Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Rare Blood Disease

Category:  Clinical Development and Medical

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP


Do you have a strong desire to be part of a patient-centric company improving patient lives? If yes, then apply now and be part of our team!
Novo Nordisk Japan has opened a role for Medical Science Liaison (MSL).
If you are highly motivated with a focus on results and thrive in a busy environment and have a strong ability for collaborative working, this could be the job for you!

About the Department
The MSL (Medical Science Liaison) functions actively to ensure building and maintaining strong scientific comprehension of Novo Nordisk (NN) marketed products and to support the development of portfolio products. The MSL communicates up-to-date medical knowledge and clinical trial data with external stakeholders, and effectively counter inaccurate competitive claims related to NN products in a scientifically accurate and consistent manner aligned with the overall Medical Strategies and direction. Leverages scientific and clinical expertise to create relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and Healthcare Professionals (HCPs). Identifies and develops strong and convincing speakers for our marketed products aligned with the Medical and Marketing Strategies.

The Position


The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) serves as a critical strategic contributor in initiating and implementing field Medical strategies in reinforcing the Novo Nordisk Japan (NNPL) portfolio; aligned with the national Medical Affairs strategies and Global Medical Affairs guidance.


Primary tasks are as follows, but are not limited to:
•    Identifies, lists and communicates with KOLs and HCPs in the practice setting (e.g., academic centres, investigators, ISSs research site) to update their knowledge of relevant data in each context related to NNPL products, as well as to build and maintain relationships to facilitate scientific exchange on topics of relevance to NNPL, to establish and/or further the knowledge of NN products and their appropriate use; when necessary, assist in resolving issues pertaining to that use, and assist with identifying those individuals with novel research concepts, clinical experience and expertise, within identified therapeutic areas of interest to NNPL.
•    Gathers Medical insights regarding NN and competitors’ products from KOLs and HCPs to help inform NNPL decision-making bodies and update the Medical and/or Marketing Strategies if necessary, participate in assigned medical and scientific meetings to maintain awareness of current issues and new data pertaining to NN and competitors’ products and to assist medical booth in answering physicians’ scientific questions, and identify and develops strong and convincing speakers for our marketed products aligned with the Medical Strategy.
•    Assists regional Medical Representatives (MRs) in handling scientific and clinical questions for NN marketed products from KOLs and HCPs, support the on-boarding of new MSLs where required, support clinical trials by driving scientific discussion at site selection and site initiation visits where required, as well as support scientific dialogue with investigators at prioritized/requested sites and patient recruitment and retention of subjects where required.
•    Participate in a series of internal medical/scientific trainings and regular scientific assessments to maintain general scientific knowledge and awareness of new data pertaining to NN and competitors’ products.
•    Complies with all guidelines, policies, legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements, coordinates process of Investigator-Sponsored Studies (ISSs) or any unsolicited clinical and/or scientific inquiries about Independent External Studies (IESs) from KOLs/HCPs, records all activities in MSL Report System provided and all expenses in accordance with NNPL procedures, provides regional MRs with up-to-date key evidences within the therapeutic area as requested by MSL management, and completes administrative duties and any request for information by MSL management in an accurate manner and on a timely basis, in line with current SOPs and working practices.

•    An advanced degree in health sciences required. Master’s at minimum, Preferably Doctorate degree in Medical or Pharmacy disciplines preferred.
•    Knowledge and comprehension of local and corporate compliance and regulatory processes is required and extensive experience in the respective therapeutic area (e.g., haematology, diabetes, endocrinology, etc) is strongly preferred.
•    Strong communication/negotiation skills required. Strong knowledge of the relevant therapeutic area preferred.
•    Excellent English skills for reading comprehension of scientific literature. Fluent in written and spoken English strongly preferred.
•    Good computer skills (e.g. Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc)



Working at Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with almost 100 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 48,100 people in 80 countries and markets its products in more than 170 countries.




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