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Publications Lead, Medical Communications

Date: Feb 26, 2021

Location: 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.




The Publications Lead, Medical Communications reports into the Head of Medical Communications, Medical Affairs. The Publications Lead, Medical Communications is an integral member of the Medical Communications team and is responsible for leading the development and execution of scientific publication plans across therapeutic areas (TA), in alignment with integrated TA Medical Communications Strategies led by the Medical Communication Lead. 
This role will contribute to strategic publications discussions on data analyses and submission of data by collaborating with internal stakeholders and external authors/key opinion leaders to support timely submissions of publications to congresses (abstracts/presentations) or journals (manuscripts). The role will be responsible for the Publication platform in addition to related Spark publications policy, good publication practices, ICMJE guidelines and health care practitioner interaction policies to ensure publications are developed in a compliant manner. The role will also be responsible to develop and implement quality control measures as needed to ensure accuracy of data to be communicated. 
This role will collaborate with other internal stakeholders (R&D, Clinical Development, Corporate Communications) to disseminate publications to support internal awareness and support the overall TA specific Medical Communications strategy in collaboration with the Medical Communication Lead




Development of Publication Plans:

• In alignment with the integrated Medical Communications Strategy led by the TA Medical Communications Leads, drive the development of cross functional, strategic Publication Plans to ensure ethical and transparent disclosure of data from  Spark-sponsored clinical trials and other Spark-sponsored research

• Promote consistent process for publication management activities, including running publication planning meetings across TAs, and implement feedback into strategy to ensure publication plans are effective and efficient

• Ensure all assigned Spark-sponsored publications are developed according to Spark publication policy and good publication practice, including published guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE, CONSORT) 


Alignment with TA Medical Communications Strategy: 

• Collaborate with the Head of Medical Communications, CMO, CSO and other leaders to ensure strategic alignment of Spark’s Publications Plans with overall Medical and Research imperatives

• Work in close collaboration with the Therapeutic Area (TA) Medical Communications Leads to ensure alignment of TA publication plans with other Medical Communications deliverables such as TA specific Scientific Communications Platforms, congress activities, and educational resources  

• Oversight of literature searches/alert distribution based on scientific understanding of gene therapy and priorities on selected therapeutic topics/areas

• Contribute to efforts to build awareness of publications and Medical Communications to support internal strategic business decision-making 


Education and Experience Requirements


• Advanced degree (MD/PhD/PharmD) with a minimum of 8 years’ Publications and Scientific Communications experience working within pharmaceutical industry.

• Certification as a Medical Publications Professional (CMPP) strongly preferred.

• Management of publications agency vendors and writers • Budget development and management.

• Writing/editing experience for scientific/medical journal

• Occasional travel may be required (<10-15%) 


Key Skills and Abilities and Competencies

• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to take complex information and ideas and present them in a clear and concise way

• Experience in strategic publication planning and execution of publication plans, preferably across therapeutic areas, is required

• Experience in rare disease is strongly preferred

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build effective partnerships and work collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders in various functions, at various levels, and with a diversity of style

• Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process from drug discovery to preclinical development to clinical development to regulatory approval, strong scientific acumen and aptitude for compilation, presentation and review of scientific data

• Ability to understand a broader strategy and align related activities in support of that strategy

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