Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Tokyo Diabetes

Category:  Clinical Development and Medical

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP


Job TitleMedical Science Liaison (MSL)


Medical Science Liaison (MSL) improves patients' lives by being the medical leaders through building and communicating the deepest medical knowledge and improving the medical benefits of our products. MSL is dedicated to executing and supporting NNPL therapeutic strategies aiming to improve patient outcomes and quality of care consistent with overall medical ambitions and NNPL policies.

The Position

  • Identifies, lists and communicates with KOLs and HCPs in the practice setting (e.g., academic centres, investigators, IISs research site) to update their understanding 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.
  • Assists in identifying, engaging, and maintaining relations with KOLs and HCPs to establish and/or further the knowledge of NN products and their appropriate use; when necessary, assist in resolving issues pertaining to that use.
  • Assists in identifying and responding to inquiries from KOLs and HCPs; assisting 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.
  • Participates in assigned medical and scientific meetings to maintain awareness of current issues and new data pertaining to NN and competitors’ products and to support medical booth in answering physicians’ scientific questions.
  • Identifies 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.
  • Support scientific dialogue with investigators at prioritized/requested sites and patient recruitment and retention of subjects where required.
  • Participates 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.



  • An advanced degree in health sciences required. Master’s at minimum.
  • Doctorate degree in Medical or Pharmacy disciplines is a plus.
  • Extensive experience in the respective therapeutic area (e.g., haematology, diabetes, endocrinology, etc) is a strongly plus.
  • Strong communication/negotiation skills. Strong knowledge of the relevant therapeutic area.
  • Excellent English skills for reading understanding scientific literature. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Fluent in written and spoken Japanese(JLPT N1).
  • Good computer skills (e.g. Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc)
  • Knowledge and understanding of local and corporate compliance and regulatory processes.



About the department

The MSL functions actively to ensure building and maintaining strong scientific understanding 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 respond to 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.

At Novo Nordisk we recognise that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and the communities we operate in.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.







Millions rely on us
To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.