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Medical Science Liaison, Ophthalmology (South Texas & Gulf States)

Houston, TX
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Position Summary:

The Apellis MSL is a remote role focused on developing and maintaining peer-to-peer relationships with key medical experts. This role will primarily support the Apellis ophthalmology program. The MSL will collaborate with physicians and other medical experts to support trial enrollment, provide program and protocol training and ensure that health care professionals have the most up to date information as the clinical development programs mature.

Territory: South Texas & Gulf States (Southern TX, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama)
Preferred Location: Houston, TX

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and maintain peer-to-peer collaborations and relationships with key medical experts in the ophthalmology community
  • Support clinical development initiatives including site identification, trial recruitment, registry, and presentation of final approved data
  • Collaborate with physicians on medical affairs initiatives including publications, advisory boards, medical education opportunities, training, and speaker development
  • Serve as scientific peer-to-peer resource to external disease experts and internal stakeholders        
  • Support the medical community with up-to-date medical information, robust disease expertise, and product information
  • Communicate clinical insights on new data to Apellis Medical Affairs and to inform medical strategy for the therapeutic area
  • Train internal stakeholders on key scientific and medical topics in relevant therapeutic area
  • Develop an understanding of the regional landscape including specialties involved in care of patients
  • Maintain effective and appropriate communication among internal stakeholders while maintaining full compliance with relevant requirements
  • Generate tactical regional plans to provide needs based, value-added support of the medical and scientific community in-line with company goals
  • Uses systems to strategically map, identify, profile and prioritize thought leaders in line with the medical plan and goals
  • Maintain accurate reporting and documentation of MSL activities

Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Advanced scientific or clinical degree (PharmD, PhD, MD, OD)  


  • At least 5 years of experience in Medical Affairs or Medical Science role
  • Robust and current clinical development experience supporting drugs to treat rare diseases; prior ophthalmology experience preferred
  • Candidates must have well-established networks and active relationships with KOLs in the ophthalmology community
  • Candidate must have an understanding of compliance considerations and demonstrate ability to work compliantly in a field-based role, within the medical organization, as well as across the commercial organization

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Energetically embraces responsibilities, demonstrates ability to achieve goals
  • Has strong initiative, and functions well as part of a cross-functional team
  • Exhibits excellent time management
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in a start-up environment preferred
  • Must be pro-active team player, flexible, and ability to work in ambiguous situations


  • Office is home based
  • Travel within region up to 75%.
  • Required travel to medical meetings, team meetings, and other group meetings (will require some weekends)

Benefits and Perks:

Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more!  Visit to learn more.

Company Background:

 At Apellis, we are committed to developing transformative therapies for people living with a broad range of debilitating diseases by controlling complement, part of the body's immune system. Our work is rooted centrally at C3, which is the only target in the complement cascade that addresses all three pathways that can drive disease. Targeting C3 has broad platform potential to treat many diseases where patients have few or no treatment options available. Our programs across ophthalmology, nephrology, hematology, and neurology are further exploring what is possible by targeting C3.

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EEO Statement:

Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumoconiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 





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