Our Mission and Vision
At Moderna we are pioneering the development of a new class of drugs made of messenger RNA (mRNA). This novel drug platform builds on the discovery that modified mRNA can direct the body's cellular machinery to produce nearly any protein of interest, from native proteins to antibodies and other entirely novel protein constructs that can have therapeutic activity inside and outside of cells.
We have a clear mission to propel the field of mRNA science forward and deliver new medicines to patients and a unique vision for how to achieve this mission.
Senior Medical Director, Switzerland
The Medical Director, Switzerland is the leading country medical position for Moderna's European Headquarters, accountable for informing and delivering the Moderna Medical Affairs strategy related to Moderna's licensed vaccines and candidate vaccines still in development. Initially, the role will be focused on launching a candidate vaccine against COVID-19 once sufficient safety and efficacy data are available. Longer term, this individual will help build out the Swiss Medical Affairs strategy for the Moderna Infectious Disease franchise. To fulfill these objectives, the person in this role will partner and work closely with numerous external and internal stakeholders across Moderna, foremost the Regional Managing Director and the Moderna leadership team, as well as regional and global colleagues within Medical Affairs and Research and Development.
S/He will be a key driver in establishing Moderna's Swiss presence and will contribute to developing the excellence and scientific leadership of Moderna's Medical Affairs organization. S/he will be responsible for proactive and continuous assessment of the dynamics of the external and internal environment and, as needed based on this assessment, develop and implement strategic plans to establish and evolve local Medical Affairs teams and ways of working.
Here's What You'll Do:
- Fulfill the legal responsibilities for the Medical Director in Switzerland, enabling Moderna to establish a European base of operations
- Strategic development, execution and delivery of regional Medical Affairs plans for Infectious Disease (or each of the therapeutic areas), including tactical deliverables such as scientific exchange, support for clinical trials and real world evidence (when requested), post-licensure research, publication plans, investigator-initiated studies, and other knowledge transfer activities
- Build and maintain a network of key scientific leaders in areas of relevance to the current and anticipated needs.
- Develop and/or foster relationships with external stakeholders to ensure that robust local insights from healthcare practitioners and patients, enabling the generation of data that are needed to properly understand and value our innovative medicines and vaccines
- Planning of effective medical education campaigns, scientific advisory boards, KOL engagements, webinars and presentations to develop an effective scientific engagement strategy for Switzerland.
- Ensure alignment of the regional Medical Affairs plans with global strategy and adherence to all relevant regulations and SOPs
- Participate in outcomes research/health economics engagements with national payers, Health Technology Assessment or regulatory agencies, in coordination with Real-World Evidence, Market Access and Commercial colleagues
- Compliant management of compassionate use requests, pre-licensure patient access programs, patient access/support programs and similar activities
- Management of the approved operating administrative (i.e. salaries and travel) and life cycle management budget (i.e. Advisory boards, local data generation, etc.)
Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
- M.D. or equivalent degree from a recognized Medical School. Additional advanced degrees, entry on a Specialist Register (Pharmaceutical Medicine or a relevant clinical specialty) and a current license to practice are a strong plus
- Minimum 10 years of experience in global pharmaceutical industry in Clinical Development and/or Medical Affairs with demonstrated successful track record
- Track record of successful leadership, including training and developing talent, creation of a high performing team
- Demonstrated effective organizational skills, including ability to set goals and align priorities
- Experience in vaccines is strongly preferred
- Strong understanding of the compliance environment in which Medical Affairs functions
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Highly effective leadership, and a strong willingness to collaborate with other functions.
- Fluency in English, and ideally in at least one other language (French or German). Conversational proficiency in both French and German are strongly preferred.
Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. mRNA medicines are designed to direct the body's cells to produce intracellular, membrane or secreted proteins that can have a therapeutic or preventive benefit and have the potential to address a broad spectrum of diseases. The Company's platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing Moderna the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past five years.