Alimera Sciences

  • Medical Science Liaison - West Coast

    Job Locations US-CA
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/2/2018 4:36 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The MSL is responsible for integrating scientific expertise and knowledge to identify and liaise with KOL / SME, HCP, researchers, advocates and organizations related to Ophthalmology.  The MSL will serve as the medical affairs expert by providing in-depth scientific, clinical, and educational support to the medical community.  The MSL will develop and maintain long-term collaborative relationships with key opinion leaders (KOL).  The MSL will function as the primary conduit for Medical Affairs communications and interactions to their specified KOLs within their assigned territory.  The MSL is expected to provide support to internal business objectives including those of Medical Affairs, R&D, Marketing, Sales, and Business Development.  Each MSL is expected to have an in-depth understanding of Ophthalmology, specifically Retinal therapy, as it pertains scientifically and medically to Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and the clinical application of ILUVIEN.  The position will report to a MSL Director.




    Scientific Knowledge

    • Demonstrates detailed scientific knowledge of therapeutic area disease state (ophthalmology), Alimera product (ILUVIEN) and competitor products / landscape
    • Actively seeks to deepen scientific knowledge through constant learning and identifying gaps in expertise
    • Systematically evaluates available resources to address gaps in individual and team knowledge

    Creation of Scientific Content

    • Proactively identifies potential solutions to address internally and externally recognized needs for medical information
    • Filters, evaluates and contextualizes scientific information from available resources to generate credible scientific content
    • Develops materials that respond to the needs of the scientific community in alignment with Alimera medical objectives
    • Effectively collaborates with internal / external partners to create scientific content

    Share Scientific Information

    • Effectively communicates complex scientific concepts and information in a variety of settings
    • Anticipates the strategic impact of new scientific data, new drug and technology innovations that may impact the disease area, and shares with the cross functional team
    • Effectively and appropriately responds to thought leaders / scientific experts standing or one time request for scientific information using the KOL / SME preferred channel
    • Follows all guidelines and procedures governing activities associated with responding to unsolicited requests for information
    • Effectively trains appropriately identified speakers on scientific content
    • Develops and conducts scientific education for Alimera personnel
    • Adapts communication style to meet the needs of various audiences
    • Demonstrates effective facilitation skills

    Scientific Expert Support

    • Demonstrates ability to build mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships with TL / SME
    • Actively identifies SME according to appropriate criteria on an ongoing basis
    • Enquires, understands and interprets the research and academic interests of SME and records information appropriately
    • Engages SME to develop mutually beneficial plan for their interaction with Alimera
    • Demonstrates ability to clarify and document SME standing or one time requests
    • Provides scientifically objective responses to specific requests from SME / HCP using medical information and scientific resources
    • Identifies SME professional interests and assists networking activities as requested by SME
    • Facilitates and provides support for clinicians to present relevant clinical and scientific data at conferences and congresses.

    Alimera Partnering

    • Demonstrates knowledge of Alimera structure, roles and responsibilities of internal partners
    • Proactively identifies opportunities for medical input into brand strategy
    • Actively contributes to development and presentation of a medical plan that aligns agreed medical and business objectives
    • Implements medical projects and updates stakeholders as appropriate
    • Anticipates the strategic impact of clinical insights and voice of customer information and shares with internal partners as appropriate
    • Connects SME with relevant internal / external resources to meet strategic goals of both Alimera and SME/HCP
    • Provides SME recommendations for ILUVIEN programs in alignment with brand strategy and according to expertise, professional standing and interest
    • Provides subject matter expertise for reviewing materials and serves as a scientific resource for internal partners
    • Effectively collaborates with alliance partners as appropriate

    Meeting Planning and Support

    • Coordinates with Alimera team to develop and implement consultant meetings
    • Defines medical content for consultant meetings to fulfill meeting objectives
    • Develops scientific exchange programs that meet an identified need within the external SME community and support Alimera medical objectives
    • Facilitates process and provides detailed speaker briefing as appropriate for medical education activities
    • Provides medical support (content generation, planning and execution) for speaker training meetings (ie presentation of scientific background information), company symposia, scientific roundtable meeting and advisory boards

    Research Support

    • Identifies and facilitates opportunities for collaboration between external researchers and Alimera team
    • Facilitates IIT process by serving as the interface between Alimera and external investigators
    • Proactively provides recommendations for clinical research investigators according to SME expertise and interest
    • Facilitates interactions between medical personnel and external investigators as needed


    • At all times conduct will adhere to Alimera Sciences, Inc. corporate SOPs and compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory guidelines.
    • Follows ethical and legal guidelines and adheres to all company policies
    • Completes and records all required training assigned to individual training plan within the defined timeframe
    • Demonstrates the ability to operate in a compliant way and effectively communicates the compliance boundaries within and outside Alimera
    • Full awareness and compliance with pharmacovigilance and quality procedures, and able to provide support on Risk Management Plans (RMP) where appropriate.


    • Consistently monitors and evaluates progress and adjusts / refines plans, actions and resources effectively
    • Demonstrates proficiency and efficiency when using information technology required to support the MSL role
    • Follows all requirements for documentation practices
    • Effectively manages spending / resources in the field role


    • Demonstrates consistent contribution to team goals and activities
    • Seen as an expert resource by peers and internal stakeholders and seeks opportunities to add value to the wider company.

    Geography Management

    • Demonstrates strategic analysis, planning and prioritization of work activities within defined geography to maximize efficiency




    • Strong knowledge of the pharma/biotech industry.
    • Knowledge of Key US Healthcare Laws and Regulations (e.g. FDCA)
    • Knowledge of key Industry codes of Conduct (e.g. PhRMA)
    • Extensive experience in Ophthalmology and, or extensive health care related experience (clinical practice, research, or academic).
    • Clear understanding of MSL roles and responsibilities, and Medical Affairs activities including: publication planning, medical information, and advisory boards planning and compliance rules.
    • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills
    • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
    • The ability to work independently and as a part of diverse teams.
    • Strong time management and administrative skills.
    • Minimum requirement: Masters degree in scientific discipline; Doctoral degree in scientific discipline preferred (PhD, PharmD, MD, DNP, DO)
    • 5 years Pharmaceutical Industry experience or relevant work experience.


    • 60-80% (3-4 days in field working regionally / 1-2 home office days weekly)


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