UK Director of Medical Affairs - Gene Therapy

UK Director of Medical Affairs - Gene Therapy

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    Berkshire, England

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    Medical Affairs

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    Toby Ferguson

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    over 1 year ago

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UK Director of Medical Affairs - Gene Therapy

Pharma-Partners is working exclusively with a growing biotechnology business which has an exciting pipeline of gene therapy treatments across multiple therapy areas. This organisation will bring its first product to market in 2020, with additional developmental molecules at Phase II-III meaning further launches will not be too far in to the future. The UK will be a leading territory in Europe as this first product is launched and subsequent team expansion is executed.

Working in a small UK operation as part of the country leadership team, the Director of Medical Affairs will line manage a small team and drive affiliate pre-launch medical activity. You will engage with senior external stakeholders (HCPs/KOLs) in the disease area, communicate directly with external regulatory authorities, and represent the UK as part of the wider European medical affairs structure as it executes globally agreed strategic plans. Beyond medical affairs you will also closely support decision-making for local Market Access and Regulatory Affairs activities, by collaborating with departmental heads and their teams. This opportunity reports into regional medical affairs, though will have a strong working relationship with the UK General Manager.


  • Development and subsequent execution of local medical affairs strategy, which includes ensuring the medical/scientific credibility and integrity of all activities conducted within the affiliate
  • Acts as senior leadership figure for country medical affairs decision-making
  • Development and proactive maintenance of key scientific relationships with national Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) within the disease area, as well as payors and reimbursement authorities
  • Manage, mentor, and grow an office and field-based medical affairs team which is fit-for-purpose as this company brings new products to market
  • Ultimate responsibility for medical input to Health Technology Appraisals (HTAs), working in very close collaboration with colleagues in Market Access and Regulatory Affairs
  • Represent the organisation as appropriate at national, regional, and international meetings and congresses


  • Qualified physician (full GMC registration)
  • Significant post-qualification experience in clinical medicine in the NHS or equivalent
  • Significant experience in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience of product launch and ideally leading decision-making on local pre-launch medical affairs strategy (to include contributing to / leading on HTA submissions)
  • An ABPI Final Medical Signatory
  • Line management experience is a highly desirable
  • Experience working with Orphan drugs or in gene therapy is a "nice to have" and not a must
  • Someone who is happy with daily variety and a challenging fast-paced environment
  • This company promotes an extremely collaborative culture, so this person needs to be able to not focus on hierarchy and be happy involving themselves in work at both operational and strategic levels
  • You need to be able to continually communicate effectively with people at different levels across different teams

To apply for this position please use the "Easy Apply" option or feel free to send your CV directly to the Pharma-Partners team via email info@pharma-partners.co.uk