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VP (Head), US Medical Affairs - build from scratch - Top Oncology Biotech | NJ / PA Area

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VP (HEAD) US MEDICAL AFFAIRS - build from scratch

  • Top Oncology Biotech with large, self-developed pipeline and tremendous funding
  • NJ / PA Pharmaceutical Metro Area

Summary: Cornerstone Search Group’s MD Practice is seeking an experienced and impactful Oncology/Heme-Once US Medical Affairs leader to join our client as a Vice President to build a US Medical Affairs department (in-house and field-based) from scratch for one of the industry’s most exciting oncology/heme-onc biotechs (multiple approved BLAs, >15 asset pipeline, 50%+ increase in stock price this year). Having recently helped our client on a retained search for another key position in a department reporting up to this same hiring manager, we can have informed confidential discussions to help you determine if this is the right opportunity for you to investigate. Our client is based in the New Jersey / Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Corridor and has very attractive compensation policies that have helped them attract a very strong team from top pharma companies.

4 Most Attractive Features:

(1) Opportunity to build a US Medical Affairs organization from scratch that includes both in-house and field-based personnel responsible for all facets of Medical Affairs for a top Oncology Biotech

(2) Company’s Strong Stock Performance: Our client is one of the strongest performing stocks over the last 5 years, including a 50%+ gain this year. Their rising stock price, combined with one of the industry’s strongest stock incentive plans (far superior to Big Pharma), has along with other factors (pipeline, scientific prowess, culture) made our Client an “employer of choice”. This is an opportunity to join this era’s Regeneron / Celgene / Vertex.

(3) “Best of Both Worlds”: Enjoy the benefit of working in a smaller, entrepreneurial, fast-moving environment where you will work with senior management while simultaneously enjoy the stability and security of working for a highly successful company with the stability afforded by their outsized financial strength (market cap, revenue, and cash-on-hand are that the equivalent of a much larger company) and pipeline that has attracted strong industry veterans from top large pharmas.

(4) “Game Changing” 15+ Asset Pipeline: Our client’s vast pipeline is self-developed and built upon multiple self-discovered antibody engineering platforms. Their monoclonal, ADC and bi-specific antibody therapeutics are all cutting edge and designed to provide a significant advancement in patient care.

Location: Our client is conveniently located for people who live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. This scenic area is home to many other pharma and biotech companies, affordable housing options (a lot less expensive than California or Massachusetts), and is considered to have some of the best public-school districts in the country.

Relocation: Our client can offer an attractive relocation plan for a post-COVID 19 relocation. In the meantime, our client is not requiring people to work on-site.

Role and Responsibilities in a Nutshell:

  • Reporting to Global Head of Medical Affairs, build and manage a US Medical Affairs team from scratch, including in-house and field-based personnel, to lead all peri- and post-launch medical activities in the US.Lead all communication efforts (verbally and in writings) on a proactive and reactive nature.
  • Develop relationship with PAGs (patient advocacy groups) and Cooperative Groups.
  • Provide US input into global clinical development plans.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • MD (or equivalent) is a plus
  • Strong Medical Affairs industry experience including US launch leadership experience.
  • Direct report experience required. It will be considered a plus (but is not required) if you have experience building and/or managing an MSL team and other relevant Medical Affairs functions and teams such as Publications, IIS, etc.
  • Desire to build up a US Medical Affairs group in a fast-paced environment and for multiple first-in-class assets. Prior experience building such a group is a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and implementing impactful strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with Commercial.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize and communicate a differentiated value proposition to patients, healthcare professionals, and payers.
  • Need to be a natural fit for a culture that is collaborative, intellectually inquisitive, hands-on, thinks about long-term foundation building, and is focused on results (not politics).


Corey S. Ackerman, JD | Senior Partner


P: 973.656.0220 x 716


CORNERSTONE SEARCH GROUP – Life Sciences Executive Search

6 Campus Drive | Suite 301 | Parsippany, NJ 07054 USA | 973.656.0220

About Cornerstone Search Group - Recognized by Forbes as one of the "Top 100 Executive Search Firms" and by Hunt Scanlon as one of the "Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Executive Search Firms", Cornerstone Search Group is a Life Sciences Executive Search firm that helps companies based around the world, ranging from startup biotechs to Top 10 pharmas, to find, attract, and hire talent for their US and globally-based leadership positions (CxO and xVP levels) as well as their critical Director-level roles.

Examples of Retained Search Assignments:

  • CEO | specialty start-up
  • US CEO | established European small pharma
  • CMO | late-stage public biotech
  • CMO | mid-size pharma
  • CSO | mid-size global biotech
  • President/US Commercial Head | OSD generics
  • SVP, Head of Global Medical Affairs | mid-size oncology company
  • SVP, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs | late-stage Israeli biotech
  • Group VP, Global Commercial Head | API Business Unit | Indian pharma
  • VP, Global Head of Biometrics | NYC commercial-stage biotech
  • VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs | Boston biotech
  • VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs | NYC commercial-stage biotech
  • VP, Head of R&D Operations | Boston biotech
  • VP, Head of Health Economics & Outcomes Research | Top CNS specialty pharma
  • VP, Head of Real-World Evidence | Top 5 pharma
  • VP, Head of Heme/Onc Clinical Research | Public oncology biotech
  • Executive Director, Head of Global Clinical Pharmacology | Public oncology biotech
  • Executive Director, Head of US Drug Safety & PV | Chinese oncology biotech
  • Sr. Medical Director, Clinical Development | Boston biotech
  • Medical Director, Translational Medicine, Neuroscience | Top 5 Biotech

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Keywords: monoclonal antibodies mAb bsAb bi-specific antibodies hematology oncology heme-onc


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