Featured Interview – Boston Conference 2015 !

Elizabeth KupfererDr. Elizabeth Kupferer is a senior level Medical Affairs professional with over 13 years of experience within Pharmaceutical Industry as a Senior Medical Science Liaison (MSL), MSL Director and Senior Director of Medical Affairs. In her current role at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals – Women’s Health Care, she serves as a Senior MSL, MSL field trainer and mentor.

Dr. Kupferer will conduct workshop on MSL 101 at MSL Society Annual Conference 2015 in Boston. MSL Society Interviewed Dr. Kupferer. Here is an excerpt from that Interview:

MSLS: What prompted you to create this workshop? 

EK: I have been associated with the MSL role for over 13 years and I absolutely love it. I am often an informal mentor for many individuals seeking to become an MSL. For an outsider the role seems daunting and unclear, so being able to shine some light on this career opportunity is extremely rewarding.

MSLS: What prompted you to become an MSL?

EK: I learned of the role through a recruiter. I was being engaged because of my clinical expertise and educational background, yet had no knowledge of the MSL role at all. This is one of the reasons I’m very passionate about sharing my early experiences adapting to an industry career.

MSLS: What are some of the biggest hurdles for a new MSL?

EK: I believe the biggest hurdles are understanding the MSL role. Different companies’ MSL teams of course have many commonalities but there are differences based on type of product and industry (pharma, device, diagnostic). In addition there are a host of regulatory and industry processes to learn.  In addition many new MSLs feel woefully inadequate approaching and engaging thought leaders.  Lastly, individuals with vast clinical experience must quickly gain valuable business acumen.

MSLS: Why are you presenting at the MSL Society?

EK: I am on the Global Advisory Committee of the MSL Society and I have been actively involved with the MSL society since its inception. I value the support and resources that it provides to the profession. I have seen numerous individuals find jobs in the industry that have reached out to the society for support. I find the live meetings extremely valuable to all levels of members. The networking is incredible.