Medical Science Liaison, Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - Therapeutic (East Coast)

Biogen - Australia and New Zealand
Sydney, Australia
Closing date
17 Sep 2020

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Medical Affairs
Full Time
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Company Description

Biogen ANZ is proud to have a highly engaged workforce where employees bring their best and most authentic selves to work. At Biogen, culture is on the agenda and everyone opts in.

We care deeply about making a difference, and so work courageously to change the lives of patients. We don't shy away from challenges due to fear of failure.

At Biogen, flexibility doesn't just mean working from home. Our culture of trust and accountability means employees can take full advantage of flexible working arrangements, opportunities to engage in paid volunteering leave and to purchase additional leave.

Inclusion and diversity are part of who we are at Biogen ANZ. All employees are encouraged to let their personality shine. At Biogen we do serious work, but we don't take ourselves too seriously.

Job Description

** Please note this role canbebased in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney**

Medical Science Liaison (MSL): The Alzheimer's Disease MSL role is field based customer facing role, activities should be customer focused with the intent to maximise medical one on one interactions with Key Medical Experts (KMEs)/HCPs (Virtually and Face to Face). This role will mainly be dedicated to medical affairs activities related to Alzheimer's Disease focusing on the Biogen therapeutic. There will be approximately 50-70% travel required in this role.
  • Acts as a scientific expert knowledgeable of Biogen products, disease state and competitors
  • Establishes long term scientific/strategic relationships with leading specialists (physicians, nurses, allied health), and with related medical societies and academic centers of excellence
  • Ensures key opinion leaders (KMEs) and organizations have access to relevant scientific information
  • Facilitates KME involvement in educational forums and advisory boards to optimize scientific knowledge exchange
  • Serves as an important partner to internal stakeholders through communication of relevant information
Key Accountabilities:

1. Key Medical Expert (KME) Engagement (Field Focused)
  • Identify KeyMedical Experts (KMEs) in specified therapeutic area and work in collaboration with respective commercial counterparts in engaging KMEs from a medical perspective
  • Develop, maintain and implement KME engagement plans to build and maintain strong scientific relationships such that Biogen is recognised as an industry partner of choice
  • Plan KME visits and utilise the CRM database to record HCP interactions
  • Provide current, accurate and balanced scientific education to HCPs and facilitate data discussions in relevant therapeutic areas
  • Provide scientific presentations to individual physicians or groups of physicians, e.g. scientific seminars, round table, journal clubs
  • Source and brief international and local speakers for national and state meetings according to internal process
  • Reactively explore & facilitate clinician driven ideas for Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs)
  • Act as a liaison between investigators and Biogen ensuring regular communication regarding the progress of IIT proposals
  • Scientific Data Knowledge and Communication (Field Focused)
  • Collaborate with Medical Managers to generate high quality approved medical and scientific presentations aligned to medical strategy
  • Keep abreast of relevant medical literature. Review Biogen literature alerts and work with Product Managers and SFE (Scientific Field Excellence) responsible for education of ABMs on relevant literature alerts
  • Discuss, analyse and educate on appropriate medical and scientific publications and clinical study findings in collaboration with Medical Manager
  • As per requested attend national and international conferences and provide a medical summary of these conferences to internal stakeholders
  • Provide scientific presentations to individual physicians or groups of physicians, e.g. scientific seminars, round table, journal clubs

