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Working As A Medical Science Liaison

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  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $134,266

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Science Liaison Do At Abbvie

* Supports research initiatives across development at the request of GPRD to include, but not limited to, site evaluation and identification, recruitment, investigator meetings, external expert identification, and external collaboration management.
* Identifies, gains access to, and develops professional relationships with external experts (EEs) in therapeutic areas within assigned geographyRoutinely communicates field insights to internal business partners.
* Provides education relative to disease state and AbbVie products across the product lifecycle to healthcare providers and researchers.
* Continually educates self on market issues/trends and product knowledge as it pertains to specific business responsibilities in key therapeutic areasWorks with in-field teams to develop and execute a territory plan designed to support and meet shared business objectives.
* Inputs and maintains internal database as it relates to HCP interactions in respective geography.
* Marketplace preparation in new therapeutic areas of interest, which includes creating awareness and relationships for AbbVie in the Medical community.
* Serves as a scientific resource to commercial partners as appropriate to support activities such as Medical Congress staffing, Advisory Boards, and training initiatives.
* Efficient and responsible use of resources, including financial decisionsThe MSL is accountable for providing and supporting clinical information needs within an assigned geography and supporting the MSL team and corporate needs by meeting targeted goals relevant to specific EEs MSLs provide support for strategic clinical initiatives, executes a territory business plan and team tactical plan supporting business needs, meets assigned project deadlines, and achieves annual functional goals.
* Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and Procedure

What Does A Medical Science Liaison Do At Cybercoders

* Identify, engage and maintain relationships with Neuroscience Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs).
* Attend major medical meetings and provide scientific and competitive intelligence to internal stakeholders.
* Collaborate with KOLs / investigators to identify educational gaps and potential research opportunities.
* Provide technical and clinical information on request related to Arbor products and relevant disease states.
* Assist in the development and deliver product and disease-related medical education to internal departments, healthcare professionals and managed care audiences.
* Programs:
* Hematology
* Ophthalmology
* Nephrology
* Therapeutic method:
* Complement inhibition
* Regions covered
* Split between this MSL opening and one other:
* USA (Primary)
* Parts of Europe
* Parts of Asia
* What You Need for this Position
* Must be highly trained with doctoral-level qualification (PharmD, PhD, MD) and have prior experience as an MSL.
* Ability and confidence to interact with KOLs.
* Significant overnight travel is required (50
* Experience in one or more of the following

What Does A Medical Science Liaison Do At Celgene

* Identify Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), and establish and maintain scientific relationships with KOLs; connect KOLs in academic and community centers.
* Develop and execute territory plans in alignment with regional and national plans of action (POAs).
* Collaborate across multiple functions and within a region(s) to maximize territory opportunities
* Act as primary liaison to investigators interested in developing and performing investigator initiated research
* Collaborate with the Medical Affairs and Clinical organization to enhance patient enrollment in Celgene-sponsored clinical trials with site recommendations and maintaining contact with investigators participating in ongoing studies
* Provide clinical presentations and information in response to unsolicited questions (as appropriate) in academic, community, and healthcare provider settings in both group and one-on-one situations
* Provide scientific and clinical support about Company products to formulary committees or payors in collaboration with Market Access
* Provide scientific support at medical congresses
* Provide timely feedback/information on emerging clinical/scientific data and opportunities to internal teams and stakeholders

What Does A Medical Science Liaison Do At Endo International

* Act as the primary clinical/scientific resource to HCPs in the territory for information pertaining to disease state and Endo's product(s) to ensure awareness and understanding.
* Serve as a conduit for accurate and updated clinical, scientific and medical information between Thought Leaders (TLs)/investigators and the company's Medical Affairs group.
* Establish, foster, cultivate and maintain peer relationships with TLs in the therapeutic areas in which Endo has current and future interests.
* Share knowledge and participate in scientific exchanges and interactions with identified TLs.
* Present clinical, scientific and economic data on Endo's products and relevant therapeutic areas to formulary decision-makers, as requested.
* Identify and communicate key clinical and research issues from industry leaders to appropriate internal partners to shape company research, development, and commercial strategies.
* Develop and implement business plans to support Medical Affairs strategic direction for assigned region

