May 28th, 2024 Medical Affairs

Senior Director Medical Affairs (Rare Disease)

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Please note that this position is based in Princeton, NJ. Acadia's hybrid model requires this role to work in our office three days per week on average.

The Senior Medical Director will lead the development and execution of the medical strategy for Rett Syndrome.  This will be accomplished by working in close collaboration with colleagues in Commercial, Regulatory, Market Access, Clinical Development, Corporate Affairs, Patient Advocacy and other key cross functional areas.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide scientific and medical leadership, including development of strategic plans, identifying specific unmet medical needs, and data gaps.
  • Establish appropriate strategic partnerships with centers of excellence, advocacy groups and KOLs in areas of scientific interest.
  • Lead the design and execution of the medical plan and tactics including Real-World Evidence generation plans, working in close collaboration with other functional colleagues, including regulatory, commercial, and clinical development.
  • Lead efficient execution of the phase IV studies, including oversight of CROs, compliance with company’s policies and procedures, and study budget management.
  • Provide medical expertise and editorial support in the data dissemination from clinical and non-interventional studies at conferences and in medical journals.
  • Involvement with key HCPs in the exchange of scientific and medical information including Advisory Boards and presentations at national and international meetings.
  • Develop and maintain close professional relationships with Key Opinion Leaders and emerging scientific leaders in the community.
  • Assists in publication activities, including review and approval of abstracts and manuscripts, publication strategy development and collaboration with both internal and external authors.
  • Contribute in discussions with Development colleagues and ensure that MA (including HEOR) perspectives are provided and incorporated in Development plans.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

Requires a MD, Ph.D., PharmD, or equivalent degree.  Targeting 10 years of progressively experience within the pharmaceutical or biotech industry.  Must have rare disease experience.  An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.

  • Strong strategic and execution skills.
  • Ability to work closely with HCPs in the rare disease space and provide valuable scientific exchange specifically in Rett Disease including clinical research, patient and caregiver burden, disease landscape and payer value.
  • Demonstrates complex problem-solving skills and ability to manage more complex problems within TA or product teams.
  • Experience managing people with situational leadership skills and ability to develop and retain talent.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong formal presentation skills.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity, represent the company’s high ethics, moral behavior, and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain scientific credibility while being commercially supportive, and to communicate scientific results and effectively respond to data queries from customers and/or consultants.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods, research design and medical practices and procedures.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, etc.) and knowledge of database management (Veeva Vault, etc.)

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.  Ability to travel independently overnight and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues.




What we offer you (US-Based Employees):

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement (US-Based Employees): Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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