Posted to MedZilla on 10/30/2017

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

US-NJ, Associate Director/ Director, Medical Affairs 325-252-MZ


Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company who is applying a unique approach to gene science based on Nobel Prize-winning technology to discover and develop precise medicines for patients with serious, chronic conditions. Through our Genome5000™ program, Lexicon scientists have studied the role and function of nearly 5,000 genes over the last 20 years and have identified more than 100 protein targets with significant therapeutic potential in a range of diseases. Through the precise targeting of these proteins, we are pioneering the discovery and development of innovative medicines to safely and effectively treat disease. In addition to our first commercial product, XERMELO® (telotristat ethyl), Lexicon has a pipeline of promising drug candidates in clinical and pre-clinical development in diabetes and metabolism and neuropathic pain. For additional information please visit

Our world class research and commercialization teams are located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and The Woodlands, Texas. Lexicon employees are inspired by the idea that their work can improve patients' lives and we know that our employees are important to the success of our mission. We are dedicated to making Lexicon a great place to work by providing employees with the benefits, services, and programs which will allow them to reach their full potential.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals is currently searching for an agile, results focused Associate Director/ Director, Medical Affairs, to join our team in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Job Summary:

The Associate Director/ Director of Medical Affairs, will oversee some of the medical affairs activities along with the Head of Medical Affairs, Senior Director of Scientific Communications, and MSL Regional Team Leads. S/he will contribute to the medical strategies and overall medical affairs plan across therapeutic areas, including medical information responses, scientific communications, congress-related activities, design and monitoring of medical affairs studies, and the review of investigator-initiated and educational grant proposals. The incumbent will work with MSL Regional Team Leads and the MSLs to develop and manage relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs), to work with managed care as needed, and provide training to internal and external stakeholders. S/he will be expected to spend 20% of her/his time directly managing selected KOLs in New York and Pennsylvania.

This position will ensure consistency of approach and quality deliverables. S/he ensures development and execution of medical plans to achieve short term and long-term objectives. Key internal partners include, among others, Medical Affairs, Clinical Operations, Marketing, Managed Markets, Sales, Regulatory, Compliance, Procurement, Legal and Finance.

Key Responsibilities include but will not be limited to:

· Assisting in the development and implementation of the Medical Affairs plan.

· Providing medical/scientific expertise to support the development of cross-functional strategies and tactics in support of the brand plan for all compounds across therapeutic areas.

· Developing medical information responses and scientific communications (including publications, scientific platform, and congress-related activities.)

· Contributing to the development and management of managing appropriate medical affairs research programs, including investigator-initiated studies, collaborative studies, expanded access programs, and non-registrational company-sponsored studies.

· Establishing and maintaining relationships with leading physicians in therapeutic areas relevant to Lexicon’s portfolio.

· Contributing to the planning and implementation of advisory board meetings to gather guidance on clinical development, medical strategies, educational activities, and value propositions for Lexicon products.

· Supporting the R&D organization as needed.


· MD preferred. PharmD/PhD in life sciences for candidates who have significant Medical Affairs experience.

· At least two years’ Medical Affairs experience in a role in a pharmaceutical company/biotech company/clinical research organization or medical communications agency.

· Previous MSL experience, including development and management of physician relationships, preferred.

· Prior experience in oncology and/or diabetes desirable.

· Must have experience with applying legal and regulatory guidelines in drug development, including knowledge of OPDP promotional regulations, and CDER/CBER regulations as they relate to drug approvals.

· Strong strategic, problem-solving, risk mitigation skills are required and must possess a professional, proactive demeanor.

· Strong interpersonal skills; must be able to work effectively in a matrix fashion and potentially manage direct reports.

· Performs well under pressure; able to maintain composure in challenging situations.

· Outstanding oral and written communications skills. Ability to address issues/concerns in a clear, well-informed manner that engages others in a thoughtful discourse; able to stand up in a polite way and make the case.

· Demonstrates ability to evaluate information and data with a defined, studied process and report results in a thoughtful, organized manner.

· Ability to adapt easily to changing work environment; comfortable with ambiguity.

· Must be willing and able to travel 25-35%.

To apply, please visit the careers section of our website:

An Equal Opportunity Employer - Females, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test, background check and verification of credentials before beginning employment.

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) as well as several state laws require Lexicon to report any transfers of value, including payments made to reimburse interview-related expenses, for candidates who are US-licensed physicians. U.S. licensed Physicians covered by the Sunshine Act include Doctors of Medicine, Osteopathy, Dentistry, Dental Surgery, Podiatry, Optometry and Chiropractic Medicine who are licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. This information will be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and CMS shall post submitted data on its public database.

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