Medical Director, Clinical Development

Facility:  Clinical Development and Medical

Lexington, MA, US

About the Department

The Lexington Site is home to a growing Development organization, part of Novo Nordisk following its acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021. The Lexington Development team is responsible for leading the clinical advancement of Dicerna’s research pipeline of GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi investigational therapies and select candidates from the broader Novo Nordisk portfolio, targeting both rare and prevalent diseases. The Lexington Development team’s rich heritage of collaboration, calculated risk-taking and agility complemented by the scale and resources of the global Development organization, define a unique clinical development team that maintains its agility to efficiently advance clinical candidates through development. Located in one of the most vibrant biotechnology innovation hubs in the world, and part of the growing biotech ecosystem in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Lexington Site will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with extraordinary talent and to continuously develop, while working toward our collective mission to improve patient lives. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference? 

The Position

The Medical Director will contribute to the development and execution of the clinical strategy and provide medical and scientific leadership and oversight for Novo Nordisk’s clinical programs which are managed from the Boston Global Development location in Lexington, MA.

This role works collaboratively with internal and external (KOLs, Clinical Investigators/site staff, patient advocacy groups) multi-disciplinary teams responsible for the design and implementation, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of clinical studies within the sRNAi platform to drive the execution of the Product Development Plan (PDP).



This position reports directly to the Vice President of Medical & Science and will be managing multiple internal relationships within Novo Nordisk Inc. and Global HQ. Key internal relationships include (Regulatory, Clinical Operations, Data Sciences, Commercial, Research and Early Development and CMR), External relationships include Clinical Investigators/site staff, KOLs and, scientific consultants and patient advisory groups).


Essential Functions

  • Provide input to Product Development Plan (PDP) and Evidence Generation Plan (EGP)
  • Write medical aspects of core study and regulatory documents including, clinical protocols, investigator brochures, clinical study reports and regulatory submissions
  • Provide strategic input into clinical study design and development of clinical endpoints
  • Attending study team meetings with internal teams, CROs and other vendors and providing medical oversight and clinical development guidance
  • Support investigator meetings
  • Serve on Clinical Trial Strategy Team in collaboration with Clinical Operations point, Clinical Director, and Field Medical Affairs point to identify investigators/sites and risks to trial planning and execution
  • Medical monitoring support to clinical investigators and internal/external team members (e.g., address medical and eligibility questions related to clinical protocols, answer product candidate related questions)
  • Oversee safety for clinical studies (e.g., SAE reporting, ongoing review of events, integrated evaluation) in collaboration with the Drug Safety/Pharmacovigilance team and other external vendors
  • Support other advisory boards with clinical data and other medical presentations
  • Review and interpret clinical trial data and assisting with preparation of periodic and final study reports
  • Collaborating with the medical affairs team and contribution to the development and review of scientific publications
  • Support preparation of regulatory documents (e.g., IND, NDA, MAA and other regulatory communications)
  • Act as subject matter expert on clinical and medical strategic initiatives and provide internal training as needed
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including developing and moderating clinical advisory boards and drug safety monitoring boards (DSMBs)


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • M.D. required; additionally, a PhD would be ideal, not required.
  • A minimum of 6 years relevant experience required; academic research and drug development experience required.
  • Ideally board certification in nephrology, hepatology or pulmonology
  • Strong strategic mindset, understanding of market needs, resource allocation, etc.
  • Strong strategic familiarity with the clinical program design and development of clinical endpoints, oversight 
  • Prior clinical research or related experience (e.g. monitoring of clinical studies, knowledge of drug development phases, statistical research methodology experience)
  • Subspecialty training in relevant therapeutic area preferred.


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At Novo Nordisk we recognize 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 communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


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