MSL, ACH - Germany
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 will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.
BioMarin’s Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development 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 rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.
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 HCPs at major academic institutions and clinics based on high-quality response to medical inquiries and proactive engagement with leading HCPs through meaningful scientific exchange conducive to improved clinical management of patients.
Roles and responsibilities are the following:
1) Scientific engagement
- Scientific engagement with KOLs in healthcare, academia, payer (as required), and government organizations (as required) to disseminate scientific information, gather insights, and evaluate the expert opinion of KOLs. Thus, becoming a trusted scientific partner by enhancing the understanding of the scientific and medical value of BMRN products (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Proactive KOL mapping and planning according to the scientific strategic needs of the product or therapeutic area (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Development and implementation of Scientific Exchange meetings at hospital level. Support the Area Director on the development and implementation of regional or national Scientific Educational Programmes in line with BMRN’s scientific needs, including the scientific briefing of the speakers (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Conduct drug administration (infusion) readiness trainings upon request (post/at-launch)
- Support institution site readiness and perform on site drug risk-management drug education/information of post-marketing studies as required (post/at-launch).
- Scientific conference support (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Collaborate with colleagues to identify attending HCPs and arrange meetings with regional/global colleagues as necessary and/or scientific exchange meetings.
- During the conference
- Attend relevant scientific sessions.
- Engage in scientific exchange (ad-hoc, mostly pre-planned)
- Staff BMRN medical booths
- Develop and deliver a full meeting report to be shared cross-functionally
- Prepare post-conference updates to not-attending HCPs
- Coordinate with Medical Information the provision of answers for on- or off-label queries (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Reactive provision of information to local PAGs in lieu of Area Director in collaboration with Patient Advocacy (pre- and post/at-launch)
2) Support evidence generation
- Work with investigators in company sponsored studies supporting Clin Ops and/or Study Management resources by identifying potential study sites based on their scientific capabilities, administrative readiness, and stakeholder interests, proactively informing HCPs about sponsored trials to help recruit investigators, partnering with clinical operations and CROs to ensure surveillance and compliance with study programmes, and proactively engaging with investigators both during startup and ongoing throughout the study to maintain interest in and education about the study (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Work with potential investigators supporting the development and submission of IIR proposals aligned with BMRN’s strategy (mostly post/at-launch)
- Reactive support to HCPs for assistance in providing scientific information for the development of audits or pathway redesign to improve healthcare quality and effectiveness initiatives (mostly post/at-launch)
- Identify further scientific research opportunities in the area that help increasing disease awareness, sharing of best practices, and identification of medical gaps (mostly post/at-launch)
3) Insight management
- Share insights and knowledge from HCPs interactions with cross-functional team members: MSLs may proactively ask questions to understand the HCP’s scientific point of view on topics to share as insights for BMRN per Data protection laws (pre- and post/at-launch)
- Identify unmet medical needs and bring back the corresponding insights to the organization so they can be actioned accordingly by the relevant party (pre- and post-launch)
- Collect data and insights to understand patient and treatment journey (pre- and post-launch)
4) Internal partnerships
- May train other internal employees on any disease state or company products.
- The MSL is an integral part of the BMRN team, proactively coordinating activities with other field-based personnel (sales, CRAs, access managers) and sharing insights.
5) Early access programmes
- Provide scientific support to the set-up, running and other aspects of early access programmes as needed, by working cross functionally with other partners including study management, commercial, and clinical operations.
- Ensure scientific collaboration with KOLs and HCPs, and help in training programmes as needed to facilitate safe, effective EAP management for patients
Qualifications and other requirements
- The MSL will have an advanced scientific training at BSc (Hons) level at minimum coupled with significant medical/clinical/academic credentials typically consisting of but not limited to a doctorate degree (PhD, PharmD, MD, etc.) in the life sciences.
- The candidate need to have strong external customer focus with excellent networking capabilities and ability to integrate in a multifaceted team. Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and listening skills (including the ability to network) are crucial for the success in the role. Proven ability to develop and foster peer-to-peer relationships with HCPs. Demonstrated ability to organise, prioritise and work effectively with minimal supervision in a constantly changing environment.
- Excellent teaching skills and ability to present and discuss scientific material clearly and succinctly. Ability to summarise and convey scientific literature, as well as to write reports, papers and research protocols. Scientific inquisitiveness is a substantial asset.
- Solid understanding of the industry’s codes of practice. Understanding of clinical development and Good Clinical Research Practice is preferable. Thorough knowledge of the healthcare system, disease management and medical research. Pharmaceutical business and market knowledge is an asset.
- Willingness to travel at least 60% of the time.