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Associate Director, Medical Communications and Publications

Medical Affairs | San Carlos, CA | Full Time

Job Description

ChemoCentryx is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer, primarily focused on orphan and rare diseases. ChemoCentryx balances a passion for science with the deep-seated belief that patients suffering from serious diseases deserve more than incremental improvements to the length and quality of their lives.

As a clinical-stage company with a broad portfolio in multiple therapeutic areas, ChemoCentryx pushes beyond “good enough” and strives for a totally new way of healing.



Reporting to the VP, Medical Affairs, this position will support the Medical and Scientific Communications platform, including Medical Education, Publications and Congress Strategy at ChemoCentryx. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing high quality, scientifically rigorous resources that communicate the science and data on ChemoCentryx’s rare disease portfolio, while adhering to internal guidelines, SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), policies and industry regulations.

Through cross-functional collaboration, you will oversee the development and execution of the scientific platform and medical narrative of company products, as well as contribute to medical information, product dossiers and scientific communications plans (manuscripts and abstracts) as the organization grows and prepares for its first product launch. You will manage external vendors, including medical writing and medical information agencies as well as internal resources in the development of custom and standard response letters, congress booths content for Medical Affairs, abstracts, posters and manuscripts.  You may assist in the planning of advisory boards and also review process of continuing medical education (CME) grant requests, as needed.



  • Manages and maintains a strategic medical communication and publications plan.
  • Contributes to the publication planning and execution according to established guidelines (e.g., GPP3, ICMJE).
  • Contributes to Medical Affairs Congress planning activities, such as medical education and medical affairs booth content, as needed.
  • Identifies and makes recommendations on opportunities for Medical Education
  • Along with the Medical Director, interfaces with commercial and clinical groups as key contributor to the Competitive Intelligence activities in therapeutic areas of relevance to assigned portfolio agents.
  • Oversees external vendor operations that support Medical Affairs communication activities, including first line response to inquiries and requests for medical information.
  • Contributes to the development of slide decks and other presentation materials, as needed.



  • Doctorate degree (PharmD, PhD, MD, DO) with five or more years of cumulative experience in Medical/Scientific Affairs, Clinical Development, Clinical Research, patient care, and/or basic research.
  • Prior experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development within the bio-pharmaceutical industry (or clinical experience), ideally in rare diseases
  • Understanding of Scientific Communications projects including disease state education programs, advisory boards, congress/publication plans, and RML resources
  • Understanding of Medical Information capabilities, literature surveillance, adverse event and product complaints requirements
  • Experience with marketed products and late-stage pipeline products
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills and the ability to critically analyze the scientific literature to form logical opinions and communicate key business and clinical information at multiple levels
  • An understanding of the pharmaceutical commercialization process and knowledge of the legal and regulatory guidelines affecting promotion of prescription products
  • The ability to work in teams and interface in a dynamic environment across corporate functions
  • Prior experience managing consultants and vendors is desired
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations impacting medical communications practices in the US
  • Demonstrated ability to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Must demonstrate a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • May require travel up to 20-30% of the time to attend Conferences and meetings for publication planning or execution purposes.
  • Title and scope of responsibilities commensurate with experience.