Medical Director, Medical Affairs

Novato, CA or Brisbane, CA
Ultragenyx – Medical Affairs
Why Join Us?
Ultragenyx is a clinical stage biotechnology company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare and ultra-rare diseases with an initial focus on serious debilitating metabolic genetic diseases. Founded in 2010, the company has rapidly built a diverse portfolio of both large and small molecule candidates with the potential to address diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is clear, and for which there are no approved therapies.  
Come join our team during this exciting time of growth and opportunities!
We are headquartered in Novato, CA, 25 miles north of San Francisco, with an office in Brisbane, CA, 10 miles south of San Francisco, and an office in Basel Switzerland.  This position can be located in Brisbane or Novato, CA.

Ultragenyx is looking for an experienced medical leader with the passion and creativity to develop great medicines for patients.   Reporting to the Vice President, US Medical Affairs, the Medical Director will be responsible for the successful development and execution of key medical affairs activities through partnership with Medical Affairs colleagues, Commercial, Clinical Sciences, and Program Management. The Medical Director will serve as medical affairs lead for one or more of the programs in the Ultragenyx pipeline. Key activities will include: establishing the medical strategy and plan for the assigned program(s), lead execution of relevant medical affairs activities, forging strong relationships with key opinion leaders, supporting health technology assessment and other payer-related activities, compliantly support commercial activities, support patient advocacy initiative, and support life cycle management.
The ideal candidate will have experience in rare disease drug development and commercialization, life cycle management, and successful track record in key opinion leader and payer relationships.  The individual will be a self-starter with strong scientific capabilities and understanding of health care systems who wishes to be part of an innovative team that supports the company’s mission.

Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

    • Develop the medical strategy and plan for the assigned product(s)
    • Lead execution of the relevant medical affairs activities including advisory boards, medical education initiatives, congress activities, and payer interactions
    • Maintain high level of scientific and medical expertise on the relevant disease areas and serve as key medical resource in the disease area and on specific products
    • Provide medical expertise to the Commercial organization to compliantly assist in the development and execution of Commercial activities
    • Serve as medical affairs reviewer for promotional materials and non-promotional scientific materials
    • Forge strong relationships with key opinion leaders
    • Provide scientific and medical leadership as needed for publication planning and execution
    • Review Investigator Sponsored Trial proposals
    • Provide support for Medical Science Liaison activities
    • Provide support as needed to Clinical Sciences and Clinical Operations to ensure successful execution of our clinical trials program
    • Support high-quality execution of Corporate-wide initiatives.
    • Exhibits leadership skills within and outside of the organization (including people skills, mentoring, presentation skills and professional interaction)


    • Minimum 6+ years in biotech/pharmaceutical industry with 3+ years in Medical Affairs
    • Advanced scientific degree. MD degree or equivalent highly preferred
    • Medical specialty training preferred; optimally in medical genetics, pediatric or adult neurology or other complex clinical fields dealing with chronic diseases and complex pathophysiology, or relevant experience
    • Experience working in rare diseases preferred
    • Proven leadership experience and able to work both independently and as a member of an integrated, interdisciplinary team in carrying out assigned responsibilities
    • Must be analytical and articulate in both oral and in writing skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate well with others at varying professional levels, especially in the medical profession
    • Track record of forming compliant partnerships with commercial colleagues
    • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public
    • Ability to think creatively, and efficiently to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status.


Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status.

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