2. Internal Collaboration
  • Work with relevant commercial counterparts to address specific regional needs from a medical perspective in alignment with both medical and commercial brand plans
  • Record all healthcare professional (HCP) interactions and track MSL activity inthe CRM database
  • Participate in respective integrated brand team meetings to provide in-field medical updates, trends, insights and competitor intelligence
  • Contribute to in-field medical training of ABMs and be available as a medical resource for the Sales team Support Medical Manager in the coordination of advisory board meetings/steering committees, including speaker briefings
  • Collaborate with relevant medical and commercial team/s to develop strategy and execute tactics on communication of complex scientific information to relevant healthcare professionals
  • Collaborate with Global Clinical Operations (GCO) and Medical Managers with respect to clinical trial execution eg site identification, Site Initiation visits
  • Collaborate with Medical Director to drive approval and set-up of appropriate IITs
  • Regularly (at least monthly) liaise with other medical and commercial team/s to ensure consistency and alignment in strategy/tactics
3. Compliance
  • Ensure speaker briefings, contracts and slide review processes adhere to SOPs
  • Maintain compliance within the Medicines Australia and Biogen frameworks and codes of conduct
  • Maintain 100% training compliance on all allocated courses and internal SOPs
Other accountabilities in this role:
  • Recording of customer interactions and activity in CRM system
  • Thought leaders mapping and KME engagement plans
  • Medical insights gathering and sharing with internal team
  • Management of IIT proposals


To demonstrate success in this role you will be degree qualified, preferablyin science, pharmacy or medicine and will have have a minimum of3 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry (neuro disease therapy area experience will be highly regarded).

You will also possess:
  • Proven functional & technical skills
  • Impeccable communication skills with the ability to communicate complex data to different audiences
  • The ability to operate as a strong team player and collaborator
  • A strong customer focus - both towardinternal and external stakeholders
  • The ability to identify problems, conduct analysis, create solutions, and communicate to stakeholders
  • The ability to provide proactive input on issues
  • The ability to make evidence-based decisions keeping the best interests of the patients, the HCP's and business in mind
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in understanding more about please register your interest today!

Biogen ANZ embraces an inclusive workplace environment and applicants of all backgrounds and experiences. However, visa sponsorships are unavailable for this position and only applicants who have unlimited working rights in Australia will be considered.

Given Biogen's unique position in neuroscience we have a need to attract a certain profile and calibre of candidates. To achieve this, we have an internal recruitment team that is very well-resourced and as such rarely need to go out to the market externally. On the very rare occasion an external supplier is needed we work closely with a specialist group of preferred providers.

No agencies please

Additional Information

What an exciting time to join the team at Biogen ANZ.

If you think you have what it takes and want to really make a difference in our patients' lives then register your interest today!

Caring Deeply. Working Fearlessly. Changing Lives.™

At Biogen, our mission is clear: we are pioneers in neuroscience.

Since our founding in 1978 as one of the world’s first global biotechnology companies by Charles Weissmann, Heinz Schaller, Kenneth Murray and Nobel Prize winners Walter Gilbert and Phillip Sharp, Biogen has led innovative scientific research with the goal over the last decade to defeat devastating neurological diseases.

Millions of people around the world are affected by multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Many people also suffer from less common diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

We believe that no other disease area holds as much need or as much promise for medical breakthroughs as neuroscience.

Biogen has some of the world’s best neurologists and neuroscientists. We engage with physicians and scientific leaders around the world with the aim to further medical research. Our focus on neuroscience, our deep scientific expertise and our courage to take risks make us leaders in the research and development of medicines to transform neuroscience to benefit society.

Our technology and engineering capabilities create novel ways to seamlessly transition products from development to manufacturing with the intent of bringing our high-quality medicines to market faster.

We respect the contributions of health care providers caring for people living with neurological diseases. We honor the important role of caregivers, families and friends who care about them.

Biogen is committed to working with advocacy and patient organisations as they serve the communities they represent.

Recognising the challenges facing health care systems today, we collaborate with regulatory authorities and customers such as health care providers and payers, so that those in need can access our medicines.

Professional, ethical, and compliant, we hold ourselves accountable to deliver value to our shareholders.

Biogen contributes to the communities where we live. We are committed to our employees, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

We care deeply about making a difference.

We work fearlessly. We do not give up even when challenged, pursuing innovation in all that we do.

We are humbled by the opportunity to change lives.

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