MEDICAL AFFAIRS

The meeting point for dissemination of medical knowledge

MEDICAL AFFAIRS HAS INCREASED STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE:
IS IT SOMETHING FOR YOU?

The Medical Affairs function is developing into an increasingly important strategic function in the life science industry, both in Denmark and internationally. This is partly due to the fact that

  • Focus has shifted from 'price' to 'value' among public authority decision-makers ("payers") and other stakeholders.
  • There is an expressed need for project collaborations between life science companies and HCPs. There is no time for "sales & detailing", and the demand for professionalism in the dialogue is increasing.
  • Availability of health data from new sources has increased, e.g. real-world data from registers, quality databases, smartphones and other wearables.

All this provides new opportunities and increases demands on Medical Affairs professionals, for example for continued competence development within generation of scientific and clinical evidence, health economic understanding, stakeholder engagement, communication and skills in innovative thinking. Are you ready for these challenges?

A CAREER IN MEDICAL AFFAIRS?

Do you have a scientific background such as a master's degree in human biology, biomedicine, pharmacist or are you a doctor? Are you already employed in the pharmaceutical industry or healthcare and are considering a career change to Medical Affairs? At Atrium, you can get insights into the role and contribution of Medical Affairs.

Do you already work in a Medical Affairs function and want to be updated on the latest developments in the field - and to discuss these with experts? You also have the opportunity to do so with us.

COURSES AVAILABLE TO YOU

We are in the process of building a portfolio of education offers for you who

  • work in Medical Affairs
  • wish to do so
  • or collaborate with Medical Affairs colleagues.

The first initiative is the 2-day course "Rethinking the future of Medical Affairs", which focuses on both current and future challenges and opportunities in global and affiliate Medical Affairs.

DOCUMENT YOUR COMPETENCES

On all Atrium courses, you receive a participant certificate. Some courses are mandatory in order to take an exam as part of an education program.

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK

Our course participants often tell us that in addition to gaining inspiration and new knowledge, they also greatly appreciate the network element of attending courses with us: you meet likeminded professionals from the life science industry and the healthcare system, and engage in constructive, professional discussions – and build relationships that extend beyond the days you are on the course.


WHAT IS MEDICAL AFFAIRS?


Medical Affairs is an independent function found in most life science companies. The function has a broad interface internally, collaborating with colleagues in Regulatory Affairs, Research & Clinical Development, Market Access and Marketing & Sales. Internally, Medical Affairs thus builds a bridge between the research based and commercial part of the company by disseminating information and education about products and treatment options to colleagues whose primary expertise is not scientific or health professional. Medical Affairs activities can be:


  • Building relationships with opinion makers within e.g. authorities, HCPs and research.
  • Collaborate with Marketing on product brand plans to ensure professionalism.
  • Sharing market insights with colleagues from Market Access.
  • Communicating scientific data in collaboration with internal and external experts.
  • Carrying out health economic studies and effect studies into the effect of drugs on medical costs and quality of life.
  • Designing clinical trials relevant to the treating physicians and ultimately the patients involved.

External partners are found throughout the healthcare system, e.g. in healthcare authorities, hospitals and universities. For example, Medical Affairs professionals often handle the professional dialogue about available treatments for a specific disease with treating health professionals, either by responding to requests or through training sessions. There is also a dialogue with clinical research departments at both hospitals and universities.

Based on its broad area of collaboration, the Medical Affairs function often employs people of diverse health professional backgrounds such as doctors, biologists, biochemists and pharmacists, often with a research background.