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Associate Director, Medical Affairs – Western US

Job Summary:

The associate director of medical affairs play a vital role in initiating and sustaining an exchange of scientific information with key customers and internal teams.  Key accountabilities include developing and enhancing a strong network of Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) to support the successful launch of NanoString diagnostic assays including Prosigna, particularly in addressing clinical questions and supporting and fostering research initiatives.  The role will focus also on supporting research initiatives and priming the market at select key academic institutes for the LST assay in DLBCL, support for integrating our immuno-oncology assay into clinical research at key academic centers, and conducting literature/clinical evaluations of new gene signatures as collaboration with business development and R&D to scope out opportunities for Nanostring to collaborate with research partners.   

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain contacts with external experts in accordance with the strategy developed by the Company to further understand and gain both insight and/or input into diagnostic and treatment patterns including the scientific activities taking place within the disease area and the needs and prescribing patterns of health care providers.
  • Conduct scientific presentations on Prosigna™ and other diagnostic and research assays in at various congresses, symposium, KOLs and to other relevant audiences.
  • Address scientific questions and off-label questions in accordance and compliance with company policies and legal and ethical standards.
  • Support medical affairs, R&D and commercial teams in the scientific aspects of diagnostic assays.
  • Find, vet and filter investigator initiated studies through the approval process, and monitor these studies as they progress.
  • Partner with the sales and commercial teams to identify the medical needs for key accounts.
  • Partner with business development, R&D in analyzing and evaluating new gene signatures with regards to clinical relevance. 
  • Support training initiatives to the field sales force and other internal teams.
  • Gather market intelligence on new products in development.
  • Effectively collaborate with the Life Sciences commercial team as well as external partners of Nanostring.
  • Help identify and develop KOLs that will support educational and research initiatives where appropriate.
  • Work closely and proactively with the R&D team in new and ongoing company sponsored initiatives.


  • Experience working with clinical Oncologists (preferably breast cancer oncologists) and/or Hematologists (**MUST HAVE**).
  • PhD in the life sciences, MD Degree, NP, PharmD or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Prefer a demonstrated ability to manage and develop an assigned territory with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated history of establishing relationships with KOLs in the academic setting and the ability to easily and a peer-level communicate with the KTLs.
  • 7+ years of successful experience in the pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, or medical device with a history of clinical study design and management.
  • Demonstrated customer centricity.
  • Demonstrated strong collaboration with internal customers including sales team, the commercial team, and R&D.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills are required, both verbal and written.
  • Highly motivated, energetic, focused on execution, and the ability to take ownership on decisions.
  • An excellent team player that is able to manage others through influencing.
  • Excellent time management and project management skills.
  • Ability to make effective presentations to audiences of various sizes and organizational levels
  • Strong analytical and data management skills.
  • Strong strategic, creative and conceptual thinking skills
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office and other standard software programs (Word, Exel, Power point)
  • Strong planning, organizational and facilitation skills
  • Highly effective communication skills and ability to work with various stakeholders internally and externally
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 70% of the time.


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