Senior Medical Science Liaison
Rare Disease, Western Canada
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Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

501-1,000 employees

Develops therapies for central nervous system disorders.
Company Overview
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. stands out as a leader in the healthcare industry with over 25 years of experience, particularly noted for developing the first and only approved therapy for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. The company's culture is characterized by a dedicated team of "care-ageous warriors" who are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families. Acadia's competitive edge lies in its robust late-stage development efforts focused on dementia-related psychosis, negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and Rett syndrome, as well as early-stage clinical research exploring novel approaches to pain management, cognition, and neuropsychiatric symptoms in central nervous system disorders.

Company Stage


Total Funding





San Diego, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Toronto, ON, Canada
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Medical, Clinical & Veterinary
  • An advanced degree (MD, PharmD, PhD) in a scientific-related discipline required
  • Minimum of 8 years progressively responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry including at least 4 years MSL experience
  • Experience in rare disease is highly preferred
  • Experience in CNS/Neuroscience is preferred
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries
  • Knowledge of customer segments and market dynamics
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation formats
  • Demonstrated expertise in drug information communication
  • Ability to assert own ideas and persuade others through effectively consolidating, evaluating, and presenting relevant information
  • Demonstrated skill at promoting team cooperation and a commitment to team success
  • Adept at seeing change as an opportunity to improve business performance and campaigning for it when necessary
  • High level of facility with relevant computer and software capabilities, including MS Office programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to travel up to 60% with primary residence within the assigned geographical area
  • Identifies, develops and maintains relationships with national and regional medical and scientific thought leaders, patient advocacy groups, and centers of excellence that are in alignment with Acadia Canada’s scientific and corporate objectives
  • Engages national and regional thought leaders to align interests, discuss research and medical information, and participate in scientific exchange and education about current and emerging therapies
  • Collect field Medical insights and intelligence, and interpret and communicate key relevant information in order to define or update the organization’s scientific and business strategies as it relates to the brand(s), disease states, competitors and overall therapeutic knowledge
  • As required support/execute Scientific/Clinical National and Regional Advisory Board meetings
  • In collaboration with the Head of patient advocacy and/or Sr Medical Director Medical Affairs supports Patient Advocacy initiatives in alignment with program and product strategies
  • Develops and maintains scientific, clinical and therapeutic expertise for Acadia’s rare disease portfolio, including Rett Syndrome; therapies utilized to manage these diseases; and Trofinetide
  • Proactively identify educational opportunities within assigned geography and address relevant educational gaps by delivering educational presentations to external audiences, stakeholders, and customers groups
  • Provides appropriate scientific, clinical, and educational support for internal and external clients
  • Partners with the internal departments to ensure accurate delivery of medical and scientific information. Address unsolicited requests for Trofinetide medical information from HCPs
  • Identifies disease concepts and compound characteristics that can be leveraged into product differentiation
  • Represents the Acadia-Canada at specific continuing educational events, programs, medical meetings and conventions
  • Supports commercial operations by participating in Speaker and Sales Representative Training
  • Provides Phase 2/ 3b / 4 research trial site support by identifying, evaluating and screening qualified research sites for clinical investigation
  • Develop, maintain, manage, and link relationships within investigational sites and across relevant referral networks to increase awareness of the clinical trial to maximize their success in reaching their enrollment goals
  • Identifies and facilitates investigator-initiated research (IIR) aligned with Acadia’s medical strategies. Facilitate review and track progress of IIR proposals
  • Cross-functionally collaborates, following all compliance guidelines, with regional field leadership partners including market development managers in Canada and at time the United States. Stays current of local laws and guidelines, codes of practices and Acadia policies relevant to Clinical Development and Medical Affairs activities
  • Adherence to SOP and Health Canada guidance for distribution of scientific information
  • Adherence to SOP and compliance guidelines for all external scientific exchanges
  • Other duties as assigned
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in rare disease
  • Experience in CNS/Neuroscience