Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Liaison (HL) (Central)

Medical Affairs Nationwide Role (field based), TBD


Health Economics and Outcomes Research - (Central)

(HEOR) Liaison (HL)


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Position Summary


HL position is dedicated to establishing and maintaining professional relationships with national and regional integrated health networks medical and pharmacy directors, P&T Committees and other decision makers to communicate scientific, clinical and health economic information in a balanced and objective fashion. As part of the execution of Portola Pharmaceuticals’ strategy, he/she, as a member of Medical Affairs and HEOR, will work closely with Market Access, Commercial and Marketing functions.




  • Responsible for realization of medical/scientific objectives for the HL team
  • Represent Portola at medical meetings, conferences, advisory boards, outreach meetings at key institutions and in interactions with thought leaders
  • Maintain knowledge of the thrombosis field, stay current on real world evidence techniques, leading edge medicines and development efforts, and provide expertise for business development opportunities as appropriate
  • Assure HL team compliance with all corporate policies and regulatory guidelines


Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR):

  • Provide insights into global HEOR evidence generation strategy, including but not limited to comparative effectiveness research, pricing research, and economic modeling to support formulary and coverage decisions.
  • Serve as a liaison for the review, submission, execution and delivery of US HEOR studies with external vendors and research partners.
  • Serve as a resource to the medical affairs team for payer information and health economic issues.


Payer/Hospital Relations:

  • Establish a respected Portola presence in the payer and hospital community as appropriate.
  • Establish relationships with KOLs, Medical Directors, Quality Directors, Pharmacy Directors, Clinical Pharmacists, Disease Management Teams to support brand/disease value propositions and quality improvement in thrombosis and related therapeutic areas.
  • Help external entities analyze, interpret, and incorporate clinical and HEOR data.
  • Maintain command of the marketplace’s need for quality of care requirements.
  • Communicate scientific and health economic information clearly in a variety of settings, including internal Portola meetings, advisory boards, and 1:1 or group discussions with population based decision makers.
  • Maintain a high standard of integrity and professionalism in the payer and managed care community, including the sharing of scientific and health economic data in full compliance with company policies.
  • Represent HL Team within Market Access as needed to give insight into the clinical and economic needs of population based decision makers.





  • Advanced degree in medical science (MD, PharmD or PhD) or Bachelor’s with equivalent experience required
  • Typically requires at least 5 years of experience as field medical with demonstrated excellent communication skills (oral and written); experience in institutional settings desired   
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in either managed care, health economics, or similar
  • Solid background and experience with thrombosis/cardiology/hemostasis, and understanding of drug development and lifecycle development of a product strongly preferred
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the clinical, commercial (including Medicaid and DOD), and regulatory issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed markets industries
  • Knowledge of health economics and ability to communicate cost effectiveness and budget impact models to appropriate customers
  • Demonstrated strength in understanding and effectively communicating scientific and medical information as it relates to population based decision makers
  • Strong hospital and hospital launch experience required
  • Excellent communication and formal presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Understanding of the FDA, Pharma Code and other ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Able to articulate ideas and concepts, be persuasive and have the ability to convey complex, scientific ideas fluently to any audience
  • Must utilize effective, professional communications to cultivate and nurture strong working relationships with internal and external colleagues
  • Ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional and ethical manner
  • A thorough understanding of the clinical trial and investigator initiated study processes
  • Must deal with ambiguity and thrive in an everchanging environment 



Portola Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.