Medical Affairs Director Endocrinology

Job Description
Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for patients affected by rare and debilitating diseases for over 30 years. We accomplish our goals through world-class research, collaboration with the global patient community, and with the compassion and commitment of our employees. With a focus on rare diseases and multiple sclerosis, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the patients and families we serve. Genzyme's portfolio of transformative therapies, which are marketed in countries around the world, represent groundbreaking and life-saving advances in medicine. As a Sanofi company, Genzyme benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients. Learn more at

Medical Director, US Medical Affairs, Endocrinology

Purpose of the job:

To maximize patient access within the United States to and their benefit from Thyrogen (a Genzyme drug) and also Afirma (a molecular test being co-promoted by Genzyme with Veracyte, Inc.), and possibly other Genzyme drugs in the future.

This Medical Affairs Director will play a key role in the commercial and clinical development of these products through implementation of strategic alignment and the execution of activities related to investigator and opinion leader outreach, investigator sponsored studies, company sponsored non-registration trials, publication planning, CME, grants and scholarships. As part of the execution of Genzyme strategy, he/she will work closely with the leadership of Genzyme's Global Medical Affairs, Clinical Research, Commercial and Product Management functions.

This person also will provide advice and possibly direct assistance at times for relevant Endocrine activities outside of the United States, although that ex-United States role will not be the primary focus of this position.

Core activities:

Using insights collected in the United States market, he/she will define, in collaboration with the Global Medical Affairs management, the Medical Affairs strategy for the United States

He/she will develop and manage a ""thought leader network"" to support the successful implementation of the Medical Affairs strategy

Encourages key physicians and scientists to submit their ideas for important investigator sponsored studies, publications, reviews or other activities that would advance knowledge about and use of Thyrogen and Afirma.

Supervises the development and execution of publication planning to ensure that all data generated by Genzyme or investigator sponsored trials are publically presented in an appropriate and timely fashion and in a fair and balanced manner

Provides input into the agenda and content of regional educational meetings, advisory boards and speakers programs.

Provides medical support and guidance to the commercial, marketing and sales team. This includes assisting with review and formal approval of brochures, slides and other materials intended for marketing purposes (including participation in the Promotion Review Board, PRB), and educational talks or documents to assist the team to understand new data.
Assists with support of activities/answering questions at exhibit booths at scientific meetings.

Represents Genzyme at medical meetings, advisory boards, outreach meetings at key institutions, and in interactions with thought leaders.

Participates in Corporate Liaison Boards organized by various organizations and professional societies

Represents Genzyme Medical Affairs at a corporate level and in interactions with other business units to optimize collaboration in areas of overlapping interests


Excellent interpersonal skills

Copes well with ambiguity and is flexible

Is accustomed to navigating complex matrix organization

Ability to work with and lead teams

Proficient in public speaking

Sensitive to cross-cultural issues

Fluent in English (written and spoken)

Can solve complex problems

Ability to work independently as required, with guidance as needed

Anticipates customer needs; able to identify new solutions

Able to explain difficult concepts and convince others

Makes decisions guided by policies in non-standard situations

Potentially able to manage other people

Monitors and controls costs of his/her own work, and potentially could manage bidgets for moderate-sized projects

Work location and travel:

Position will be based in Massachusetts, most likely in Cambridge

Must be willing to travel about 30% of work time within the USA

May take one or two ex-USA trips for business purposes each year (passport in order)

Basic Qualifications:

Medical Degree
At least 5 years of medical affairs experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, with experience working with cross-functional in-house and field-based teams

Preferred Qualifications:

Board Certified preferred
Disease specialist area (such as Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology) preferred
Experience in both clinical research and medical affairs would be preferred



Job Code

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