Director, Patient Marketing

Company Information

Albireo is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and potential commercialization of novel bile acid modulators to treat orphan paediatric liver diseases and other liver or gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. We have deep expertise in bile acid biology and a pipeline of clinical and nonclinical programs.

Odevixibat is a potent and selective inhibitor of the ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT), sometimes also referred to as the apical sodium dependent bile acid transporter (ASBT), that has minimal systemic exposure at therapeutic doses and acts locally in the gut.

Albireo are developing odevixibat initially to treat patients with PFIC, a rare genetic liver disease, and plan to consider additional development in other paediatric cholestatic liver diseases and disorders in the future. Their Phase 3 program in PFIC includes a single randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical trial and an open-label long-term extension study. The double-blind trial, called PEDFIC1, is underway with data read out anticipated in the Middle of 2020. (June/July).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted to the odevixibat PFIC program or elements of it fast track, rare paediatric disease and orphan drug designations. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted odevixibat orphan designation, as well as access to the PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme for the treatment of PFIC. Its Paediatric Committee has agreed to Albireo's odevixibat Pediatric Investigation Plan for PFIC. Both FDA and EMA also have granted orphan drug designation to odevixibat for the treatment of Alagille syndrome and primary biliary cholangitis. Albireo will commercialise Odevixibat in the US, Europe & Canada and will partner in remaining regions.

Job Description

Job Title:          Director, Patient Marketing

Reports To:       VP, Marketing, Patient Advocacy & Patient Support

Location:            Boston, MA

Position Summary:  As Albireo’s Director of Patient Marketing, you will build and own the vision for how we reach patients and their families, work with the Director of HCP Marketing to develop the brand strategy, execute patient marketing activities and support Albireo’s understanding of patient communities in emerging disease areas.

What makes this role special:

  • Seek to have a profound impact on young children and their families
  • Contribute to shaping a new treatment model
  • Lead the first launch of a medicine for a rare pediatric liver disease
  • Be part of a unique, integrated marketing, patient advocacy and patient support team
  • Drive global and U.S. marketing strategy and tactics
  • Work on a portfolio of multiple potential therapies
  • Collaborate with a small, collegial team of good people
  • Learn from leadership with deep experience and a history of success
  • Enjoy great work/life balance

Responsibilities (may vary):  This description is not intended to provide an all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Duties may change at the discretion of management, and/or management may request duties be performed that are not listed. This job description is not a contract of employment and does not change your status as an at-will employee.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Director of HCP Marketing to build global brand strategy and tactical plan, assimilating input from across functions and regions
  • Collaborate with Director of HCP Marketing to develop promotional platform, including brand messaging and creative campaign
  • Plan and implement, with external partners, a full range of patient and family marketing programs and materials that drive the brand strategy
  • Collaborate with Patient Advocacy, Patient Support and Market Access teammates to drive seamless, on-strategy engagement with patients and families
  • Design and implement patient identification activities
  • Lead development of brand names, visual branding and packaging
  • Design and execute patient market research
  • Ensure adherence to all legal and regulatory requirements in our marketing practices 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 6 years of biopharma marketing experience, including significant patient marketing
  • Product launch experience
  • Strong strategic thinking, including the ability to identify key market insights
  • Wide-ranging tactical experience and demonstrated ability to reach target audiences with impact
  • Excellent project management ability
  • High attention to detail, diligence and reliability
  • High empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to simplify issues and reconcile different points of view
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse team
  • Partner management experience
  • Ability to work quickly and flexibly with resource constraints
  • High integrity and commitment to working within full legal/regulatory compliance
  • Strong writing and editing ability
  • High level of ability in Word, PowerPoint and Excel Ability to travel in the U.S. and globally (up to about 20% travel)
  • Desire to be part of a small, dynamic, mission-driven company
  • Bachelor’s degree 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rare disease experience
  • Hepatology or gastroenterology experience
  • Experience in a small, pre-launch company
  • PR, patient advocacy and/or patient support experience
  • Experience conducting market research and competitive intelligence
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline


Equal Opportunity Employer

Albireo Pharma, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.

All applicants should be legally entitled to work for any employer in the U.S.

Note to employment agencies: Please do not forward any agency resumes.  Albireo is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.