Posted to MedZilla on 5/23/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Medical Director, Brigatinib Global Brand Lead - Oncology GMA 1700561-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


This is a chance to lead a fight against cancer and make a difference for patients affected by lung cancer. This is a highly visible and influential position responsible to design and implement medical affairs strategies to launch and develop brigatinib globally. The medical director will provide leadership to the multifunctional, matrixed Medical Affairs Team, including medical science liaisons (MSL), medical publications specialists, medical education specialists, strategic alliance managers and other medical affairs professionals. The medical director will be responsible for defining strategy, setting annual goals and maintenance of excellence in standards and practices as they pertain to brigatinib. This includes advancing collaborations with lung cancer health care practitioners, research groups, payers as well as patient advocacy groups. She (he) will be representing Takeda in front of key opinion leaders and research centers globally.


  • Develop and implement Global Medical Affairs plan
  • Work closely with commercial and clinical development in designing and implementing the launch strategies
  • Provide strategic assessments of opportunities and threats regarding the treatment of lung cancer patients with a focus on ALK positive subgroup
  • Develop an in-depth understating of the needs of oncology patients and demonstrate a focus on activities to meet those needs
  • Lead a broad range of medical affairs activities, including: review of investigator initiated trials, design and conduct Phase IIIB/IV trials, medical leadership in materials review
  • Conduct global advisory boards
  • Foster research relationships with key cancer research centers globally
  • Provide medical expertise in development of promotional materials
  • Develop materials to coach and teach the Sales Force and MSLs on emerging, and existing, lung cancer data
  • Interact regularly with key medical opinion leaders
  • Develop strategy for development, and review of, investigator initiated studies
  • Key contributor to brigatinib development plan


  • MD degree with experience in oncology
  • 5 + years Medical Affairs experience or related experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Preferred training/experience:
  • Lung cancer experience
  • Launch experience
  • Understating of pharmaceutical clinical development and product life-cycle management
  • Cross-functional leadership experience within the Pharmaceutical or related industry
  • Patient focus: a passion to improve patients lives is mandatory. Must understand and respect company core values and possess the highest integrity.
  • Creativity and innovation: proven ability to think outside the box and challenge status quo is mandatory
  • Strategic Approach: Ability to identify opportunities and anticipates changes in the business landscape through an understanding and ongoing assessment of the environment
  • Globally minded: Understands the complexities of the global business environment and is able to adapt to different cultures and customs to complete business objectives.
  • Collaboration: Ability to cultivate a broad network of relationships throughout the organization
  • Lead Change: Adjusts functional or cross-functional plans and priorities in response to changes in strategic direction
  • Drive for Results: Creates functional strategies and goals that are closely aligned with company objectives and develops metrics to track and assess performance
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Acumen : Strong understanding of regulatory and compliance environment


  • Maintain minimum standards of education/certification in individual professional discipline.
  • Ability to drive to or fly to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips.
  • Requires approximately 30-40% travel.

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