Medical Communications Lead- Hemophilia/Luxturna
Job Opportunity at Spark Therapeutics, Inc

Posted on Jul 4

http://www.sparktx.com    215-220-9300

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4149256

This role is a critical member of the Global Medical Affairs team. The ideal candidate will will spend 50% of their time on hemophilia and 25% of their time on ophthalmology. S/he will be responsible for development and implementation of high-impact strategic publications, physician-directed communications, medical education, and medical advocacy plans for company products. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, experience with scientific publications, and the ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, KOLs, and medical societies alike.
The candidate will engage with cross-functional partners including research, clinical, marketing, patient advocacy and medical affairs and oversee the timely planning, tracking, and strategic message development, and planning and execution for advisory boards and medical education.  This role will require the ability to interpret scientific/clinical data and help develop and communicate a compelling scientific platform and narrative for identified Spark products.
This person is accountable for writing and editing slides, publications and internal documents containing data from company-sponsored clinical and preclinical programs with minimal supervision. Internal documents may include scientific platforms, dossiers, and presentations. The scope also includes the management and oversight of the development of scientific publications, as well as providing strategic insight into publication plans as well as operational management of scientific/medical conventions, including leading the process to ensure internal compliance reviews and approvals. S/he will also manage cross-functional teams and external vendors when appropriate to support the activities mentioned above.

  • Collaborate with R&D, Medical and Commercial partners on developing a Medical Communications plan that is supportive of strategic medical objectives.  Execute medical education programs, scientific congress activities, and medical society outreach to gather insights, educate the medical community, and build advocacy for Spark development and launch activities.  Support scientific publication planning and delivery as necessary.
  • Develop forums and processes to communicate results and accomplishments to key stakeholders and to senior management
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with key opinion leaders, and our advocacy partners (professional and patient organizations)
  • Build strong collaborative relationships within the organization, and ensure visibility of Medical Affairs activities.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Pubs Hub, Data Vision or electronic review process
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently and collaboratively, as required, in a fast-paced, cross-functional, matrixed, team environment consisting of internal and external team members.
  • Analytical and critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills, including scientific/ technical writing and presentations including the ability to communicate complex scientific and clinical data to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent planning, organization, attention to detail, project management and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines.
  • Experience in orphan/rare diseases, Hemophilia, and genetic disorders.

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in healthcare, scientific or related discipline and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related environment, preferably working within a matrix structure.
  • A medical or advanced scientific degree (MD, Pharm D, Ph.D.) is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in medical communications and Hemophilia experience is preferred
  • Vast knowledge of medical communications approaches and best practices of ICJME, GPP2 is required
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal guidelines regarding medical communications strategy and execution


Transforming Patient’s Lives. Spark Therapeutics is a pioneering gene therapy leader transforming the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing one-time, life-altering treatments. We are embarking on our goal to deliver the first approved gene therapy product in the US for genetic blinding conditions and have a product pipeline addressing other unmet rare genetic diseases. We have an entrepreneurial culture and are looking for talented and passionate professionals who are committed and motivated to making a difference in the lives of our patients. If you share our passion for excellence and are looking for a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity, scientific innovation and team collaboration, you may be a great fit for our team.

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