Posted to MedZilla on 5/26/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Medical Director, US Medical Affairs - Oncology 1603079-MZ


Join a respected global pharmaceutical company deeply rooted in research and development
Takeda Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1781 and quickly became a trusted supplier of both Japanese and Western medicines in Japan. With recent acquisitions, Takeda is now a fully integrated global company organized around key business units. The Global Takeda Oncology business unit is head-quartered in Cambridge, MA where it maintains a strong R&D base. Our vision: We aspire to cure cancer. Our mission: We endeavor to deliver novel medicines to patients with cancer worldwide through our commitment to science, breakthrough innovation and passion for improving the lives of patients. At Takeda, patients truly remain at the center of everything we do. We currently have over 1,000 global employees dedicated to oncology with 6 currently marketed oncology products and an inspiring pipeline. US Medical Affairs (USMA) functions within the global medical affairs team and most recently successfully launched Takeda s first global oncology product, NINLARO, in the US. The USMA team integrates with global medical affairs in launching this product world-wide. This is an invitation to join our oncology team in medical affairs and support patients afflicted with cancer.


This (Associate) Medical Director will partner with the US Senior Medical Director to deliver the US medical affairs activities for oncology. The focus will be on Multiple Myeloma but also an ever-increasing role in newer therapies (immuno-oncology, pipeline compounds) that will enter the MM and hematologic malignancy space.
The Associate Medical Director will provide leadership to a multifunctional, matrixed US medical affairs team, including medical communications, medical publications, medical information, medical education, strategic alliances, and other medical affairs professionals.
This role will be responsible for ensuring compliance with and maintenance of excellence in standards and practices. This includes advancing collaborations with community hospital systems, large oncology practice groups , community oncologists, and health care practitioners. The role will also involve collaboration with research groups, payers, and patient advocacy groups. This position will also provide medical and scientific leadership for the Takeda-sponsored medical affairs study sites in the US and for our US registry sties in our current global multiple myeloma study.


  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the needs of oncology patients and demonstrate a focus on activities to meet those needs
  • Participate in the development of the US/global medical affairs plan
  • Work closely with Takeda medical science liaisons (MSLs) with regard to scientific education, advisory boards, community clinical trial sites, interactions with community health care professionals and small/medium payer accounts
  • Work with Global Oncology Business Unit (GOBU) leads to support US medical affairs activities
  • Provide scientific expertise in the development of non-promotional and promotional materials
  • Work closely with alliance partners and with clinical development and commercial
  • Provide strategic assessments of opportunities and threats regarding the treatment of MM patients in the US.
  • Lead a broad range of medical affairs activities, including serving as medical monitor for US Takeda-sponsored medical affairs studies, internal training, and conducting advisory boards
  • Foster research relationships with community hospital centers and key US community oncologists
  • Interact regularly with key medical opinion leaders
  • Provide medical leadership for investigator initiated studies (IIS) program
  • Responsible for US thought leader development



  • Demonstrated focus on patients interest
  • Active US MD license required
  • Ideal candidate will have worked in community hospital setting
  • Minimum of 2 years combined post-clinical MD/industry experience
  • Must have conducted or participated in clinical trials with track record of patient accrual
  • Must have experience in hematology and oncology.
  • In-depth understanding of the multiple myeloma research environment and the immuno-oncology field is a key plus.
  • Requires experience and success in working in a matrixed, cross-functional environment; excellent collaboration skills; experience working across functions to achieve results.


  • 25% (mostly within US)

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