Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health Oncology Platform is designed to leverage our capabilities in technology, clinical development, regulatory and reimbursement to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
In pursuit of our goal to manage cancer across all stages of the disease, Guardant Health has launched two liquid biopsy-based tests, Guardant360 and GuardantOMNI, for advanced stage cancer patients, and is developing programs for recurrence and early detection, called Project LUNAR. Since its launch in 2014, Guardant360 has been used by more than 5,000 oncologists, over 40 biopharmaceutical companies and all 27 of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network centers.
The primary role of the Director, Medical Affairs (DMA) is to lead the development of a medical affairs strategy, framework, and plan for the early-stage cancer program (Lunar).
This individual will develop medical affairs strategies across tumor types, consistent with the overall strategic goals for the early-stage cancer program, to increase scientific awareness of the program, build key opinion leader relationships and champions, advance and lead the review of investigator-sponsored trials (ISTs), lead the publication strategy to support the clinical value of the Lunar program.
The DMA will shepherd the non-sponsored studies and publication strategies in support of additional clinical evidence to achieve positive guideline and physician adoption, and payer coverage as the program matures. The DMA plays a major role in abstract and publication creation, and in the development and creation of physician educational slides to be deployed in focused events (such as academic grand rounds or Continuing Medical Education (CME) lectures), and in training speakers/educators. S/he will build a team focused on strategic partnerships with NCI-designated cancer centers and large community-based oncology groups with clinical trials capabilities.
The DMA will be effective at translating data from IST research projects and disseminating key information through publications, and presentations at national meetings, CME and educational activities. The role of the DMA position also involves supporting the Lunar matrix team including clinical development, technology development, commercial, outcomes and evidence, managed care, and other key stakeholders and Guardant executives. The DMA for Lunar role responsibilities will include but not limited to building/managing a team, strategic initiative and collaboration with other senior Guardant executives, and construction of studies and publications roadmaps that achieve corporate objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Identify, develop and/or maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with premier cancer center KOL champions, to promote understanding and adoption of our novel diagnostic technologies.
- In partnership with the key internal and external stakeholders, identify and support strategic partnerships that include report interpretation and registry support, and development of pertinent abstracts and publications based on registry data.
- Critically review and develop education slides based on new publications and research findings
- Support on-site oral presentations, data reviews, and interactive education events for KOLs, also known as “deep dive” or “VIP” visits to Guardant Health.
- Synopsize and educate key personnel regarding emerging abstracts and publications relevant to molecular testing.
- Assist the VP of Clinical development and the Medical Director(s) in agenda planning and meeting facilitation of Clinical Advisory Board(s).
- Identify and help draft study protocols and publication plans, including drafting/first authoring of multiple abstracts and publications with external KOL coauthors.
- Provide strategic direction to the Medical Science Liaisons and Clinical Oncology Specialist teams to develop KOL champions at NCI centers and large oncology group strategic partners as it pertains to Lunar strategy and messaging.
- Lead in major investigator-initiated, multicenter studies that expand our indications through validation and outcomes assessment.
- Terminal degree in a scientific field of study (Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.D. or Master’s Level with academic equivalent such as Associate Professor position).
- Clinical expertise or related experience in relevant specialties is highly desirable. Minimum of 7+ years of healthcare experience in the diagnostic, pharmaceutical, or biotech industry.
- Experience working with experts at academic medical centers to build consensus around new products and/or services.
- Skilled team builder/manager.
- Successful publication as primary author or primary draftee of peer-reviewed publications.
- Track record of independent presentation at major academic centers resulting in product adoption.
- Material input and experience in study protocol design and documentation.
- Prior experience as a medical affairs leader in the introduction of a novel new clinical product is highly desired.
Technical Skills Required
- Applies advanced knowledge of the biotechnology, diagnostics and pharmaceutical industry.
- Ability to apply advanced knowledge of company product specifications.
- Intermediate-to-advanced knowledge of the following computer software programs: Microsoft Office: Powerpoint, Excel, and Word
- Ability to work independently and remotely while maintaining a strong teamwork ethic.
- Multi-dimensional in abilities to work on simultaneous tasks, work cross-team and at different levels of the organization, whether internal or external relationships to the organization.
- Self-directed, intrinsically motivated, flexible to changes in an ever changing dynamic environment.
- Strong problem-solving skills, good attention to detail, time management skills and personal initiative.
- Exceptional human relations skills to coordinate the accomplishment of tasks through other people.
- Outstanding oral presentation skills.
- Highly developed written skills, the ability to produce documents for dissemination both inside and outside the organization for presentations, technical briefs and scientific publications.
- Ability to elicit and answer clinical questions in groups ranging from individuals to larger didactic roundtables and meetings.
- Ability to address high-level experts in the scientific field at company-sponsored events and trade shows.
- Excellent proofreading skills, with the ability to proof for proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting of documents.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.