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Medical Communications Lead- Hemophilia

Spark Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hybrid and remote options available for select opportunities.
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Jul 21, 2022

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The Medical Communications Lead-Hemophilia reports into the Head of Medical Communications, Global Medical Affairs. The Medical Communications Lead-Hemophilia is an integral member of the Medical Communications team and is responsible for developing high-impact asset specific strategic Scientific Communications for the Hemophilia program, including integrated Medical Communication Plan which comprises but is not limited to the Scientific Communication Platform/Scientific Narrative, asset publication plan, congress strategy with HCP-directed educational symposia, HCP medical education, and Medical Affairs scientific booths. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in Medical Communications, either within the pharmaceutical industry or in a Scientific Communications agency.

The candidate will engage with cross-functional partners including Asset Team, Research & Discovery, Clinical Development, Commercial Development, Patient Advocacy and Medical Affairs, and oversee the conceptualization, development, and evolution of asset-specific strategic scientific messages to be incorporated consistently across multiple platforms, including publications, congresses, and internal/external scientific educational resources. This role will require the ability to interpret scientific/clinical data an understanding of the scientific research and healthcare landscape, an ability to interact and develop relationships with KOLs and external faculty and will help develop and communicate a compelling Scientific Platform and narrative for identified Spark products.

The role is accountable for writing/directing the development of slides and other scientific 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 providing strategic insight into publication plans, in collaboration with the Publications Lead, and strategic insight into the congress sponsorship plan in collaboration with the Hemophilia Therapeutic Area Lead. He/she will also manage cross-functional teams as well as external vendors and their associated budgets 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.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • PharmD, PhD, or MD in related Life Sciences discipline strongly preferred. Equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience may be considered with minimum 8 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience operating at a high level
  • Minimum 5 years biopharmaceutical industry or medical communications agency experience leading the development and execution of industry sponsored symposia and scientific presentations.
  • Scientific content development experience in hematology or rare disease across a variety of platforms, channels, and venues (e.g., symposia, videos, webinars, website content, infographics, posters, oral presentations, scientific communication platforms)
  • Successful record of creating and managing complex project plans, timelines, budgets, and critical paths
  • Ability to travel 15% domestically and internationally
  • Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies
  • Describe critical skill and abilities needed to successfully perform the job, which should be representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Proficiency with Veeva Vault strongly desired
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build effective partnerships and work collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders in various functions, at various levels of seniority, and with a diversity of working styles
  • Demonstrates advanced core competence in leadership and communication
  • Experience with managing budgets including review of annual budget, tracking monthly projections, and accruals
  • Develops and implements new processes, SOPs, and policies to facilitate Scientific and Professional Training, including identified areas for improvement and recommended changes as needed.
  • Experience teaming with congress planning and activities around external scientific presentations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to take complex information and ideas and presentation in a clear and concise way
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process from drug discovery to preclinical development to clinical development to regulatory approval, strong scientific acumen and experience with compilation, presentation and review of scientific data
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; able to prioritize tasks and work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Strong knowledge of current good publication practices and guidelines and medical writing guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE, CONSORT)
  • Experience managing external agencies preferred
  • Proficiency with MS office computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,
  • Commitment to quality and continuous improvement
  • Complexity and Problem Solving
  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced, small-team environment that is growing and evolving. This position requires regular reprioritization of projects while adhering to timelines and achievement of deliverables.
  • Ability to navigate the medical-legal review process and resolve comments appropriately and compliantly, while building working and trustful relationships with key stakeholders
  • Problem solving, negotiation and interpersonal skills, ability to work across diverse groups and senior leaders and with external key opinion leaders and researchers
  • Ability to innovate and present cutting-edge/creative solutions in the context of delivering scientific content and maintaining a high profile for the Medical Communications and Medical Affairs function by delivering exceptional value
  • Ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and evolving competitive landscape
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and experience with working in a matrix environment and with cross-functional teams
  • Superior project management skills, ability to track progress and adjust timelines as needed
  • Ability to multi-task numerous projects at one time, prioritize projects based on Spark goals and objectives

Internal and External Contacts

Global Medical Lead- Hemophilia/ Opthalomology

R&D Operations

R&D leadership and other internal subject matter experts

Corporate Compliance


Corporate Communication

Third Party Scientific Communications Consultants and Companies

External Scientific Conference Coordinator



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: Philadelphia

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.


At Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated, commercial company committed to discovering, developing and delivering gene therapies, we challenge the inevitability of genetic diseases, including blindness, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Founded in March 2013 as a result of the technology and know-how accumulated over two decades at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our investigational therapies have the potential to provide long-lasting effects, dramatically and positively changing the lives of patients with conditions where no, or only palliative, therapies exist. Greater understanding of the human genome and genetic abnormalities have allowed our scientists to tailor investigational therapies to patients suffering from very specific genetic diseases. This approach holds great promise in developing effective treatments to a host of inherited diseases. Our initial focus is on treating orphan diseases.

Headquartered in dynamic Philadelphia, we are a diverse, experienced team united in our goal to break down barriers for people and families affected by genetic diseases. As our name suggests, our investigational, one-time therapies are designed to spark healthy biology, and deliver potentially life-altering transformation for people and families affected by genetic disease. Spark is a member of the Roche Group.

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