• Associate Director of US Medical Communications

    Job Locations US-IL-Bannockburn
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/27/2018 3:12 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Medical Affairs
  • Overview

    Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical setting for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases?  AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101.  We are at the beginning of an incredible journey, and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

    AveXis, Inc., a Novartis company, is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

    AveXis is seeking an Associate Director of US Medical Communications who will ensure that medical and scientific results from AveXis studies are communicated in an accurate, timely, compliant and compelling manner with a focus on US region. The position will also be accountable for the development of medical materials and resources for internal medical and field medical teams  content for medical meetings/symposia, advisory board materials, and content for internal medical affairs education. The successful candidate will lead the development and implementation of the strategic US medical communication plan in order to support the launch of AVXS-101 in the US.


    • Support the development and implementation of a scientific communication platform and lead its integration into the US medical communication plan for AVXS-101, in collaboration with the global medical affairs team, the publication lead, and other cross-functional stakeholders
    • Responsible for executing key medical communication deliverables, and lead activities related to US focused congresses, symposia, and medical education
    • Serves as the Medical Affairs lead for US congress strategy, planning and execution in the development of medical education content for US focused congress medical communication activities (e.g., congress medical booth materials and planning)
    • Participate in relevant cross-functional teams and task forces to represent the US Medical Communications team. Develop and deliver presentations to colleagues and senior management as needed.
    • Contribute to planning and the development of materials to lead US focused advisory boards
    • Collect and disseminate key insights from major US congresses, symposia and stand-alone meetings
    • Lead the agenda development, content creation, and execution for educational symposia and internal meetings/summits. Ensure alignment of with the global team and with scientific communication points from the scientific communication platform
    • Analyze insights gained from medical affairs activities and recommend actionable initiatives (or measures) to internal stakeholders
    • Interface and effectively collaborate with external stakeholders and internal cross-functional teams including: US commercial team, US medical affairs teams, clinical research, clinical operations and regulatory to ensure accurate and timely completion/delivery of scientific material.


    • Advanced degree, (MD, PhD, or PharmD) with minimum of 5 years within bio-pharmaceutical industry required.
    • Experience in US focused medical affairs role focused on rare disease and product launch
    • Deep understanding of the strategic role that medical communications serves to support AveXis education and communication priorities and requirements
    • Ability to work on several projects at once while balancing multiple and overlapping timelines
    • Successful track record of managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.
    • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to complete writing assignments in a timely manner with minimal oversight.
    • Must be proficient with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    The level of this position will be based on the final candidate’s qualifications.


    AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.


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