meaningful scientific exchange - the clinical management of patients and their quality of life.

Tactics of MSL activities are aligned with BioMarin Medical Strategy and guided by BioMarin Medical Director according to Medical Plan.


1)     Scientific engagement

  • Scientific engagement with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in healthcare, academia, payers, and government organizations (as required), to provide appropriate scientific information about company products and related therapy area, gather insights and expert opinions from relevant HCPs. Thus, becoming a trusted scientific partner by enhancing the understanding of the scientific and medical value of BioMarin products
  • Proactive KOL / treatment centre mapping and planning according to the scientific strategic needs of the product or therapeutic area
  • Interactions with Patient Advocacy Groups to collaborate on unmet needs, educational needs and medical/scientific projects. Reactive provision of information to local Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs) in lieu of Area Medical Director, TA Lead and in line with Business Code of Conduct in collaboration with Patient Advocacy
  • Development and implementation of Scientific Exchange meetings at hospital, regional or national level. Support the Area Medical Director / Therapy Area (TA) Lead on the development and implementation of local Scientific Educational Programs in line with BioMarin’s scientific needs, including the scientific briefing of the speakers
  • Conduct drug administration (dosing and administration) readiness trainings upon request
  • Support institution site readiness and perform on site drug risk-management drug education/information of post-marketing studies as required
  • Support post-marketing studies as required, in collaboration with study management
  • Scientific conference support
  • Responds to costumer requests with relevant scientific information and coordinate with Medical Information the provision of answers for on- or off-label queries

2)     Evidence generation support

  • Identify the evidence generation needs in the country
  • Prepare Evidenced Generation Proposals based on the local evidence generation needs for DEI reviews
  • Support cross-functional team preparing the protocol and other needed documentation for local studies
  • Work with investigators in company sponsored studies supporting (by request) Clinical Operations and/or Study Management resources by sharing insights on potential study sites in alignment with the Area Medical Director / TA Lead, based on their scientific capabilities, administrative readiness, and stakeholder interests, partnering with clinical operations and Contract Research Organizations (CROs), as required, engaging with investigators both during startup and throughout the study period to maintain interest in and education about the study
  • Work with potential investigators clarifying the process of handling of independent research requests, aligned with BioMarin’s strategy and procedure
  • Reactive support to HCPs for assistance in providing scientific information to improve healthcare quality and effectiveness initiatives
  • Identify further scientific research opportunities in the area that help increase disease awareness, sharing of best practices, and identification of medical gaps and unmet needs.

3)     Insight management

  • Gather and regularly share insights and knowledge from HCP interactions with cross-functional team members
  • Identify unmet medical needs and feedback the corresponding insights to the organization so they can be actioned accordingly by the relevant party
  • Collect insights to understand current healthcare practices and treatment of patients with specific disease (e.g. patient and treatment journey)

4)     Medical strategic planning

  • Under supervision of Area Medical Director contribute to strategic medical plans for the country as a part of integrated brand plan.

5)           Internal partnerships

  • MSL is an integral part of the BioMarin team, proactively coordinating activities with other field-based (Sales and/or Access Managers, Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), amongst others) and regional/global colleagues.

Expected level of competences

Core Competences


Technical Competences


Communication and Collaboration


Scientific Strategy




Medical Engagement


Strategic Thinking and Planning


Insight Generation


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Internal and Cross-functional Partnerships


Adaptability and Flexibility


Knowledge, Evidence Generation


Education, Qualifications & Experience

•            M.Sc at minimum, coupled with significant medical/clinical/academic credentials typically often consisting of but not limited to a doctorate degree (MD, PhD, PharmD, etc.) in the life sciences

•            Industry experience

•            Understanding of the healthcare systems and respective medical legislation in the region.

•            Good written and oral English

•            Willingness to travel approx. 60% of time (including international travel).


Key Relationships to reach solutions



·       Cross-functional team in the countries and area

·       Senior Management within Brand or Disease area

·       Global and Regional Medical Affairs Function

·       Regional Market Access

·       Clinical Operations

·       Compliance Team

·       Healthcare professionals

·       Regulatory bodies

·       Medical Associations & Societies

·       Patient Advocacy Groups

·       Service Providers

·       Other local and regional stakeholders


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.