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International Medical Affairs Lead / Director - United Kingdom  

Kyowa Kirin (company)


Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

International Medical Affairs Lead / Director 
  • As International Medical Affairs Lead for Bone Metabolism, you will have an incredible opportunity to lead the medical affairs activities that will improve the lives of patients with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) - a rare genetic disorder of phosphate metabolism. 
  • You will be responsible for the international launch of Burosumab, a fully humanised monoclonal antibody against the phosphaturic hormone - fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23).
  • An application has been made for conditional approval in Europe and you will be integral in its success, which will change the lives of patients living with this disabling condition.
  • You will be in a position to demonstrate true leadership; providing strategic direction to our European affiliates as well as liaising with Japanese colleagues to develop, coordinate and implement International Medical Affairs activities in support of the introduction of a first in class rare disease treatment. 
  • Our parent company has a product pipeline that will lead to an expanded product portfolio that offers real prospects for continued personal development.

Key Responsibilities will include: 
  • Representing company's medical interests in interactions with our US-based development partner, commercial teams and payer/market access partners. 
  • The launch and post launch medical communications strategy including MSL strategy, publications and congress activity. 
  • Engagement with key stakeholders including external experts and patient organisations. 
  • Provision of disease and product based education for internal and external customers. 
  • Develop and lead an Early Access programme. 
  • Lead and deliver a lifecycle management strategy; encompassing clinical development, investigator sponsored trial program and real world evidence generation. 
  • As the medical lead ensure the position of affiliate based colleagues is communicated to HQ based functions e.g. regulatory, QA and drug safety. 
  • To excel in this role you will be a pharmaceutical physician with significant industry experience and proven Medical Affairs experience across the EU. 
  • A background in rare diseases, including launch phase and development experience is desirable. 
  • A comprehensive understanding of Industry medical and financial governance norms, with particular reference to compliance, regulations and codes of scientific and Promotional Practice will be required.
  • Crucially you will show an ability to influence international cross functional teams and stakeholders and have a can-do, roll your sleeves up and get the job done outlook.
  • With our impressive continued growth and enviable product pipeline we would also be interested to connect with Medical Affairs professionals with Therapeutic Area expertise in Oncology / Oncology Support, who may also be interested in opportunities within our European affiliates.
  • Headquartered in the UK with affiliate businesses across Europe and the US, our product portfolio focuses in the therapeutic areas of Rare Diseases, Oncology/Oncology supportive care, Nephrology and CNS.