Medical Science Liaison- Digital Therapeutics- Chicago

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Avanir Pharmaceuticals

North America
Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Medical Scientific Liaison – Digital Therapeutics

Position Overview

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL)-Digital Therapeutics will serve as the primary field based scientific expert responsible for providing clinical, scientific and health economic information exchange related to disease states and the appropriate utilization of FDA cleared and pipeline Otsuka therapeutics. This field-based position will engage with Key Influencers (KIs), Local Practice Leaders (LPLs), healthcare providers, and other decision makers within their territory, to further patient outcomes aligned with the overarching objectives of Otsuka. MSLs are responsible for the medical and educational needs of their customers. MSLs also engage in broad clinical and scientific discussions that impact patient care, resulting in rich customer insights shared within the matrix team.

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Contributes a clinical and scientific perspective to the local execution plan that addresses customer challenges, issues, and opportunities, to bring about improved patient care and outcomes. This extends to include coordination around execution of field activities.
  • Build, cultivate, and leverage external relationships with key scientific and medical customers and organizations within their territory to ensure strong understanding of evolving digital healthcare trends, disease state, Otsuka digital therapeutics, systems, and services across the territory landscape, including KIs, LPLs, Key Decision Makers (KDMs) and Patient Advocacy.
  • To be a credible source of evidence-based information that demonstrates the value and appropriate, clinically indicated use of Otsuka digital therapeutics from the clinical, economic, and humanistic standpoint and works in partnership with providers, payers, health systems, and other key stakeholders to apply practical real-world solutions to improve patient outcomes.
  • Support the organization through prelaunch and launch activities
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the territory to ensure alignment with Otsuka’s patient-centric strategy and priorities, including provision and delivery of optimal patient care.
  • Build and cultivate important internal working relationships across the matrix team to ensure an enterprise approach when working with customers. Be accountable to national Field Medical Affairs leadership to shape and execute on local medical strategies within planned timelines.
  • Actively contribute to planning, content development, and dissemination of disease state and healthcare landscape information to customers in the field on a regular basis using the remote customer engagement platform (i.e., PsychU).
  • Responsible for delivering the training and evaluation of promotional and disease state speakers.
  • Serve as part of Otsuka’s internal speaker bureau in support of product educational needs across the territory.
  • Collect and submit medical insights that drive decision making and prioritization of evidence generation efforts and healthcare solutions, including sharing at the local territory level.
  • Assist, as needed, with Otsuka’s clinical trials program, including registrational, post-marketing and Investigator-Sponsored Trials (ISTs), health economic outcomes research, other specific medical collaborations.
  • Support other areas of the organization including Safety & Pharmacovigilance for investigation of safety-related issues, and the Field Medical Center of Excellence for mentoring and sharing of best practices.


  • Doctoral degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, or Pharmacy, (PsyD, PhD, DNP, MD or PharmD) is required.
  • Preference given to those with experience in psychotherapy, psychiatry, neuroscience, or digital therapeutics. Other relevant backgrounds will be considered.
  • Proficient with technology and mobile applications
  • Understanding of the interconnectivity of health systems, overall delivery of patient care and experience working with healthcare professionals and other decision makers.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years related work experience (clinical, health system or industry)
  • Outstanding business acumen; knows the industry, Otsuka's business model and value proposition, key competitors, and other marketplace factors/dynamics. Able to identify solutions with the overall goal of improved patient outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills; exhibits professional maturity, confidence, and competence. Strong conflict resolution skills: proven ability to achieve conflict resolution effectively and quickly with affected parties and work in a cross-functional environment.
  • Knows how to summarize and communicate complex information and business objectives in a concise and effective way during presentations and other interactions. Understanding of industry legal, regulatory, and compliance landscape
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous environment undergoing transformation.
  • Demonstrates behaviors aligned with the Otsuka Corporate Brand including Perseverance, Unconventional Thinking, and Humility.
  • Business travel, by air or car, up to 70% of time depending upon size of territory.
  • Preferred living location is Chicago



Accountability for Results - Stay focused on key strategic objectives, be accountable for high standards of performance, and take an active role in leading change.
Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving - Make decisions considering the long-term impact to customers, patients, employees, and the business.
Patient & Customer Centricity - Maintain an ongoing focus on the needs of our customers and/or key stakeholders.
Impactful Communication - Communicate with logic, clarity, and respect. Influence at all levels to achieve the best results for Otsuka.
Respectful Collaboration - Seek and value others’ perspectives and strive for diverse partnerships to enhance work toward common goals.
Empowered Development - Play an active role in professional development as a business imperative.

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