Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0208
Post Date 11/6/2018
Company Akcea
Title Field Medical Associate Director/Director - Southwest
Employment Type Full Time

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. is a development and commercialization company focused on impacting the lives of patients with rare and serious diseases. Our priority is to bring important new therapeutics to patients in need.

Established as a subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in late 2014 and based in Boston, Massachusetts, Akcea was founded with a portfolio of development-stage drugs covering multiple targets and disease states using advanced antisense therapeutics. In July 2017, Akcea closed its initial public offering of common stock and is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “AKCA.”  In July 2018, we received our first drug approval in Europe and are in the process of multiple geography approvals for two rare disease drugs this year.  Akcea is now preparing for commercialization in US, Europe and Canada.


Serving as the field extension of our Global Medical Affairs group and reporting to the Senior Director, Field Medical Affairs, the Field Medical (Associate) Director (FMD) will serve as field-based clinical and medical experts responsible for appropriately engaging in scientific exchange and gaining insights in support of Akcea Pharmaceuticals’ products, research areas, and disease states of interest.

The FMD will develop and maintain long-term, credible, peer-to-peer professional relationships with both medical experts in the fields of neurology, cardiology and other medical disciplines related to the diagnosis and/or management of patients with transthyretin amyloidosis (hATTR) as well as clinical study investigators.  Through scientific exchange, the FMD will communicate and advance the scientific platform aligned with the overall medical communications and medical affairs strategies.

This position is for the Southwest territory which includes Southern CA, HI, AZ, NV.


  • Identify and forge professional peer-to-peer relationships with National, Regional, and Local key opinion leaders
  • Align and execute field activities in support of Medical Affairs Strategic plan
  • Identify and communicate research gaps, opportunities, and relevant field intelligence to inform medical strategy
  • Accelerate recruitment efforts and enhance subject retention at targeted clinical trial sites
  • Leverage expertise to enhance and broaden knowledge among field medical team colleagues
  • Attend medical/scientific meetings to represent Medical Affairs with KOLs and other HCPs, strengthen individual expertise as well as capture, integrate, and summarize information of strategic interest
  • Appropriately facilitate submission of Medical Education grants and Investigator-Initiated Research
  • Support cross-functional colleagues (e.g. commercial, clinical operations, clinical development), in appropriate activities
  • Actively participate in relevant team meetings, organizational activities, and HQ-driven medical affairs and clinical research activities (e.g. advisory boards, publication planning, investigator meetings)
  • Utilizing unique skills, assume lead responsibility for project work identified by Medical Affairs leadership and/or organizational priorities
  • Local, regional and national travel up to 75%


  • MD, PhD, PharmD, DO or equivalent Doctorate required.   
  • ≥ 5 years’ experience in field-based medical role in pharmaceutical or biotechnology company
  • Expertise and experience in Neurology, Cardiology, Hematology, Pathology or another field related to hATTR
  • Strong understanding of relevant policies guiding the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Level of position will be based on length of industry experience and other factors


  • Strong multi-tasking, time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work both independently and in a team environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications


Excellent salary and benefits package offered.

For more information on Akcea and to apply for this position, please visit our website: 

Reference #18-0208


Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. is proud to be an EEO employer.




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