Head of Global Scientific Affairs

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Head of Global Scientific Affairs

The Head of Global Scientific Affairs/Communications will be accountable for the development and implementation of the global scientific communications strategy and establishment of scientific strategic communication platforms for all AVROBIO products in development.

Jun 1 2021
Key Responsibilities
  • Knowledge base development
    1. Develop in-depth therapeutic knowledge of disease, epidemiology, product and competitor product information
  • Scientific communication strategy development and implementation
    1. Overall responsibility for the development and implementation of all scientific communications initiatives, with input from other team members and external agencies, as required
    2. Lead & manage key scientific communication initiatives including:
      • Key scientific message bank & evidence base
      • Publications plan, working closely with internal and external authors to facilitate the development of abstracts, posters, presentations, original manuscripts, review papers, case reports, etc.
      • Publication library resources
      • Congress plan, including identification of key congresses, milestone deadline dates and congress activities, including abstract submissions (as above), satellite symposia, meet the experts, competitive intelligence reporting, etc. Cover poster and scientific sessions at select medical conferences and write debriefs. Facilitate the development of congress presentations with external authors prior to and onsite congresses (e.g. slide reviews)
      • KOL advocacy programs, including speaker bureaus, advisory boards, advisory board reports, etc
      • Review corporate communications and IR materials, including press releases,  backgrounders, FAQ, etc., for medical accuracy
      • Working with Director of Patient Advocacy, collaborate on patient initiatives
      • Digital initiatives for the presentation and sharing of key scientific data
      • Medical communication/education tools for internal and external use, including slide decks, standard response / FAQ documents, etc, for a range of stakeholders, including investor relations and medical information purposes
      • Working with the SVP of Corporate Communications, support internal scientific and corporate communications initiatives
      • Contribute to providing medical content of regulatory/SEC filings
    3. Work with clinical team at conferences to foster relationships with key opinion leaders and as AVROBIO grows, contributions to staffing scientific information booths
  • Cross-functional team liaison
    1. Collaborate with multiple functional teams, including Clinical and R&D, to identify available data and publications into medical communications and educational resources, as well as other team members, including the Director of Patient Advocacy
    2. Act as a resource to others external to the clinical team
    3. Represent medical scientific communication and information function at internal meetings
  • External agency/vendor liaison
    1. Manage all external agencies/vendors involved in the development and roll out of all scientific communication initiatives, as required
  • Lead internal scientific communication review & QC processes
    1. Represent medical scientific communication and information function at internal meetings
    2. Review/approve all externally-developed communications materials (e.g., those prepared by freelancers, agencies, etc.)
    3. Review/approve all external scientific communications materials to ensure all meet the necessary regulatory and legal requirements (adherence to GPP2, ICMJE, national/local regulations, etc.)
    4. Launch and manage scientific communications functional operations, through development of SOPs / work processes and recruitment of additional key medical talent, when required
Minimum Requirements/ Qualifications
  • Advanced, doctoral level degree preferred. PhD, MD, MSc/MPH, PharmD, with 8+ years of experience within a pharmaceutical company environment required
  • Gene therapy and rare disease experience preferred
  • Excellent management, communication and organizational skills required with demonstrated success in leading projects and interacting with cross functional teams
  • Passionate commitment, detail-oriented and a strong team player
  • Ability to work independently and reliably deliver objectives of high quality in a timely manner
  • Experience in all stages of drug development
  • Strong Global clinical research experience and working as part of a cross functional clinical team
  • In-depth knowledge of the regulatory path across the various health authorities (FDA, EMA, PMDA, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly understand and apply scientific concepts in a clinical setting.
  • Able to evaluate, interpret and synthesize scientific data, and verbally present and critically discuss clinical trial data in internal and external meetings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Our vision is to bring personalized gene therapy to the world. We aim to prevent, halt or reverse disease throughout the body with a single dose of gene therapy designed to drive durable expression of functional protein, even in hard-to-reach tissues and organs including the brain, muscle and bone. Our ex vivo lentiviral gene therapy pipeline includes clinical programs in Fabry disease, Gaucher disease type 1 and cystinosis, as well as preclinical programs in Hunter syndrome, Gaucher disease type 3 and Pompe disease. AVROBIO is powered by our industry leading plato® gene therapy platform, our foundation designed to deliver gene therapy worldwide. We are headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with an office in Toronto, Ontario.

AVROBIO, Inc is an EEO employer