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Lauren Leahy

Lauren Leahy

Communications Specialist

Former medical communications manager at Amgen.

Lauren Leahy has over 13 years of experience as a medical communications and partnerships specialist with an extensive background in medical writing, communications, and project management. She has worked in both agency and industry (pharmaceuticals) environments. Her skill set combines science, communications, and marketing principles to help clients overcome a wide variety of challenges. At Amgen, she managed and developed medical communications and education strategy, projects and events for a market-leading biologic, including opportunity identification, speaker engagement and briefing, and budget management.

Communications
Medical Communications
Partnerships
Medical Writing
Pharmaceutical Content Strategy
Marketing Communications
Strategic Communications
Newsletter Writing
Strategic Planning
Lauren Leahy

Lauren Leahy

Former medical communications manager at Amgen.

Communications Specialist

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Employment Highlights

Medical Communications Consultant

Independent

January 2015 - Present (6 years 9 months)

Medical Communications Manager, Bone & General Medicine

Amgen Australia

May 2012 - January 2015 (2 years 8 months)

Editorial Program Manager

Elixir Healthcare Education

June 2009 - April 2012 (2 years 10 months)

Education Highlights

Master of Business Business Administration, -

Charles Sturt University

January 2017 - Present (4 years 9 months)

Master of Marketing, -

Charles Sturt University

January 2009 - December 2011 (2 years 11 months)

Bachelor of Science, Media & Communications

The University of Sydney

January 2002 - December 2005 (3 years 11 months)

Resume

Medical Communications Consultant

Independent

January 2015 - Present (6 years 9 months)

  • Helped teams define objectives, priorities, audiences, and messages, and ensuring that these remain the focus throughout projects and campaigns, throughout and across planning cycles.
  • Oversaw management of multi-layered projects involving many (cross-functional) stakeholders and maintaining dashboards for regular communication.
  • Provided medical education and event planning and organization.
  • Assisted in pre-launch activities to prepare markets for upcoming therapies.
  • Supervised workshop development and facilitation, with topics including innovation and the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct.
  • Performed advisory board management and documentation.
  • Conducted medical writing and editing.
  • Created promotional and non-promotional material reviews, such as using Veeva systems.
  • Facilitated relationships between industry and healthcare practitioners.
  • Provided an interface between pharmaceutical companies and key partners to help facilitate relationships and manage projects, such as sponsorship opportunities, screening programs, and real-world data generation.
  • Liaised with a wide range of HCPs on behalf of clients.
  • Organized and documented other meetings, including conferences, workshops, and intercompany dialogues.
  • Trusted by clients with highly sensitive information. 

Medical Communications Manager, Bone & General Medicine

Amgen Australia

May 2012 - January 2015 (2 years 8 months)

  • Managed and developed medical communications and education strategy, projects and events for a market-leading biologic, including opportunity identification, speaker engagement and briefing, and budget management.
  • Supported the development and implementation of the commercial and marketing plan.
  • Managed and developed scientific publication plan and specific deliverables, such as conference abstracts, posters, and presentations, including liaison with local and international authors, as well as with global colleagues.
  • Developed non-promotional materials for regional medical liaison and sales force use with healthcare practitioners (specialists, GPs, and nurses), and accompanying them on visits to see these materials used in the field.
  • Reviewed all promotional and non-promotional materials to align with marketing (brand) and medical strategies, as well as with the Medicines of Australia Code of Conduct.
  • Assisted the medical information team in responding to healthcare practitioner, patient, and consumer inquiries.
  • Recognized as one of the company’s top performers for 2013–2014.
  • Successfully led cross-functional teams to deliver a huge volume of high-quality materials within a complex matrix environment.
  • Established effective internal relationships, so that many medical projects were often funded by commercial budgets (with provision of appropriate business cases) and effective cross-functional partnerships were formed to create events that spanned across therapeutic areas.
  • Helped align objectives across functions, brands and personalities.
  • Established effective external relationships with KOLs in osteoporosis, including a range of specialists, GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals.
  • Successfully organized several medical education events each year, including national standalone events and sessions at third-party events. Attendance and medical metrics according to HCP feedback were always high.
  • Visited the Canadian affiliate to demonstrate effective pre- and post-event digital communication that had introduced in Australia.
  • Led a push within the medical communications functional team to explore and adopt new technologies.
  • Reviewed an enormous number of promotional and non-promotional materials, helping the team navigate areas of conflict, and maintaining a ‘core claims’ document for team use.
  • Managed a huge array of internal and external stakeholders, including partner companies, HCPs, international colleagues, and suppliers.

Editorial Program Manager

Elixir Healthcare Education

June 2009 - April 2012 (2 years 10 months)

Elixir is a medical education company providing education, marketing, consultancy, and related services to doctors and other healthcare professionals, on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Managed medical education projects of all sizes for pharmaceutical marketing teams.
  • Fostered and maintained effective business relationships with key stakeholders at a range of pharmaceutical companies, as well as with their key customers.
  • Included work as a senior medical writer (researching, writing, editing, and proofreading), plus complete project management and liaison with key stakeholders within client companies and among their customers.
  • Worked with cross-functional teams to ensure that each project was completed to the satisfaction of all, on time and on budget.
  • Managed medical writers, production coordinators, graphic designers, and support staff working on each project.
  • Oversaw the work of various suppliers.

Education

Master of Business Business Administration, -

Charles Sturt University

January 2017 - Present (4 years 9 months)

  • Degree focuses on strategy, communication, and managerial skills used across a range of business roles.
  • Due for completion in 2020. 

Master of Marketing, -

Charles Sturt University

January 2009 - December 2011 (2 years 11 months)

Bachelor of Science, Media & Communications

The University of Sydney

January 2002 - December 2005 (3 years 11 months)

  • Double major in science (biology) and media and communications.
  • Awarded the University of Sydney’s Haswell Prize for Biology for academic merit.
  • Completed PR internship at Growing Daily Communications, with principle client being the National Heart Foundation of Australia, who were at the time educating the public about the benefits of resistant starch and priming Australia for McDonald’s meals with the Heart Foundation Tick.