Sr. Medical Director, Clinical Development
Durham, NC 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description


At BioCryst, we are passionate about advancing novel therapeutics for patients with rare and serious diseases. Our structure-guided drug design process leads us to the discovery and development of novel small-molecule drugs. We integrate traditional biology and medicinal chemistry along with a wide array of advanced technologies to understand the three-dimensional structures of active sites of target enzymes. Our scientists then design molecular structures to create bespoke drugs for patients. We focus on therapeutic areas with either no available treatments or large unmet patient needs. BioCryst's US headquarters are located in Durham, North Carolina, our European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and our Discovery Center of Excellence in Birmingham, Alabama. We are proud of our culture of engagement and accountability that rewards people for innovative thinking and achievement of key objectives. For more information, please visit the Company's website at


Accountable for quality of medical and scientific conduct of assigned Phase I - IV clinical studies and/or drug product development. May lead product development medical teams if more than 1 physician supports a program. In addition, the Sr. Medical Director may be consulted or have responsibilities for Phase IV studies conducted by medical affairs if appropriate. The Sr. Medical Director is responsible for medical oversight of Phase I-IV site protocols in assigned clinical trials, ongoing safety oversight and providing medical and scientific expertise to clinical and regulatory teams.


Clinical Development Responsibilities

  • Provide scientific and medical insights relevant to assigned programs and projects.
  • Responsible for original writing, editing and review of medical and scientific elements of clinical research documents to ensure accuracy, consistency with standard of care, logistical ease, and internal consistency, as assigned.
  • Provide medical and safety input and or author sections of regulatory documents such as IND/NDA submissions, MAAs, Product Labeling and promotional materials.
  • Medical leadership on the Product Team and the Clinical Subteam (CS), and where assigned, leadership team and BOD interactions on the project.
  • Medical leadership in presenting the product externally to academic, regulatory, prescriber, government, and payer communities.
  • Provide medical support in corporate partner interactions on assigned projects.
  • Accountable, with input from the Safety Officer, for detecting and communicating adverse safety signals to CST and PLT.
  • Contribute as needed to scientific and medical thinking for other projects.
  • Support medical and regulatory review and approval of promotional, labeling, and training materials.
  • Identify and evaluate external epidemiologic data sources as required.
  • Attend appropriate scientific meetings and stays up to date with relevant scientific literature to maintain expertise.
  • Co-author internal presentations and briefings on product.
  • Co-author external presentations, posters and manuscripts in collaboration with principal investigators on product.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Clinical Study Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of clinical research documents including protocols, Informed Consent Forms, Training materials, Study Manuals, Guidelines, etc.
  • Educate investigator and site staff on the medical and scientific aspects of protocols, as assigned. Support more junior medical directors on education and investigator/site staff support
  • Responsible for medical monitoring including appropriate subject inclusion into protocols, regular review of clinical and laboratory findings in ongoing clinical trials and responding to medical queries from investigators and sites.
  • Responsible, together with Clinical Managers, for the adequacy of clinical and laboratory monitoring schedules in study protocols.
  • Responsible, together with Clinical/Data Managers and Clinical Scientists, for the quality of CRF templates and site tools.
  • Ongoing review of all adverse events for assigned protocols and/or products.
  • SAE management, along with Safety operations, including narrative writing (if required), production of analysis of similar medical event (AOSE) including search terms and written analysis, writing of company comment, and final approval of MedWatch/CIOMS.
  • Coding review of medical history, adverse events, and concomitant medications.
  • Oversee ethical conduct of assigned protocols.
  • Oversee site compliance with eligibility criteria and study-specific procedures.
  • Detect and communicate adverse trends in any aspect of study conduct.
  • Communicate with CRO staff and sites as needed to understand adverse events. clinical and laboratory findings.
  • If requested by Clinical Managers, accountable to review site monitoring and audit reports and driving necessary corrective actions that pertain to scientific and ethical conduct of trial.
  • Provide medical and safety input and or authors sections of the Clinical Study Report
  • Co-author internal study presentations and briefings.
  • Co-author external study presentations, posters and manuscripts in collaboration with principal investigators.
  • Responsible for Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) interactions regarding data, data interpretation, etc on assigned projects. If required, may be responsible for overall DMC management including routine communications.


  • MD with postgraduate training and 5+ years clinical experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) with direct patient care responsibilities. Board-eligible or board-certified in a specialty or relevant subspecialty preferred.
  • Demonstrated industry experience in clinical research, including medical monitoring, minimum 7 years preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarship, independent research funding, publication, and/or membership in scholarly societies.
  • Understanding of the clinical research process and its intricacies.
  • Experience with anticipating and solving the practical issues encountered in execution of clinical trials.
  • Strong leadership and process improvement skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications, organization and presentation skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills, including solid familiarity with statistical and epidemiological concepts (record of publication in the field is desirable).
  • Able to maintain professional skills and learn new ones when necessary.
  • Understanding of the clinical-regulatory-commercial development process and its intricacies.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and maintain timelines.
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Deep familiarity with ICH and GCP guidelines.
  • Familiarity with safety reporting requirements per US and European regulations.
  • Experience with global regulatory authorities in one or more major markets including
    USA (FDA), Europe (EMA) and Japan (MHLW).
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Initiative in producing high-quality work product in a small company environment.
  • Roll-up-the-sleeves attitude.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to understand, influence, and collaborate in a diverse team-based organization.
  • Competence with standard office computer software tools.

The statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The manager may assign additional responsibilities and assignments from time to time.

BioCryst is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veterans status, disability and/or other protected class characteristics. Additionally, BioCryst is committed to achieving its business objectives in compliance with all federal, state and local law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
5+ years
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