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Senior Medical Writer



The Senior Medical Writer is responsible for the dissemination of scientific and clinical data to healthcare providers, enabling them to provide the best possible care to their patients. Organizationally, this position is part of the Global Medical Communications department supporting Global Medical Affairs. Key functions include strategic publication planning as well as researching, drafting, reviewing, editing, and finalization of manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and presentations. Effective communication and collaboration both cross-functionally within the organization and with external experts are critical components of this role.



  • Development and timely execution of the publication plan in collaboration with BioMarin Global Medical Affairs and Clinical Sciences and external authors/investigators
  • Lead global publication planning meetings and coordinate publication efforts globally
  • Research, draft, and edit scientific and medical manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and presentations, including oversight of the review process and incorporating author/reviewer comments
  • Support scientific congress activities including symposia, medical booth materials, and on-site expert meetings
  • Lead development of scientific messaging platforms and literature gap analyses to support product and disease area
  • Become an internal expert for assigned product- and disease-specific literature and create literature alerts for company-wide dissemination
  • Manage agency and/or contract medical writers
  • Follow authorship and publication guidelines as stipulated by ICMJE and GPP3
  • Assist with maintenance and reconciliation activities within publication development database
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in publication planning and strategy development. Strong background in the basic sciences, with minimum 3 years’ experience at a biotech/pharmaceutical company or a medical communications agency.

Required Skills:

  • Clear, well-organized, and concise communication
  • Advanced understanding of statistical and clinical research concepts
  • Understanding of biotech/pharmaceutical clinical development and regulatory processes
  • Ability to interpret, critically analyze, and communicate complex scientific data
  • Project management understanding, including decision analytical skills, budgeting, and resource allocation and utilization
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to lead cross-functional matrix teams
  • Solid understanding of publication development activities and GPP3 and ICMJE authorship guidelines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines and maintain attention to detail

Desired Skills:

  • Datavision publication management software proficiency

Master’s degree required but a Doctorate degree (PhD, PharmD) is preferred in a scientific discipline or equivalent

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