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Medical Development Director, Oncology ( R-08955)

Business Development




Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Medical Development Director, Oncology


Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

Summary / purpose of the position

The Medical Development Director (MDD) is part of the Global Oncology Therapeutic Area team, participates in the evaluation and the development of the Clinical Development Plan (CDP) and medical aspects of the Integrated Development commercialization Plan (IDCP) of Ipsen’s new products in oncology under the direction of the Senior MDD, Global Development Lead, Onivyde and Global Asset Lead. Works in partnership with the Global Asset Team.

This position:

  • Recognized as influential leader, develops, proposes, and influences asset teams on new uses for compounds currently in proof of concept and/or life cycle management.
  • Works closely in partnership with Global oncology teams: External Innovation, Early Development, Regulatory Affairs, Drug Safety, Medical Affairs, Business Development, legal and commercial Franchise Oncology in providing medical support for drug development programs and clinical/medical evaluation of new BD opportunities
  • Delivers high-quality medical/scientific/strategic input and medical/scientific interpretation on specific product data in fulfilment of the development business objectives for registration
  • Provide pivotal medical input to Ipsen’s individual oncology drugs, including but not limited to recently acquired assets, and to support regional and/or global drug development
  • Ensures from a medical perspective compliance with GCP, ethical, scientific and medical guidelines and statutory principles throughout all clinical development activities
  • Consistently works within complex medical situations under tight time constraints, prioritizing appropriately to deliver expected results
  • Manages effectively relationships in a cross functional and matrix environment with internal and external stakeholders
  • Advises the Senior MDD and Global Asset Lead on critical issues deserving immediate attention and escalation, proposing actionable solutions.

Main responsibilities / job expectations

Core Remit of Activities Internal to Therapeutic Area Development (approx. 65%)

  • Support in all medical, scientific, strategic and clinical matters both Project Teams and drug development programs from lead compound identification to product registration and launch
  • Serves as the clinical referent for due diligence activities
  • Participate with TA Head and other senior managers in establishing strategic plans and objectives for new oncology assets
  • Provide medical, scientific and strategic expertise, contribute to and/or prepare CDP and clinical trial related documents, including but not limited to Investigator Brochure, communication with regulatory authorities, clinical trial synopses, clinical trial protocols, clinical summaries, Clinical Study Report, with the support of other R&D functions and in line with IDP
  • Ensure execution of CDP and establish where necessary cross-functional alignment to support execution of CDP
  • Make final decisions on clinical and medical matters for clinical study teams, supporting clinical operations to achieve clinical team objectives and execution of clinical programs.
  • Work on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of relevant programs and therapeutic area.
  • Act as a resource for clinical study teams and relevant project teams, contribute to the development of key documents (for example TPP, IDP, KPIs). Ensure budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements.
  • Regularly interact with major internal and external stakeholders (KOLs Investigators, experts). Interactions frequently involve utilization of key communication skills and medical expertise, such as negotiating with customers or management or influencing senior level leaders within and outside of Research and Development regarding matters of significance to the organization
  • Share with Clinical Operations responsibility of clinical trials oversight and ensure the efficient, safe, ethical and high-quality conduct of clinical trials
  • Support the conduct of clinical trials as part of the Clinical Study Team and interfacing with medical CRO representatives
  • Contribute to medical monitoring to ensure data integrity and coherence of data interpretation under the guidance of Target Patient Profile (TP) and IDP
  • Acts as a subject matter expert for internal resources
  • Contribute to and review scientific communication (abstracts, articles, presentations for internal and external purposes) of Ipsen sponsored studies
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with external medical experts and key thought leaders and to represent Ipsen R&D Oncology TA at investigator meetings, advisory boards, scientific conference or alike

Core Remit of Activities External to Therapeutic Area Development (approx. 35%)

  • Proactively liaise with Global Drug Discovery to ensure scientific and medical integrity of IDP, TPP etc
  • As appropriate, participates in competitive intelligence and/or other market/industry assessment activities and projects within the oncology area.
  • Liaise with key internal experts as required to support pre-clinical programs and Project Teams for most efficient development of new chemical entities
  • Liaise with Early Clinical Development platform and Clinical Pharmacology department to provide medical expertise to Early Development programs (up to and including proof-of-concept studies)
  • Liaise as medical expert with External Innovation and business development teams to optimize the due diligence activities

General duties and responsibilities

  • Comply with Ipsen’s SOPs, GCP, governmental policies, regulations, statutory guidelines and applicable laws regulating drug development and clinical research
  • Develop and maintain state of the art scientific, medical and managerial knowledge by :
    • Establishing and maintaining an external professional network
    • Reading pertinent scientific and medical publications
    • Attending pertinent training courses, workshops, conferences etc.
  • Commit to support transformation and change management of R&D division with a focus on high performance culture, data quality, timeliness and budget control accounts
  • Assume tasks within the context of team performance and project progress in an objective-driven, solution and results oriented manner with an overall can-do attitude
  • Be a proactive member and contributor to Ipsen’s medical community

Knowledge, abilities & experience

Education / Certifications:

  • Medical Doctor (MD)

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ proven experience in oncology development area (from pre-clinical to registration).
  • Industry experience an asset.
  • Substantial scientific and academic experience (preferably with clinical trial experience); with state-of-the-art medical, scientific knowledge; and track record of successful publications
  • Substantial experience in pharmaceutical drug development and, in industry context, track record of global clinical trials management
  • Previous experience directly and independently leading projects and/or a team of professionals
  • Previous experience on transversal projects (with other functions) and multiple therapeutic areas and stages of drug development, exhibiting the ability to influence others (above and beyond ones’ own function)

Key Technical Competencies Required

  • Objective-driven, solution and results oriented, with a solid sense of urgency
  • Excels in working in matrix organizations and project teams
  • Excellent priority setting, time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills

In order to maintain a safe work environment, Ipsen requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus at the time of employment.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.