Vice President, Medical Affairs

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Palo Alto, CA

Vice President, Medical Affairs who will lead the development of the Company’s medical strategy for commercial products and work closely with other Departments including Commercial leading the development of the Company’s medical affairs strategy for all to be marketed products. S(he) will be responsible for designing and implementing medical strategies and tactical plans while providing thought leadership and tactical execution for medical publication planning, medical education, medical information system development, field medical liaisons and medical communication. S(he) will also work closely with the safety and pharmacovigilance professionals and strategic alliance partners.

With the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, the VP, Medical Affairs defines strategy and will develop and refine Medical Affairs policies and procedures and SOPs, to ensure and maintain excellence in standards and practices. The VP, Medical affairs will provide significant support for phase 2/3 recruiting activities across all products, lead the company’s KOL advisory board management, and run the investigator-initiated trials program. Additionally, the VP, Medical Affairs will design and execute on phase IV studies and, when appropriate, lead the phase IV clinical program. This position will report to the Chief Medical Officer, Clinical & Regulatory.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the US and global medical affairs plan across products
  • Develop and refine Medical Affairs policies and procedures and SOPs
  • Work closely with commercial and clinical development/regulatory in designing and implementing launch strategies and tactics, and life cycle planning
  • Provide assessments of product opportunities and threats
  • Develop strategic imperatives and tactical plans to enhance healthcare practitioner education to improve patient outcomes
  • Provide leadership to the Medical Affairs team and actively lead the design and conduct of Phase IIIB/IV trials and medical materials review.
  • Provide medical expertise in development of promotional materials.
  • Develop strategy for review and approval of investigator-initiated studies
  • Develop strategy for review and approval of CME programs
  • Conceive, structure, and conduct of US advisory boards and steering committees
  • Foster research relationships with key research centers in the US
  • Interact regularly with key medical opinion leaders
  • Work with commercial colleagues to develop and implement the company’s publication strategy
  • Collaborate with Commercial, Legal, and Regulatory for development and review of labeling, advertising and promotional materials
  • Monitor the competitive environment to sustain expertise in therapeutic area treatment management and new therapies, competitive products and features
  • Contribute to coaching and training Medical Science Liaisons and related sales force personnel on company clinical, medical, and scientific matters

Position Requirements & Experience

  • MD degree, with specialization in endocrinology preferred, and pediatric endocrinology highly desirable.
  • Experience with hGH treatment in pediatric GHD preferred.
  • Experience designing and executing clinical trials
  • Experience with GHD clinical trials a plus.
  • Excellent understanding of the drug development process and GCPs.
  • Strong clinical/scientific background/aptitude.
  • Prior experience in meeting the high standards required for drug development within a regulated environment consistently.
  • Previous pharmaceuticals industry experience in a Medical Affairs leadership role
  • Previous launch experience would be ideal with past success working in highly matrixed, cross-functional environment requiring excellent cross functional collaboration to achieve successful results

Personal Characteristics & Cultural Fit

  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Team player and highly collaborative with executive team, colleagues, investigators, and clinical research partners.
  • Ability to follow complex direction/processes under pressure.
  • Proficient balancing multiple routine tasks simultaneously to achieve goals.
  • Very strong organizational skills, with attention to detail.
  • Works well under general direction, with ability to independently determine and develop approaches to non-routine problems – a self-starter.


Michael is a 1996 graduate from Rutgers, The State University of NJ where he majored in Political Science. After Rutgers, Michael spent a year in Israel studying and working with early stage tech companies. After returning to the US, Michael spent 5 years with The Princeton Review in Operations of their graduate level courses. In 2001, Michael joined a staffing company where he led his office in sales of IT consulting services. In 2003, Michael started TSE and quickly found a niche in Strategy Consulting. He has formed partnerships with some of the leading consultancies in the areas of portfolio strategy, commercial assessment, market assess, payer strategy and operational effectiveness. Michael has helped consultancies and client side companies make key hires. In addition to recruiting, Michael helped Rutgers University create their Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies and served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Sounding Board Member for 5 years. He continues to stay active in the field of higher learning helping students of the sciences think about careers in the pharmaceutical industry.