Director, Medical Communications and Information
Improving quality-of-life through innovations in urology
Urovant Sciences (Nasdaq: UROV) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for urologic conditions. Urovant is a nimble company with an entrepreneurial focus on improving the way providers and their patients confront urologic diseases that are difficult to treat.
Every employee at Urovant plays an integral role to our success. We are ambitious in our approach to improving outcomes for the patients and healthcare providers we serve. Our fast-paced environment rewards strategic decision-making and collaboration, giving team members opportunities to grow beyond their expertise.
Urovant’s lead product candidate, vibegron, an oral, once-daily small molecule beta-3 agonist is being evaluated for overactive bladder (OAB). In addition to OAB, vibegron is being evaluated for two additional potential indications: the treatment of OAB in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and the treatment of abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Urovant’s second investigational product candidate, URO-902, is a novel gene therapy for patients with overactive bladder symptoms who have failed oral pharmacologic therapy.
The Director, Medical Communications and Information (Med Comm & Info) is responsible for directing and leading the Medical Communications (Publications) functions and functional capabilities of Medical Information within Medical Affairs.
- Overseeing the development/management of Urovant’s publications strategy, plan and corresponding scientific platform, including content for abstracts, manuscripts, congress presentations, monographs, advisory board meetings, slide decks, etc.
- Overseeing Medical Information function and Medical Communications vendor/agency selection, training and management
- Developing strategic direction, implementation and oversight of medical information services (e.g. accessing scientific literature, maintaining a repository of relevant articles to support the company, developing standard response letters and Medical Affairs tools, responding to medical inquiry escalations, and management of the Medical Information Call Center)
- Participating in MLR (medical/legal/regulatory) review of promotional and medical materials, as needed
- Participating and collaborating in cross-functional meetings
- Planning for medical congresses
- Hiring, training, coaching, performance review, and professional development of direct reports
- Managing the Medical Communications and Information department budget
The Director, Medical Communications and Information position should be able to travel, including international travel, for at least 20% of time, depending on business needs.
Education and Experience
- MD/DO, PharmD, or PhD in scientific field required
- 8+ years of Medical Affairs experience within the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry
- 5+ years of MSL experience, 3+ years of line management experience
- CMPP certification a plus
- Urology experience preferred
- Knowledge of FDA regulations, ICH guidance, and GCP regulations
- Knowledge of drug development, scientific communications and the scientific publication process (GPP)
Essential Skills and Abilities
- Proficient organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple complex projects/tasks at the same time
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Highly proficient using Microsoft Word, Visio, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and SharePoint; or similar applications and systems
- Ability to prioritize tasks and work across locations and time zones
- A commitment to collaborative leadership, management, teamwork, delegation, and the maintenance of a professional culture based on trust and mutual respect
- Assists the VP, Medical Affairs in developing Medical Affairs strategy that encompasses the Medical Communications and Information (Med Comm & Info) functions. Oversees the Med Comm & Info department and provides strategic oversight of the development of high quality medical and scientific collateral
- Participates in selection, contract negotiation, training and supervision of the work of vendors for various Medical Affairs activities, including the Medical Information Call Center, medical advisory boards, medical tool development, and medical writing; ensures work is high quality and developed on time and on budget
- Represents Med Comm & Info as an integral member of cross-functional teams, including commercial, legal, regulatory, managed markets and clinical development
- Hires, trains, coaches and develops Med Comm & Info team; includes setting measurable goals and ensuring team members execute successfully against the Med Comm & Info strategy
- Manages the Medical Comm & Info department budget