Reporting into the Chief Medical Officer, the Vice President, Medical Affairs will be a core member of the clinical and medical team and will establish and lead the Medical Affairs function at Annexon Biosciences. The Vice President, Medical Affairs will be responsible for driving Annexon’s growth by providing strategic and operational leadership both cross-functionally and to a team that they will build from the ground up. This role will ultimately be responsible for ensuring launch readiness for multiple assets across multiple therapeutic areas.
Responsibilities
  • Establish and lead the Medical Affairs function at Annexon Biosciences.
  • Oversee medical communications, medical education, congresses/conferences, KOL outreach and advisory boards; convey role of Annexon’s lead compounds in treating autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Work closely with cross-functional partners to understand current medical practice in the diseases of interest and what is needed to address the unmet needs from the clinical and health economics perspective. 
  • Develop and implement key medical affairs strategies and activities to support the late stage development of Annexon’s lead assets.
  • Represent company externally, oversee medical affairs aspects of development and pre-launch needs. 
  • In collaboration with the Senior leadership develop medical affairs vision, mission and department plan in alignment with related functions that will interface with the department.
  • Provide external facing leadership with KOLs. 
  • Contribute to company success through both internal and external medical education and medical/scientific information exchange and support.
  • Build relationships with key opinion leaders by providing disease state education and communicating the clinical value of Annexon’s scientific platform.

Qualifications
  • MD with 15+ years’ experience, including at least five years of previous biopharmaceutical industry experience 
  • Experience with prelaunch and diseases in autoimmune and neurodegeneration desired
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific and medical information to both internal and external networks, in support of the scientific and business strategy 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience building effective teams 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to change 
  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with partners, KOL’s, consultants, and team members across functions 
  • Ability to communicate well with health care professionals; ability to establish strong relationships with peer groups, professional organizations, and other outside parties 
  • Ability to travel up to 20%