Career path - Medical Scientific Liaison – IBD

Reuben Smith

Reuben Smith

Job title: Medical Scientific Liaison – IBD
Company: Takeda Netherlands
Time in this position: 15 months
Highest level of education: PhD Medical Biochemistry (+ two years of postdoc experience)

Introduction
Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company. Takeda’s portfolio includes products for oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, rare diseases, plasma derived therapies and vaccines. I am a Medical Science Liaison working in gastroenterology and I collaborate closely with stakeholders (doctors and researchers) supporting research, medical education and the correct use of our innovative products. I enjoy the freedom this role has and the added value I can bring to doctors, researchers and patients as well as colleagues. I find the diversity in projects energizing and particularly love the mix of medical science, networking and business.

How did you encounter this job?
Via LinkedIn.

 

Can you tell a little bit about the application process you went through?
Interview with line manager and HR followed by interview with Medical Director; followed by a 4-hour presentation, discussion and exam.


What was challenging for you when you started in this position?
Learning about business, office politics and operations.


What are your tips for job seekers?
Get on LinkedIn, talk to people about your ambitions or doubts and gain experience during your time in academia through student boards, event organisation and other non-academic projects.



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