Contract Medical Director, Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance

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POST DATE 1/31/2020
END DATE 3/20/2020

Alkermes, Inc. Waltham, MA

Waltham, MA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Contract Medical Director, Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance

Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases and immuno-oncology. The company has a diversified commercial product portfolio and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates for diseases that include schizophrenia, depression, addiction, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio.


The medical director serves as the global safety officer for the pharmacovigilance and risk management of assigned investigational and/or marketed products. Responsible for identification of safety signals, signal investigation and the proactive management of the benefit-risk profile for assigned products. The global safety officer plays a critical leadership role in to program team through the product life-cycle working in close collaboration with Research, Pre-clinical Safety, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and other functions in product life-cycle management. Responsible for collaborating and working effectively with key stakeholders and business partners and keeping senior management informed of evolving safety issues and strategies. May represent Alkermes at internal and external meetings.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated accountability and a sense of urgency in leading critical projects, showing the capability to work either independently or collaboratively and to be able to effectively communicate with varied stakeholders either verbally or in writing with impact. The individual who assumes this position will interact with multiple levels of management within Alkermes, external stakeholders in the medical community as well with global regulatory authorities.

Position will report to the Therapeutic Area Lead in DSPV.

Key Responsibilities

* Lead product safety surveillance, and signaling activities for assigned product(s) in collaboration with DSPV staff

* Acquire a deep understanding of the disease process and assigned product(s) efficacy and safety profile including a working knowledge of other products in the class and therapeutic space

* Ensure that routine signaling activities, assessment and investigation are completed and documented in a timely manner

* Responses to product safety queries from all sources including ethics committees and regulatory authorities

* Lead product benefit-risk assessment and presentation to the Safety Committee and any needed actions to update patient safety information

* Lead Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance representation in the assigned program team and clinical development team and respective study management teams with critical roles which include:

* Strategic advisement on clinical development plans, design of clinical protocols

* Responsible for safety content of IB and ICFs and support of DSMBs

* Analysis strategy for Integrated Summary of Safety (ISS) and benefit-risk content within the Clinical Overview documents associated with regulatory filings

* Responsible for the content of Risk Management Plan/ REMS as required

* Responsible for content of aggregate safety reports (i.e., DSUR, PSUR) including assessment of benefit-risk

* Advisement on the design of post-approval safety studies

It is expected that the global safety officer will establish a high level of trust and collaboration with cross-functional counterparts in carrying out these activities

* Ensure development and implementation of other department goals, policies and strategies in collaboration with the DSPV management team, consistent with regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

* Ensure the accurate and timely completion and reporting of periodic and expedited safety reports, in compliance with internal timeframes and timeframes dictated by regulatory authorities.

* If applicable, manage Medical Director(s) and/or Associate Medical Director(s), overseeing their activities for assigned compounds / products.

* Other job duties that may be assigned according to business needs.

Minimum Education Requirements

* MD, or MD PhD, or MD MPH required

* 1-5 years of experience in drug safety

* Prior experience in patient care, clinical development and/or knowledge of clinical pharmacology desirable.

* Demonstrated strategic and critical thinking skills. Demonstrated leadership as well as the ability to perform effectively in a matrixed and dynamic environment, ability to lead and collaborate within complex organization, across functions and geographies; to work in an entrepreneurial culture

* Excellent communication (oral and written) as well as organizational skills.

* Demonstrated sense of urgency and accountability for both individual and team-owned work products.

* Knowledge of pre- and post-marketing US and EU regulations

Alkermes, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.

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