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Astellas Pharma Medical Director, Clinical Development - Ophthalmology in Northbrook, Illinois

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

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This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose & Scope:

  • Accountable and responsible for the development and implementation of a global medical development plan to support an early-phase and/or a late-phase project.

  • Serves as global medical lead (GML) on early stage project or at the indication study level for a larger/complex/multi-indication program.

  • Responsible for designing and conducting a global medical program resulting in quality regulatory submissions.

  • Responsible for the medical interface with drug discovery, regulatory and commercial colleagues.

  • Provides medical leadership on one or more Global Project Teams and may chair the Global Clinical Team meetings; collaborates with other project team members and study team(s) to ensure delivery and quality of clinical documents and clinical trial data.

  • Supports other projects as required.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Fulfills the role of Global Medical Lead (GML) and is a member of the APGD Core Team.

  • Responsible for the design of studies and the recommendations in a clinical development plan for the project, solicits appropriate input and review from Medical and Clinical Operations colleagues as well as other contributing line functions (Regulatory Affairs, Statistics. Clinical Operations, Commercial).

  • Leads the medical team for assigned clinical trials to design, implement, conduct and interpret clinical studies to support decisions to halt development or to advance development to the successful filing of regulatory submissions of the new therapy.

  • Responsible for execution and delivery of the clinical development plan.

  • Acquires publicly available knowledge of competitor products and clinical plans.

  • Negotiates milestones and ensures clinical development objectives are met.

  • Motivates global clinical team towards the common goal of submissions of approvable regulatory filings or next clinical milestone.

  • Attends important meetings with the FDA and, as needed, with regulatory agencies worldwide.

  • Contributes to Global Project Team meetings.

  • Responsible for keeping GDPL, other project physicians and VP Global Medical Head, Medical Specialties and Therapeutic Area Head informed of clinical progress, any critical clinical issues and especially the emerging safety profile of the new therapy.

  • Contributes to clinical documents: protocols, IBs, study reports, statistical analysis plans, publications, CSR and clinical sections of regulatory submissions.

  • Responsible for clinical expert panel meetings and advisory boards to give input on clinical plans

  • Presents to senior management and external audiences on clinical aspects of compound development: including milestones, strategies, recent data.

  • Incorporates Health Economics Outcomes Research requirements into protocol design.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Collaborates with Medical Directors across Medical Specialties and may have oversight of study physician contractors.

  • Budget: allocated to the Global Project Team budget.

  • Responsible for decisions and advice in scientific, clinical and/or technical areas that can impact development timelines/regulatory review periods/acceptance and create significant delay or additional costs.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the Vice President Global Medical Head, Medical Specialties or to the Executive Medical Director or to the Senior Medical Director within Medical Specialties.

  • Matrixed relationship to colleagues on the Global Project Team, Clinical Operations, Statistics, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Affairs.

  • Collaborates with the APGD Global Development Project Leaders in assuring the smooth function of the Global Project Team.



  • Medical Degree (MD) or Medically Qualified with post graduate qualification and specialization in appropriate therapeutic specialty preferred

  • Specialty medical training in Ophthalmology

  • Should have at least 3 years relevant experience in drug development at a biotech/pharmaceutical company or the equivalent experience at an academic clinical research (NCI, NIH, Academic Research groups etc.)

  • Significant and demonstrable working-knowledge of regulatory procedures and guidelines in all regions (global scope)

  • Proven track record in clinical study design, monitoring and execution and results analysis

  • Has demonstrated knowledge of designing, implementing and conducting clinical studies, to produce both timely and good quality data.

  • Proven record of working on teams and in a matrix environment.

  • Proven ability to get results in a matrix management environment.


  • Additional post-doctoral training or additional qualifications such as PhD, PharmD, certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine.

  • Prior experience in leadership role in EU/US regulatory filing.

  • Experience in development and implementation of global clinical trials for the registration and support of NMEs worldwide


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Therapeutic Area - Medical Specialties

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