• Medical Science Liaison - CNS - Central California, Hawaii

    Job Locations US-Remote
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  • Responsibilities

    To be a credible source of evidence based information that demonstrates the value of Otsuka products from the clinical, economic, and humanistic standpoint and works in partnership with providers, payers and other key stakeholders to apply practical real-world solutions to improve patient outcomes.


    Key Job Responsibilities:

    • Ensure appropriate dissemination of clinical information, knowledge and services in a timely, ethical, and customer-focused manner.
    • Keep abreast of the current literature, therapeutic issues, and competitive landscape related to psychiatric disorders.
    • Establish status as a knowledgeable and trustworthy medical and scientific resource for opinion leaders with expertise and knowledge of supported product(s), treatment trends, clinical trials, and scientific research.
    • Communicate current and emerging clinical research data to opinion leaders in response to unsolicited inquiries.
    • Identify medical experts to provide services as speakers, consultants, and investigators.
    • Engage national, regional and local payers, payer advisors and influencers that make patient access and reimbursement decisions.
    • Communicate cost effectiveness evidence that address payer needs and priorities; partner with providers and payers to put into practice decision support and care management tools and apply real-world evidence and solutions in the practice setting.
    • Deliver scientifically focused balanced and objective educational presentations to groups of strategic importance such as hospital and payer P&T committees.
    • Train speakers for promotional programs on product knowledge, clinical/scientific data, and information consistent with established company policies and compliance guidelines.
    • Participate and interact with opinion leaders, local practice leaders and other key stakeholders, including preparing moderators at national, regional and local conferences, advisory boards and other approved gatherings.
    • Gather scientific and competitive intelligence as well as customer insights during interactions with opinion and practice leaders or attendance of congresses and communicate to relevant Medical Affairs and Clinical Development personal.
    • Evaluate and assess potential investigational sites for participation in Otsuka-sponsored clinical studies as well as educate investigators about the study drug and pharmacovigilance procedures.


    • Advanced degree in Pharmacy, Medicine, Biological Sciences, Health Services Research, or Public Health (Pharm.D., M.D., Ph.D. or D.Ph.) is required.
    • Minimum of 3-5 years Medical Science Liaison experience in the psychiatric field and awareness and understanding of regulatory guidelines (FDA, PDMA, PhRMA etc.).
    • Experience in CNS/Psychiatry MSL experience OR clinical experience in psychiatry
    • Proven track record of success, especially in the area of thought leader engagement and experience working with academic centers of excellence.
    • Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written, and strong presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to comprehend complex scientific data and concepts and communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.
    • Demonstrated effectiveness working independently and in groups in a collegial manner, including cross functional teams and internal/external networking.
    • Strong analytical, conceptual, administrative, and computer skills.
    • Willingness to travel (60-80% travel time) within assigned territory.
    • The ideal candidate will live in central California


    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

    In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016.

    All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at www.otsuka.co.jp/en. Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at www.otsuka-us.com.



    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

    Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.

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