Full Time
Posted 1 month ago

MAPS PBC is pioneering a new form of mental health care, beginning with the development of MDMA-assisted therapy as an FDA-approved treatment for PTSD.  MDMA-assisted therapy is a new paradigm in the treatment of mental health, combining a medicine with psychotherapy to address the root causes of PTSD. It has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the FDA and the results of our pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial were published in Nature Medicine or profiled on the front page of The New York Times.  

MAPS PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, with a dual mandate to generate shareholder value and public benefit. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit working for over three decades to develop medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from psychedelics. We are committed to continuing to lead the field of psychedelic medicine with integrity and ethics at the core.  

Why work for MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)? 

  • We are a diverse team that shares a deep belief in the critical need for innovation and expanded access in the treatment of mental health conditions.
  • We are entrepreneurial, collaborative, and open-minded in how we approach our innovative work.
  • We are a new kind of pharmaceutical company that prioritizes public benefit over profit and is committed to sustainability, accountability, and transparency.

We believe in diversity and inclusion of people of all backgrounds, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, military and veteran status, religions, abilities, and perspectives. MAPS PBC values and seeks applicants who are people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people. MAPS PBC strives to establish a supportive, equitable and accessible work environment. 

Head of Medical Affairs Executive Summary

The Head of Medical Affairs will develop and build a Medical Affairs organizational structure and platform to be utilized globally to support the commercial launch of MDMA-Assisted Therapy as a new paradigm for the treatment for PTSD and other mental health conditions.  S/he will develop and execute a medical strategy that supports the approval, commercialization, and life cycle management of this and future products. Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, s/he will work closely with a cross-functional group that includes his/her counterparts in Clinical Development and Commercial.  The Head of Medical Affairs will actively participate in strategic planning, ongoing and new development projects, and partnering discussions.

This is an outstanding opportunity to serve as a driving force in building MAPS PBC’s medical affairs presence and success, and one that will provide broad leadership challenge, accountability, and impact.

Key Responsibilities

The Head of Medical Affairs will develop the department across five main areas of work:

  • Data generation: Strengthen the value proposition/story for payers, providers, patients and other stakeholders by generating robust clinical, real world, and health economics evidence. Oversee Investigator-Initiated Trials program.
  • Data dissemination: Enhance understanding of MAPS PBC’s scientific and outcomes research through scientific exchange with providers (e.g., publications, conferences, congresses). Lead Medical Science Liaison group. Represent MAPS PBC externally as a senior medical leader and shape voice and messaging in the scientific community.
  • Medical strategy: Collaborate with the Clinical Development and Commercial teams to translate clinical insights and evidence into medical strategy that aligns with the overall brand and launch strategy (including marketing, disease state awareness, market access). Execute strategy for engagement of KOLs/KEEs and professional bodies.
  • Medical stewardship: Oversee provider support services (non-sales), Medical Regulatory Legal review, and other.
  • Internal leadership: Work closely with the CMO and senior leadership team to help develop the overall strategic direction for MAPS PBC from a medical affairs perspective. Ensure team has up-to-date understanding of key scientific and industry developments in relevant therapeutic areas.

Minimum Requirements

What you bring to the role:

  • MD, PhD or PharmD. MBA, preferred.
  • At least 12 years’ experience in late-stage development and commercialization of drug or biological products in both the US and Europe. Experience directly interacting with the FDA/EMA and other international regulatory agencies is highly desirable.
  • 8+ years’ experience in Medical Affairs including developing medical strategic and tactical plans in support of the successful launch of at least 2 products (preferably a rare disease product or other therapeutic areas with a significant REMS program and/or complex delivery of care).
  • 5+ years of management experience.
  • Strong biopharmaceutical background with experience working in a high achievement medical affairs group, psychiatry or CNS expertise required.
  • Deep understanding of government and industry guidelines, regulations, laws, etc., for appropriate scientific/medical exchange and communication with healthcare providers. Highly developed ethics and integrity, with demonstrated ethical medical decision-making skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects simultaneously and to work in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Proven ability to develop internal relationships, as well as external relationships with Key Opinion Leaders, industry experts, payers and customers.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels and present complex and/or new ideas with clarity and simplicity.
  • Able to lead by example and create a culture of collaboration and teamwork that fosters open communication, constructive conflict resolution, and organizational flexibility. Proven track record of working effectively in diverse teams involving multi-functional disciplines.
  • Cover letter required; incomplete applications may not be considered.  

MAPS PBC is a distributed team that uses technology and periodic in-person gatherings to stay connected. We look for people who are comfortable with and skilled at remote work and collaboration.

Competitive benefit package includes: 

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Sick Time
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance (100% covered for employees + 50% for dependents)
  • Employer funded mental health HRA
  • Employer funded SEP IRA
  • FSA/Dep Care
  • Pet Insurance
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Wellness Wednesday/Journal Club/Yoga/Meditation and so much more!

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