Associate Director/Director, Global Scientific Communications

  • 0 yrs
  • Not Disclosed

Job Description

Company Profile

Rakuten Medical, Inc. is a global biotechnology company developing precision, cell-targeting investigational therapies on its Illuminox™ technology platform, which utilizes antibodies conjugated with payloads that are specifically activated at the tumor site.

Our first clinical product received marketing approval in Japan from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for ASP-1929 PIT to treat unresectable locally advanced or recurrent head and neck cancer - and is also in Phase III pivotal clinical testing globally to treat terminal cancer patients. This is a first-in-class product with unique pharmacological activity and with the potential to have a broad impact in cancer.

Rakuten Medical is committed to its mission to conquer cancer and aims to realize a society where cancer patients can lead fulfilling lives. Headquartered in the United States, Rakuten Medical has 5 locations in 4 countries, Japan, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. For more information, visit

Position Summary

The Associate Director (AD)/Director (D) of Global Scientific Communications is a professional with scientific, clinical and therapeutic area expertise responsible for providing medical support for Rakuten Medical products and compounds in development. The AD/D is responsible for the development of the global strategic publication plan, the execution of disclosures including publications, scientific platforms and medical affairs training.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the global strategic publication plan

  • Ensure the timely execution of clinical and pre-clinical disclosures (e.g. manuscripts, abstracts, posters)

  • Lead for cross-functional publication planning and working teams

  • Oversee the development of the scientific platform

  • Develop global Medical Affairs training curriculum

  • Create and maintain medical resources (training modules, field medical slide decks)

  • Provide continuous training to the global medical affairs team

  • Deploy training to the organization on clinical and pre-clinical disclosures

  • Lead vendor/agency management for development of scientific communications projects (e.g. publications, scientific platforms, slide decks) and manage relevant budgets

  • Implement a publication management system

  • Support the medical affairs team with scientific conference coverage

  • Assist with the creation and implement policies, SOPs, and work instructions governing the operations of medical affairs to meet all compliance standards and regulations

  • Establish strong collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Education, Skills and Experience

  • Advanced degree, e.g. PhD, PharmD, or MD required

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company including a minimum of 3 years of experience in scientific communications required

  • Disciplinary expertise in oncology preferred

  • Experience in developing a strategic publication plan and successful execution of publications is required

  • Ability to write/edit scientific manuscripts, abstracts, posters

  • Working knowledge of and ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines (GPP3, ICMJE), regulations, and industry standard best practices

  • Excellent communication, written, verbal and presentation skills

  • Proven ability to review, interpret and present complex scientific data

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills; detail-oriented, independent and critical thinker

  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities quickly while working under tight deadlines

  • Work across multi-disciplinary groups and lead decision-making discussions

  • Experience with medical affairs training/teaching preferred

  • Must have excellent customer-service orientation, high degree of professionalism, and ability to work with limited direction

  • Experience in working closely with KOLs and investigators

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Excellent time management and project planning skills

  • Must be committed to full compliance with all company SOPs, regulatory requirements, and applicable laws including PhRMA guidelines

  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software and with filing (archiving) systems

Travel Requirements:

  • Approximately 15%