What Does A Medical Science Liaison Do At BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

* MSL fosters the exchange of clinical information to raise disease state and product awareness amongst healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and laboratory professionals.
* Work with BD WH sales consultants, BD Institutional Representatives to execute educational presentations and objectives.
* Heightens awareness of disease management practices and guidelines
* Develop education and training programs to HCP audiences on BD product requirements for specimen collection, product offerings and result interpretation.
* The MSL will also be training BD technical support, sales associates, application specialists and other BD staff.
* Improves clinician education and engagement through educational and clinical support
* The MSL may be required to work on manuscript development and editing.
* Uncovers and shares competitive intelligence in a timely and appropriate manner.
* Must have basic solid knowledge of statistics and data analysis

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How To Become A Medical Science Liaison

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.


Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • German

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  • Swedish

  • Estonian

  • Romanian

  • Telugu

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

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Real Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Watson Health Medical Science Lead IBM Corporation Yorktown Heights, NY Jul 09, 2016 $195,000
AD, Medical Science Liaison FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Apr 05, 2012 $171,038
Medical Science Liaison, Hematology Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Cambridge, MA Nov 15, 2016 $170,000
SR. Regional Medical Liaison Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Aug 15, 2016 $160,000
SR. Medical Science Liaison Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jun 12, 2015 $158,142 -
Medical Science Liaison Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercializat Princeton, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $155,000
AD, Medical Science Liaison FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Feb 05, 2016 $154,380 -
Medical Science Liaison Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $152,714 -
Regional Medical Liason Trinet Pharma, LLC Frisco, TX Jan 12, 2015 $147,389 -
Senior Medical Science Liaison Baxalta Us Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Dec 19, 2016 $145,000
Senior Medical Science Liaison Baxalta Us Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Dec 12, 2016 $145,000
Senior Medical Science Liaison Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cheshire, CT Aug 22, 2014 $144,400 -
Medical Science Liaison Bestmsls, Inc., A Nevada Corporation Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2014 $142,500
Medical Science Liaison Genentech, Inc. San Marcos, CA Apr 30, 2012 $142,000
Medical Science Liaison Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jun 11, 2012 $142,000
Medical Science Liaison, FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Feb 18, 2016 $141,000 -
Medical Science Liaison, FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Oct 01, 2014 $140,860 -
Senior Medical Science Liaison Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. MD Aug 15, 2011 $140,000
AD, Medical Science Liaison FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 05, 2012 $139,693 -
Senior Medical Science Liaison Fresenius USA Marketing, Inc., A Fresenius Medical Care N.A. Company Walnut Creek, CA Dec 09, 2016 $138,689
Senior Medical Science Liaison Genzyme Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $137,946 -
Medical Science Liaison, FBM, TA Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT May 02, 2013 $133,531 -
Medical Science Liaison Roche Laboratories, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2011 $131,613
Medical Science Liaison FBM (TA) Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Denver, CO Apr 05, 2012 $131,380 -
Medical Science Liaison TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Frazer, PA Jul 21, 2014 $130,000 -
Medical Science Liaison MDEA, Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2011 $130,000
Medical Science Liaison MDEA, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $130,000
Medical Science Liaison EMD Serono, Inc. Rockland, MA Dec 01, 2014 $129,489
Medical Science Liaison Agnovos Healthcare USA LLC New York, NY Jan 06, 2014 $125,000 -
Medical Science Liaison TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Frazer, PA Apr 09, 2014 $125,000 -

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Top Medical Science Liaison Skills

  1. Clinical Trials
  2. Key Opinion Leaders
  3. MSL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identified academic centers and investigators to initiate and participate in clinical trials and identify key areas of future research.
  • Facilitated multiple collaborations between Lilly Discovery Team and key Opinion Leaders.
  • Collaborate with Director to assess staffing needs, recruiting qualified MSLs, and operating within defined budget.
  • Supported concept development and disease state awareness through medical/scientific discussions and presentation of research data.
  • Presented competitive intelligence findings at internal medical affairs research seminars.

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