Medical Science Liaison Specialist/ Biopharma (Tokyo)

Posted 30 May 2023

Tokyo, Tokyo - Japan

Req Id 263415


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Functional area description:

Roles providing expertise on scientific topics regarding relevant disease areas and Company assets to ensure their safe and appropriate use by patients.


Job description:

Acts as a field-based expert, building relationships with External Experts as trusted scientific partners. Exchanges credible scientific information to ensure theoptimal use of Company assets and to improve patient care. Gathers and provides insights back to the Company to inform strategy and activities.


•    Understands local Field Medical strategies and how they align to the Country and above Country Medical strategies; applies these strategies and prioritized scientific information to external stakeholder interaction plans
•    Gathers and internally communicates relevant opinions, expert knowledge, Medical Insights and research and development concepts from external stakeholders to inform, advance and potentially influence the strategic direction of the Medical Affairs department and Company


•    Maintains and demonstrates comprehensive and in-depth scientific knowledge of assigned therapeutic area (TA), including disease states, research advances, approved treatment options and investigational therapies 
•    Leads or contributes to Medical Affairs field activities in assigned territory along defined Medical launch/asset strategies and plans
•    Develops and implements territory Medical plans with assigned HCPs
•    Expertly communicates complex scientific information to internal and external stakeholders
•    Communicates information regarding adverse reactions and /or quality issues to the responsible Patient Safety and/ or Healthcare Quality colleague within appropriate timeframes
•    Ensures operational excellence by sharing best practices and communicating Medical Insights internally
•    Continuously strengthens competencies in conducting both in-person and virtual scientific interactions, including optimal choice and use of technology and effective communication and listening skills
•    Successfully completes all required internal and external trainings
•    Compliantly follows all Good Clinical Practice, relevant company SOPs, Policies, local laws and regulations 
•    May develop Medical material, provide Medical review of material, deliver Medical training 


•    Provides comprehensive scientific education on disease states, therapeutic options and research advances of shared importance to the Company and external stakeholders within assigned territory to enhance external stakeholders’ understanding and knowledge of Company activities and assets
•    Delivers accurate and timely scientific information on Company assets to assigned external stakeholders within territory, customizing the scientific information and delivery method to meet the needs and preferences of each external stakeholder, to ensure the relevance and impact of the communications and, ultimately, the timely, safe and appropriate use of Company assets by patients 
•    Provides external stakeholders with accurate, up-to-date and fair-balanced information on Company’s investigational therapies following global and local rules regarding proactive and reactive communication
•    Anticipates the unmet educational needs of stakeholders on medical, clinical, epidemiologic, and scientific topics and employs cutting edge science in leading discussions to advance their understanding of the disease by sharing information and answering questions based on approved material within Regulatory guidelines
•    Maintains a deep understanding of the Company’s clinical research activities and focus areas, and of the clinical investigators’ activities, research experience and research potential throughout territory. Offers suggestions on appropriate clinical trials sites when appropriate. 
•    Maintains awareness of the TA Strategic Objectives and associated data collection targets. Identifies opportunities during interactions with stakeholders to potentially engage in Real World Evidence and other data generation and analysis projects within the territory. Communicates these potential opportunities to internal stakeholders using appropriate channels. 
•    May work collaboratively and in coordination with Clinical Development and Clinical Operations to support research studies by raising study awareness across territory; science-focused engagements with investigators and site staff; discussions on compound MoA, clinical development plans, treatment landscape, existing data and potential referral pathways; and developing and maintaining site relationships as the point of contact for scientific education, information and non-study-related medical topics
•    May support Investigator-Sponsored Studies (ISS) by communicating areas of clinical interest and acting as the main internal point of contact and liaison for ISS submissions and discussions


•    Identifies and interacts with key members of the Medical community (external stakeholders including Healthcare Professionals (HCPs/"thought leaders") and possibly other healthcare stakeholders such as access decision makers, government organizations and patient groups within assigned territory and TA, with given frequency and pre-defined metrics, in accordance with local regulations
•    Comprehensively profiles and prioritizes stakeholders in line with the TA Medical plan while identifying opportunities to collaborate to address HCPs’ therapeutic goals 
•    Establishes robust, long-term peer relationships with thought leaders, other stakeholder partners, Medical Societies and Policy Organizations 
•    Represents Medical Affairs and the Company as a trusted scientific resource to external stakeholders within assigned territory
•    Facilitates partnerships on innovative research and healthcare solutions with external stakeholders
•    Represents Company at congresses, Medical Education programs, and other scientific events and meetings
•    Engages with internal colleagues (Field Medical colleagues, Medical Affairs department, Clinical Operations, Clinical Development and Commercial colleagues as appropriate, etc.) in developing, delivering and participating in Medical and/or cross-functional initiatives
•    May contribute to educational meetings or scientific Advisory Boards at local/regional and national level
•    May provide scientific training to HCPs (e.g., contracted speakers)




Internal colleagues (MSL and other Field Medical colleagues, Medical Affairs department, Marketing & Commercial colleagues as appropriate, etc.)
•    Key Account Managers
•    Local Medical Information 
•    Global Field Medical Excellence & HCP Exchange
•    Global and Regional Medical Affairs
•    Other local functions, including Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality, Regulatory, Market Access, Communications, etc.


•    External stakeholders including HCPs, and possibly including stakeholders from managed care organizations, government organizations and/or patient groups 



•    University degree (Bachelor’s) required, preferably in scientific field of relevance to position
•    Secondary/ advanced scientific degree (e.g., MSc, PharmD, PhD, DO, MD) preferred
•    Scientific and/ or clinical training in area of relevance to position strongly preferred


Job specific Competencies & Skills:

•    Advanced English language competency and fluency in local language
•    Advanced scientific knowledge, relationship building and networking skills
•    Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically
•    Strong ability to evaluate publications on scientific content and communicate peer to peer on the scientific content with external stakeholders
•    Master communicator to external stakeholders and peers, in both small and large group settings
•    Ability to build ongoing and productive relationships throughout the organization to achieve strategic goals
•    Excellent organizational and time management skills
•    Highly developed interpersonal and teamwork skills 
•    Excellent presentation and communication skills, for both in-person and virtual environments 
•    Good knowledge of computer tools and software (MS Office), including virtual interaction platforms (MS Teams, Zoom, etc.)
•    Good conflict resolution/management skills


Recruiting contact: Maiko Yamasue

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