Manager, Global Market Access

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 1 week ago

Akcea Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing drugs to treat patients with serious rare diseases. Our priority is to bring important new therapeutics to patients in need. In order to do so, we must drive clinicalprogram execution, understand patient and physician needs and work with regulators to gain global approval and market access to these new therapeutics. Akcea has a portfolio of development-stage drugs covering multiple targets and disease states using advancedantisense therapeutics.

Akcea was established by Ionis Pharmaceuticals in late 2014 and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in July 2017 under the symbol "AKCA." Akcea is a global company headquartered in Boston, MA with offices in Carlsbad, CA and across the EU and Canada.

Manager, Global Market Access

The Manager, Global Market Access will play an important role in the effectiveness and impact of the Global Market Access (GMA) organization and in the successful commercialization of Tegsedi, Waylivra and our pipeline products. She or he will work as anintegral member of the Global Market Access team by providing project management and coordination to support market access and health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) strategies and plans. She or he will support activities directed at achieving optimalmarket access for approved and pipeline products. In addition, she/he will provide support to the management of the Global Pricing Committee and to the global archive of in-country Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Pricing & Reimbursement (P&R) submissions.


The Manager, Global Market Access will:

  • Manage administration of market access and HEOR projects across several vendors including initiating master service agreements, scopes of work, and purchase orders

  • Manage month and quarter-end accrual estimates from vendors as an input to the finance team's reporting

  • Support research projects and publications in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research department by facilitating coordination and communication between vendors, academic and clinical consultants, and the Akcea GMA team

  • Facilitate timely review of market access and HEOR research abstracts and manuscripts by following up with internal Akcea and external reviewers

  • Work with the Medical Materials Review Committee and Promotional Review Committee to approve market access and HEOR publications and presentations

  • Coordinate the Akcea Global Pricing Committee (GPC) to support setting the launch price of products in the US and individual European and rest of world countries

  • Maintain a calendar of GPC meetings throughout the year and maintaining the archive of GPC decisions

  • Administration of the Global Pricing database and liaising with the vendor to ensure regular updates

  • Administration of the GMA Value Platform and liaising with the vendor to ensure that the platform is kept current and fully operational and with the country-level market access management to ensure that their input is kept up-to-date

  • Support maintenance of global value dossiers and core economic models in a central archive as part of the GMA Value Platform

  • Organize the logistical components of the GMA International Workshops

  • Organize off-site meetings with internal teams and external vendors


  • At least 2 years' experience with project management and coordination

  • Understanding of pharmaceutical/biotechnology product development

  • Understanding of the role of market access and HEOR in pharmaceutical/biotechnology product development

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Experience in managing multiple projects across a variety of topics and platforms

  • Experience in working in a digital workspace and administrating web-based resources


  • Minimum bachelor's degree

  • Fluent in English, written and oral

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MS Outlook


  • Boston, MA based

  • Office-based position, with minimal travel requirements

  • Ability to flex, and adapt to working in an entrepreneurial environment

Excellent salary and benefits package offered.

For more information on Akcea and to apply for this position, please visit our website:

Reference #19-0044


Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. is proud to be an EEO employer.

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