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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Associate Medical Director in Boston, Massachusetts

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the chance to change lives. At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

This is what you will do:

The Associate Medical Director provides input into a clinical study protocol and supports a clinical study team. The job holder supports assigned clinical development physician(s) and the therapeutic area head with deliverables necessary for effective and efficient clinical study design and execution. Assists in the preparation of study protocols and study execution. May also perform medical monitoring for one or more studies.

You will be responsible for:

  • Collaborate on, or lead where appropriate, the preparation of clinical study related documents including protocols, charters, statistical summary reports, meeting presentations, publications, and clinical sections of regulatory documents.

  • Liaise with other functions to enable quality clinical study execution; Provide input to the study team for country and site feasibility assessments

  • Collaborate with the clinical study team in site identification and selection, and provide assistance with study start-up activities; Participate in the development of clinical study protocol concept sheets and protocols, study operations manuals, and other study essential documents.

  • Participate in Investigator meeting planning and execution and/or on-site initiation meetings.

  • Monitor, clean, analyze and review safety and efficacy data to establish the presence or absence of trends and follow up as appropriate.

  • Support the design and execution of key elements of the Clinical Development Plan (clinical study or studies) and associated data collection activities, within a therapeutic area. Serve as the medical expert for clinical study team.

  • Liaise with other functions to arrange external expert consultations, contribute to the development of study concepts, protocol designs, and study essential documents. Engage with clinical investigators on clinical studies to enable quality clinical execution, analyze and interpret clinical data, and collaborate with the broader team to define the clinical strategy. Support CRAs/CROs on study protocol and related questions and serves as point of contact for managing/answering questions relating to trial procedures. Finally, engage with investigators, site staff, CROs, and site monitors to maintain enthusiasm and support enrollment for ongoing clinical studies.

  • Review and synthesize scientific literature and competitive intelligence to support study and program strategy

  • Maintain awareness of internal and external developments (scientific, clinical, competitive, and regulatory) that could impact the development plan, including attendance at major scientific conferences, participation in competitive intelligence activities, and periodic literature review.

  • Support development of publications arising from studies and other relevant initiatives.

  • Provide support for business development activities, such as due diligence and research collaborations. Where appropriate, serve as the SME for identification, translation, inclusion, implementation and reporting related to liquid, tissue and/or imaging endpoints.

    You will need to have:

  • MD or equivalent

  • Previous history designing and executing clinical trials

  • Safety medical monitoring and reporting experience

  • Protocol development experience

  • Regulatory experience

  • Basic statistical knowledge

  • Excellent written / oral communication skills

  • Ability to think strategically willingness to take on new responsibilities

    We would prefer for you to have:

  • Board Certification

  • Subspecialty certification Understanding of general (and specific) therapeutic principles

  • Knowledge in the principles of clinical research methodology, statistics, data analysis and interpretation

  • Familiar with scientific literature searches and weighing of quality peer reviewed data

  • Ability to clearly communicate to internal and external stakeholders orally and in writing

  • For those assigned to clinical endpoint support, e.g., imaging, experience in at least one meaningful modality, e.g., ultrasound, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography

  • Specific therapeutic area experience

  • Basics of strategic vs. tactical thinking

  • Experience in interacting with varying levels of internal/external management and/or academicians and/or clinicians and/or scientists, etc.

  • Strong business acumen; including in-depth knowledge of the multidisciplinary functions involved in a company‚Äôs drug development process, e.g., clinical operations, biostatistics, regulatory, commercial operations, etc. and can proactively integrate multiple perspectives into the clinical development process for best end-results

  • History of academic clinical or basic science research

  • Publication in peer reviewed journals

  • Minimum 3-5 years of industry experience

    The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to: use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging: engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours.

Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at:

Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion provides reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding an accommodation, please contact Alexion participates in E-Verify.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion offers a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more.

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