Medical Writer

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Updated: January 31, 2022
Location: New York, NY, United States
Job ID: 137713

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Can you reach people with just a few words?

You express all of your ideas effortlessly, and have the skills to distill other people's ideas into their best possible form. Your messaging is not only clear and concise, but your medical expertise allows you to convey high-level scientific knowledge in meaningful and comprehensible communications. Does this sound like you? A Medical Writer role with GSW may be the perfect place for you.
The Medical Writer is a key component of each brand team, discovering and distilling medical information and data relevant to assigned products and therapeutic categories. The Medical Writer also supports the brand copy team in developing compelling messages and promotional materials. As such, the Medical Writer is the agency expert in assigned categories and serves as a client consultant in interpreting medical data, determining threats, and developing opportunities for assigned products.

GSW is a full-service healthcare communications agency that goes beyond advertising to create personalized brand experiences. We develop strategic marketing solutions for pharmaceutical, biotech and health-and-wellness clients around the world. We create experiences that involve, inspire, educate and activate people through ongoing brand journeys.


  • Acts as agency expert on assigned products and in therapeutic categories.
  • Demonstrates a sound knowledge of assigned products and therapeutic categories as well as pharmaceutical marketing restrictions/requirements.
  • Builds a scientific story that best supports a brand strategy. 
  • Identifies, in a sea of information, facts that support the brand strategy and/or provide other marketing opportunities.
  • Identifies important data points and weaves these into a story that is consistent with product positioning and can command physician interest and increase on-label product utilization. 
  • Provides guidance for development of compelling graphics, figures, and other visual elements based on original data and/or review articles. 
  • Shares the writing responsibilities with the Copywriter, focusing primarily on the development of content for clinical tactics.
  • Checks all promotional materials for medical accuracy and compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Consults with the client/brand managers to help them interpret clinical data.
  • Participates in client strategic meetings, war games, market research, and work plan development.
  • Demonstrates mastery of manuscript submission process, including referencing and regulatory details of assigned products. (May vary from account to account.)
  • Continuously mines medical resources and data for information that might be a threat or become an opportunity for assigned products.
  • Is proficient in the use of Medline and is familiar with other online resources such as MD Consult or OncologySTAT.
  • Attends medical conventions; gathers and summarizes relevant information pertaining to assigned products and categories.

Job Requirements

• BS/master’s/PhD degree with coursework emphasis in a science.
• Without PhD degree, 10+ years of professional scientific writing experience.
• Pharmaceutical advertising experience a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to produce a variety of clinical and promotional materials.
• Oncology and/or autoimmune disease experience preferred. 
• Research focus with an acute attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to distill complex data into comprehensible messages.

Note: Willing to consider remote location 


• Solid understanding of the science and market dynamics of assigned brands. 
• Thorough understanding of editing and regulatory processes and requirements.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Efficiency in handling multiple assignments at one time.
• Exceptional computer skills. Knowledge of PC operating platform a must.
• Knowledge of Macintosh a plus.
Thorough knowledge of the following software applications is required:
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.

Demonstrated ability to:
• Communicate thorough knowledge of assigned product(s) and marketplace.
• Present work and work of the team to clients.
• Effectively fact-check, reference, and annotate work.
• Appropriately manage challenging situations, both internally and with clients.
• Command respect of Copywriters and assist them in optimizing the scientific value and marketing impact of their work.

As a healthcare company we have an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. This position will require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of their job responsibilities, unless an exemption can be confirmed based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Submission & Approval of an Exemption does not guarantee that an exemption can be accommodated.

GSW turns against the premise of doing the “same old.” Our culture is focused on collaborative, meaningful advertising and day-to-day interpersonal interaction. We value the diverse backgrounds of our team members, and everyone has the opportunity to provide input and be heard. GSW is comprised of creative, motivated individuals who are all here for a reason. We welcome those who strive to work above and beyond their role, who voice their opinion and who are engaged in all aspects of the agency.

GSW is part of Syneos Health Communications, a purpose-built collective of agencies focused on supporting health and biopharmaceutical innovators. We work in scalable, collaborative teams that partner across disciplines and geographies to deliver integrated communications strategies that accelerate brand performance. In today’s fast-changing and complex environment, success lies in making connections: between science, emotion, and technology; between data, design and human insight. We’re able to make those connections because our medical communications, digital, advertising, public relations, data science, research and market access specialists work closely with each other and with healthcare experts, including physicians, pharmacists and advocates. Together, we are the connected healthcare partner tapping rich insights to drive innovation, change behavior and pioneer a new era of accountable marketing.

Syneos Health Communications is powered by Syneos Health, a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry shorten the distance from lab to life.

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