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Medical Communications Lead-Luxturna

Date: Nov 30, 2018

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.


This role is a critical member of the Global Medical Affairs team. The ideal candidate will will spend 50% of their time on hemophilia and 25% of their time on ophthalmology. He/She will be responsible for development and implementation of high-impact strategic publications, physician-directed communications, medical education, and medical advocacy plans for company products. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, experience with scientific publications, and the ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, KOLs, and medical societies alike.

The candidate will engage with cross-functional partners including research, clinical, marketing, patient advocacy and medical affairs and oversee the timely planning, tracking, and strategic message development, and planning and execution for advisory boards and medical education.  This role will require the ability to interpret scientific/clinical data and help develop and communicate a compelling scientific platform and narrative for identified Spark products.

This person is accountable for writing and editing slides, publications and internal documents containing data from company-sponsored clinical and preclinical programs with minimal supervision. Internal documents may include scientific platforms, dossiers, and presentations. The scope also includes the management and oversight of the development of scientific publications, as well as providing strategic insight into publication plans as well as operational management of scientific/medical conventions, including leading the process to ensure internal compliance reviews and approvals. He/she will also manage cross-functional teams and external vendors when appropriate to support the activities mentioned above.



  • Collaborate with R&D, Medical and Commercial partners on developing a Medical Communications plan that is supportive of strategic medical objectives.  Execute medical education programs, scientific congress activities, and medical society outreach to gather insights, educate the medical community, and build advocacy for Spark development and launch activities.  Support scientific publication planning and delivery as necessary.     


  • Develop forums and processes to communicate results and accomplishments to key stakeholders and to senior management


  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with key opinion leaders, and our advocacy partners (professional and patient organizations)


  • Build strong collaborative relationships within the organization, and ensure visibility of Medical Affairs activities.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Pubs Hub, Data Vision or electronic review process
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently and collaboratively, as required, in a fast-paced, cross-functional, matrixed, team environment consisting of internal and external team members.
  • Analytical and critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills, including scientific/ technical writing and presentations including the ability to communicate complex scientific and clinical data to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent planning, organization, attention to detail, project management and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines.
  • Experience in orphan/rare diseases, Hemophilia, and genetic disorders.


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in healthcare, scientific or related discipline and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related environment, preferably working within a matrix structure.
  • A medical or advanced scientific degree (MD, Pharm D, Ph.D.) is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in medical communications and Hemophilia experience is perferd
  • Vast knowledge of medical communications approaches and best practices of ICJME, GPP2 is required
  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal guidelines regarding medical communications strategy and execution

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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