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Medical Director, Medical Affairs

Location: Rockville - Remote - Rockville, United States
Date Posted: Feb 5, 2024
Requisition ID: AR1448
Job Type: Full-time

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Our Mission: Changing the trajectory of autoimmune diseases.
Our Vision: Enabling patients to live their fullest life.
We are a dedicated team of experts committed to changing the trajectory of autoimmune diseases with unmet medical needs. We are relentless in our pursuit to provide transformative medical treatments. We are resilient. We care. 
Along with driving adoption of our approved therapy, LUPKYNIS™, for appropriate people with lupus nephritis, we are pursuing a broader portfolio of innovative autoimmune disease therapies. 
Our strategy leverages the skills and knowledge of our expert team and our deep experience in principled drug development and commercialization. Aurinia’s working environment enables every individual to thrive in a professional atmosphere guided by our Culture Values: 
  • Achieve together
  • Collaborate
  • Explore & build
  • Act responsibly
Together, we drive to change the trajectory of autoimmune disease for patients in need. 
Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry leaders ensuring the scientific value of our products is understood. We connect, communicate and train internal employees to ensure a thorough understanding of the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to support collaboration to further differentiate our portfolio. 
The Medical Director, is a credentialed (i.e., MD, PhD, or PharmD) therapeutic and disease expert who engages in scientific exchange with leaders in the external medical and scientific community. The role provides research support to our trials to enhance the understanding of the scientific foundations and goals of the study, cross-functional internal support and training, publications, and support of medical information. 

  • Medical Plan. Responsible for the specialty-specific components of the Medical Plan, including the Medical strategy and tactical plan, as well as the Evidence generation plan.
  • Content Generation. Content generation for supporting other areas of the Medical Affairs department, including MSL materials, engagement materials, training materials, and communication imperatives in alignment with the Medical Plan.
  • Subject matter expertise. The Rheumatology Medical Director is considered an internal subject-matter expert, and is expected to guide and support Medical Affairs and other areas on specialty-specific matters. In this role, acts as medical support when needed to guide internal partner strategy and review materials intended for external utilization.
  • Expert review. Review company-sponsored and investigator-sponsored research to enhance the understanding of scientific foundations and goals of the study, and its alignment to Aurinia’s priority areas.
  • Guide and facilitate publications strategies and interactions with external authors.
  • Guide strategic communication and materials development for medical communication.
  • May initiate discussion with potential investigators to determine the level of interest and qualifications for a specific compound or trial.
  • Engagement. The Rheumatology Medical Director is expected to play several roles related to external engagement:
    • Address requests from investigators for information regarding participation in our Research and Development studies.
    • Identify KOLs and other HCP for expert advice.
    • Develop professional relationships and communicate with national and regional scientific leaders to ensure access to medical and scientific information on areas of therapeutic interest and company products.
    • Support other customer-facing areas when necessary, such as Corporate Affairs, Access, Sales, etc.
    • When requested by our Research and Development team, serve as a resource for the identification of potential investigators for consideration for participating in clinical development programs.
    • Conduct peer to peer scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence with those scientific leaders to ensure they have a medical contact within the company.
    • Attend scientific and medical meetings.
  • Other key responsibilities.
    • Facilitate education and training to internal stakeholders of current knowledge and understanding of dynamic scientific and clinical environment in the company's areas of interest.
    • Serve as a role model for other field medical team members, including on-boarding and/or therapeutic training partner.
    • Minimum of 5 years US experience and proven therapeutic competencies in rheumatology (required).
    • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., MD, PharmD, PhD)
    • Advanced clinical and/or scientific knowledge in rheumatology.
    • Capable of conducting doctoral level discussions with key external stakeholders
Preferred qualifications: 
  • 3 Years of experience in US or Global Medical Affairs is strongly preferred.
  • Experience writing clinical study reports, poster presentations, and manuscripts for publication in a scientific journal is preferable.
  • Clinical experience in the rheumatology, chronic inflammation or autoimmune diseases.
  • Significant leadership experience.
Other qualifications: 
  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constant changing environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Works independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work in smaller start-up environment.
  • Travel approximately 30%.

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