Head of Global Scientific Affairs

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Job Summary

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.

Key Responsibilities

Knowledge base development

  • Develop in-depth therapeutic knowledge of disease, epidemiology, product and competitor product information

Scientific communication strategy development and implementation

  • Overall responsibility for the development and implementation of all scientific communications initiatives, with input from other team members and external agencies, as required
  • Lead & manage key scientific communication initiatives including:
  1. Key scientific message bank & evidence base
  2. Publications plan, working closely with internal and external authors to facilitate the development of abstracts, posters, presentations, original manuscripts, review papers, case reports, etc.
  3. Publication library resources
  4. 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)
  5. KOL advocacy programs, including speaker bureaus, advisory boards, advisory board reports, etc
  6. PR initiatives, including press releases, press backgrounders, FAQ, etc
  7. Working with Director of Patient Advocacy, collaborate on patient initiatives
  8. Digital initiatives for the presentation and sharing of key scientific data
  9. Medical communication/education tools for internal and external use, including slide decks, standard response / FAQ documents, etc, for a range of stake holders, including investor relations and medical information purposes
  10. Internal scientific and corporate communications initiatives
  11. Contribute to providing medical content of regulatory/SEC filings
  • 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

  • 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
  • Act as a resource to others external to the clinical team
  • Represent medical scientific communication and information function at internal meetings

External agency/vendor liaison

  • 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

  • Represent medical scientific communication and information function at internal meetings
  • Review/approve all externally-developed communications materials (e.g., those prepared by freelancers, agencies, etc.)
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • Senior leader having over 10 years of pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry experience, with more than 8 years in scientific communications
  • Advanced scientific/medical degree (PhD, PharmD, MD) preferred
  • Rare disease and/or gene therapy related experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of US and international regulations, requirements, and guidance’s associated with scientific publications is required

AVROBIO, Inc., a leader in lentiviral-based gene therapies, is a clinical-stage company developing disruptive therapies that have the potential to transform patients’ lives with a single dose. The Company is focused on the development of its gene therapy candidate, AVR‑RD‑01, in Fabry disease, as well as additional gene therapy programs in other lysosomal storage disorders including Gaucher disease, Cystinosis and Pompe disease. AVROBIO’s lentiviral platform has broad potential for other rare and non-rare genetic diseases. AVROBIO is headquartered in Cambridge, MA and has offices in Toronto, ON.

AVROBIO, Inc is an EEO employer