Medical Director, US Medical Affairs - SMA

Job Description

As a key member of the US Medical Neuromuscular team, the Medical Director is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the US medical strategy for Biogen’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) program.

  • Serve as the US Medical contact for Global Medical, Clinical development and R&D teams to ensure contribution of US Medical perspective to global strategy/tactics as well as alignment
  • Serve as the US Medical contact for key functions/stakeholders on the US affiliate level (e.g. Field Medical Teams (MSLs/MVLs), Commercial, Market Access, Legal/Compliance), effectively interactingand collaborating at multiple levels
  • Develop/implement strategy for US-relevant data generation and lead specific data generation projects to address identified medical/scientific data gaps in close collaboration and alignment with US NM clinical expert, global Medical, Clinical Development, Real World Evidence Generation teams and R&D
  • Serve as US Medical expert for US-focused collaborative research projects in alignment with US NM clinical expert and provide US-perspective for data generation activities on the global level
  • Provide medical expertise to cross-functional teams. As a content expert, develop and review medical materials like e.g. training materials for field medical teams, materials for KME engagements (proactive/reactive)
  • Provide medical oversight for promotional materials on the commercial Promotional Review Committee for contracted vendor reviewer as applicable in the process/in case of escalation
  • Contribute to the development/adaptation of medical materials (e.g. presentations, trainings, medical briefs and talking points) for the US Medical team according to DSMR requirements and manage submission processes
  • Engage, oversee and manage vendors involved in medical affairs activities and manage budget for assigned projects
  • Provide medical expertise for the content development for advisory board meetings, roundtables, medical forum events or other medical affairs activities
  • Present data at US Medical affairs events, incl. advisory boards and trainings as well as congresses/medical education events
  • Build and nurture relationships with external stakeholders in the therapeutic area landscape



  • MD, PhD, PharmD or other advanced degree in the life sciences is required
  • Minimum of 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and 3 years within a Medical Affairs Headquarters based position.
  • Minimum of 3 years leadership/management experience is required.
  • Experience in Medical Affairs or related industry function (e.g. HEORE, Real World evidence data generation) required.
  • Ability to understand the evolving market access and reimbursement landscape and the role of Medical strategies in the context of Biogen’s business needs
  • Ability to work with minimal oversight yet to engage in collaborative decision making, providing transparency, and ensuring alignment with key stakeholders as well as ability to complete tasks in a timely fashion, and function in a rapid-paced environment
  • Background in ethical evaluation of clinical research projects, and proven ability to conduct medical and scientific analysis and scientifically founded decision-making
  • Ability to effectively operate in a highly matrixed organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills and project management skills
  • Ability to take initiative and solve complex and challenging problems
  • Understanding of US regulatory environment and pharmaceutical industry regulations
  • Experience in Neurology/Neuromuscular Diseases and/or relevant experience in rare diseases is a plus

Additional Information

Biogen’s US Alzheimer’s Franchise is looking to recruit proven and ambitious sales achievers with at least five years of experience in pharma, specialty, hospital, med device/capital equipment, and/or biotech sales.
In this field-based, specialty sales representative position you will be called upon to sell our products with key stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s Disease community: including Neurologists and allied health professionals.