Genetic Diagnostic Liaison, NJ/NY

Remote - NY/NJ, New York
Salary not provided
November 24 2021
Organization Type

Primary Duties:

The Genetic Diagnostic Lead (GDL) is a field based Diagnostic Leader in each US Region responsible to accelerate patient identification across all company therapeutic areas. The core objective will be to establish deep diagnostic expertise in line with the overarching global diagnostic strategy within the assigned region.

The GDL will drive genotyping diagnostic efforts through disease awareness and education to successfully execute Spark’s ID Your IRD genotyping program through kit distribution, sample analysis, clarity of results.

She/he will responsible for identifying patients, identifying retinal specialist practices that have Inherited Retinal Dystrophy (IRD) patients, and identifying and developing Genetic Testing Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) within the assigned region.

The GDL is responsible for increasing the availability of Genetic Labs performing high quality gene analysis offering with appropriate IRD panels and clear interpretation of results throughout the US.

The GDL will work in partnership with a Spark cross-functional team that will include Sales Account

Managers, Patient Assistance Liaison, Medical Science Liaison, Payors Lead, COE Lead and Marketing

Department to achieve segment-specific goals and objectives.

The GDL will also be responsible for executing market development programs by collaborating with key stakeholders within commercial operations. She/he will contribute to ongoing development of the Global Diagnostic Strategy guiding US regional implementation of the plan.


  • Develop broad target lists to find physicians with IRD patients and identify retinal practices that have a patient need for genotyping
  • Understand retinal practice population and connect with retinal specialists to build awareness of Sparks genetic testing program
  • Develop and foster relationships with retinal specialists to identify patients to get genotyped and ensure patients meet criteria for genotyping
  • Lead discussion and educate on the importance of genotyping and disease awareness of IRD diseases
  • Deliver and implement speaker disease and diagnostic educational programs
  • Ensure ethical application of practices and processes for genotyping
  • Collaborate with Medical Science Liaison team to provide disease awareness on clinical trials to retinal practices
  • Forward questions from retinal practices into medical information requests
  • Link Patient Services with retinal practices when RPE-65 is identified
  • Communicate with COE operations team for identified patients
  • Build and establish genetic lab relationships
  • Liaison between Spark and genetic diagnostic lab
  • Improve insights by educating the importance of capturing specific data
  • Provide technical expertise/resources to refine and develop IRD gene panels
  • Facilitate improvement of reporting and interpretation of results
  • Provide expertise and guidance on best practices to refine test requisition forms
  • Identify and develop Genetic Testing Key Opinion Leaders(KOLs)
  • Utilize KOL network to share best practices across diagnostic labs/HCPs
  • Speaker identification and training on diagnostic promotional program
  • Provide direct field diagnostic training
  • Collaborate with Medical Affairs to support publications, guidelines, investigator initiated trials
  • Participate in patient advocacy, outreach and identification with local advocacy organizations
  • Attend conferences to deliver education on disease and diagnostics (genetic testing)
  • GDL will provide input and participate in cross-functional initiatives; Deliver high-quality clinical/diagnostic education presentations in a variety of settings and to obtain valuable feedback and market intelligence to be incorporated into future presentations/strategic plans

Education and Experience Requirements:

    BA/BS degree required; healthcare degree strongly preferred (MS, RN, PA, PharmD, PhD)
· Minimum 10+ years of pharma/biotech industry experience in sales, clinical/medical, marketing, and/or diagnostics with a proven track record in delivering against goals while working in high performing diverse teams required

· Must possess strong Commercial and Scientific Acumen

· Experience in working effectively with KOLs, labs and other key stakeholders

· Prior experience in Rare or Ultra Rare diseased with strong patient focus

· Demonstrated success in operating effectively in highly matrixed organizations where influencing skills are critical to day to day success

· Experience in building strong and effective third party partnerships

· Knowledge of ophthalmology and/or hematology strongly preferred

· Must be able to travel extensively

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Commercial and Scientific Acumen
  • Strategic thinking and operational capabilities
  • Concern for social responsibility
  • Achievement orientation
  • Influencing skills
  • Persistence and resilience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Cross-functional capability
  • High ethical standards

Complexity and Problem Solving:

  • Ability to bring the right resources at the right time

Other Job Requirements:

  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Valid drivers license


Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Eugene

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.