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Intercept Pharmaceuticals Medical Science Liaison, SoCal/Northwest in Seattle, Washington

Job Descriptions:


At Intercept, our mission is to build a healthier tomorrow for patients with progressive non-viral liver diseases. Intercept’s lead product, obeticholic acid (OCA), is a first-in-class farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist marketed under the brand name "Ocaliva®" in the U.S., EU and Canada for the treatment of patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), a rare autoimmune liver disease. Ocaliva® was the first medication to be approved for PBC in over twenty years, and sales continue to grow more than four years after its initial approval in 2016.

Intercept has also established the leading clinical development program in advanced fibrosis due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease that impacts the lives of millions of people in the U.S. alone. Currently, there are no available treatments for NASH, and the REGENERATE study of OCA remains the only Phase 3 trial to have generated positive results in the disease. A second Phase 3 trial, REVERSE, is evaluating OCA in patients with compensated cirrhosis due to NASH, with results expected in early 2022.

People at Intercept are passionate about patients. You’ll see their photos lining our walls and hear their stories in town halls. We’re equally passionate about our team and ensuring each member reaches their potential. We brave new challenges together. That’s how we find better ways to get things done and break down barriers. It’s also how we make it fun to work here.

At Intercept, we foster an environment that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and mutual respect. We never hesitate to lean on our teammates and work together. Our relatively small size means you partner with accessible leaders who know you by name. This brings accountability and growth, which all add up to more opportunities to learn something new every day. A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is engrained in both our culture and our business. For self-motivated leaders who are ready to make a difference in the lives of patients, Intercept is a great place to be.


The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a field-based Medical Affairs professional and is primarily responsible for scientific exchange with thought leaders and other HCPs in their territory. The MSL will serve as a resource and scientific expert non-viral liver disease and associated treatments, including those of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, advancing Intercept’s medical and scientific program aligned with corporate goals and objectives.


The successful candidate must be able to perform each of the following satisfactorily:

  • Identify, gain access to, and develop professional relationships with thought leaders, active and potential study investigators, providers at academic and non-academic institutions and professional organizations within assigned geography* Demonstrate an astute ability to effectively articulate relevant scientific and clinical information relative to therapeutic area and Intercept’s product life cycle to HCPs and researchers* Engage in and respond to clinical inquiries with scientifically accurate and unbiased discussions - while maintaining a high standard of integrity and professionalism in full compliance with company policies* Utilize scientific resources to deliver impactful presentations in a variety of different settings, including, but not limited to, advisory boards, patient advocacy group engagements, and payer interactions* Support research initiatives across development; provide support to clinical site investigators as needed* Serve as a liaison between key corporate functional areas and HCPs who express interest in conducting investigator-initiated research, to facilitate review and consideration of research proposals* Provide accurate, unbiased assessment of community needs to senior management* Maintain clinical, scientific, and technical expertise in specific therapeutic area through continuous learning and knowledge of the therapeutic area-related scientific literature* Attend and support scientific/professional meetings/conferences consistent with areas of therapeutic responsibility* Work collaboratively with Intercept personnel across functional areas, including but not limited to Medical Affairs, Clinical Research and Commercial organizations* Serve, as needed, as a scientific resource to support activities such as medical congress staffing, advisory boards, and training initiatives* Understand the legal and compliance environment and drive collaboration with the Legal and Compliance team* Drive the spirit of "ONE Team" across all functions by supporting a team approach to focus on our patients and customers as our top priorities* Make Intercept a truly desired place to work

Required Experience:


  • Advanced "doctoral" biomedical sciences degree (MD, DO, DNP, PharmD, PhD) required or clinically relevant experience commensurate with one of the above listed degrees; experience in designated therapeutic (gastroenterology/hepatology) area preferred* 2+ years of experience in an MSL role required* Experience in Training, Scientific Communications, HEOR, Health Systems, or Managed Markets strongly preferred


  • Must have knowledge of and be willing to comply with all regulatory/compliance policies consistent with position* Must maintain comprehensive proficiencies with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and associated applications* Excellent organization and multi-tasking skills* Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills are required* Exceptional interpersonal skills and problem-solving capabilities* Proven meeting planning skills* Ability to work effectively across a matrix organization* Ability to work independently and prioritize with minimal daily instruction* Ability to think strategically in order to improve current processes* Ability to complete goals within allotted timeframes and deliver high quality results* Ability to travel as required by the business* Learning agility and ‘scalability’ to take on increasing responsibility as Intercept grows* Consistent demonstration and embodiment of company core values: Come Together, Be Yourself, Own the Solution, Embrace the Challenge, and Keep Exploring* Understanding the legal and compliance environment* Ability to have fun and thrive in a growing, diverse and inclusive work environment


Keyword: Medical Science Liaison, SoCal/Northwest

From: Intercept Pharmaceuticals