MSL Society Launches Job Satisfaction & Best Company to Work For Survey

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

mslslogoThe Medical Science Liaison Society  (MSL Society) has launched the first MSL Job Satisfaction & Best Company to Work For Survey. The society is conducting this particular survey to gain insights into current levels of job satisfaction among medical science liaisons and have them identify the best companies to work for across pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and other healthcare companies.

Thought Leader Select is a proud sustaining sponsor of the MSL Society.

At the close of the survey, the MSL Society will create a full report of the results, which we will publish in the fall of 2015. This survey is open solely to the participation of current medical science liaisons (or equivalent title) and MSL management.

To take the survey, simply follow this link:

Why Should I Participate?

Participants who complete the survey will help build an understanding of MSL job satisfaction based on numerous important factors. The  MSL Society will share the results with the global MSL community.  As long as you share your own name and email address at the end of the survey, the society will be able to send you the results at the time they publish the survey report in the fall of 2015.

Rest assured, your responses will be kept strictly confidential. All data is blinded and aggregated to ... read more »


Thought Leader Select Hires Five, Promotes One to Support Surging Growth

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

TLS_Logo - just the blockFresh off its most successful year to date,  Thought Leader Select is excited to welcome a new crop of talent to its exceptional team, in addition to announcing a promotion to support its continued success. The Triangle-based firm works with over half of the world’s top 50 pharmaceutical and healthcare companies to optimize their relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs) and ensure these collaborations are ethical, compliant, and justified for the purpose of improving healthcare.


–  A five-year veteran of Thought Leader Select, Lynda Scott has been elevated to Director of Research Training and Quality Control. With over a decade of experience working in both large academic teaching hospitals and small private practices, Ms. Scott has served as project lead across numerous therapeutic areas since joining the firm in 2010.

New Hires:

–  Thought Leader Select welcomes Skip Fernandes who joins the team as Senior Director of Research Operations. An alumnus of Tulane University with a Masters degree in Public Health, Fernandes brings with him a wealth of experience in healthcare management and technology.

–  As the firm’s new Manager of KOL Outreach, Amy Lorenti draws from her 15 years of experience in developing and implementing marketing, corporate, and technical communications. Lorenti’s prior employers include Triangle-based agency, The Republik, as ... read more »


Meade Named to Medical Science Liaison Society’s Global Advisory Committee

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p860127854-2 (1)The Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society) — the world’s first and only non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the medical science liaison (MSL) role in the pharmaceutical and other healthcare industries — is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural global Advisory Committee.

The MSL Advisory Committee will provide critical support for MSL Society members, assessing needs and designating priorities for initiatives such as educational programs and networking events sponsored by the society in its unwavering advocacy for professional growth and development of MSLs around the world. The Advisory Committee will play a vital role in MSL Society outreach, and in upcoming society newsletters, committee members plan to offer insights and best practices for its constituents.

From six countries spanning the globe, the committee members hail from a range of backgrounds — from those currently serving as medical affairs executives and MSLs, to others from support industries and partner organizations such as healthcare consultancy and leader in KOL profiling, Thought Leader Select, and digital marketing agency, Global Prairie. Set to chair the society during its first year is Dr. Alexander Tolmachev, Senior Manager for Medical and Regulatory Projects at Russian-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

“We’re both excited and honored to have such an extraordinary group of individuals join forces to serve our ... read more »


Webinar Wins Praise from Global Audience

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

With a total of 340 participants attending live from 53 countries around the world, the recent webinar hosted by Paul Meade on March 4 was a commended by attendees for providing valuable insight. Entitled “Maximizing MSL Performance and KOL Engagement,” the presentation was joint endeavor between Thought Leader Select and partner organization, the Medical Science Liaison Society.

Echoing sentiments similar to that of fellow attendees, Dr. Luisa Luciani – a Medical Science Liaison for Genzyme-Australia – commented following the webinar:

“With the MSL role evolving at a blistering pace—and with so many of us spread out across the globe—the MSL Society’s webinars are a great resource for staying abreast of key trends, sharing new ideas and reinforcing a sense of community amongst the profession.  In addition, by bringing hard data to such important topics as ‘Optimising KOL Interactions and Boosting MSL and Manager Performance,’ the Society and its partners are really helping to separate fact from fiction, and provide practical insights that can’t be found anywhere else.”

March 2015 Newsletter: Respected News Outlets Seek Industry Insight from Firm’s Leaders

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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Thought Leader Select Renews Sustaining Sponsorship of the Medical Science Liaison Society

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tonight: Meade to Host Webinar on Maximizing MSL Performance/KOL Engagement

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msl webinarGiven declining access to KOLs and the increasingly important role MSLs play in the success of companies, now more than ever before, it is imperative that the drivers of MSL and MSL Manager performance are collectively understood.

On March 4, 2015 from 9-10pm EST, Thought Leader Select will be sponsoring a complimentary webinar to confront this topic, quantitatively, and discuss the first-ever Global MSL and MSL Manager Performance Survey (commissioned by the MSL Society). Register here to attend this free webinar and gain insights into MSL & MSL Management Performance and hear early results of the survey.

The Webinar will be lead by distinguished panelists including:
• Paul Meade, M.Sc., MPH – President, Thought Leader Select, LLC
• Alex Condoleon, MBBS, MBA – Senior Medical Director, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
• Luisa Luciani, PhD – Medical Science Liaison, Genzyme Pharmaceuticals

Topics to be covered include:
• KOL Engagement

For MSLs:
• Which MSL competencies are most important to success in the eyes of MSL managers?
• How effectively are MSLs delivering against them?
• What should MSLs ask of their managers to boost individual performance and to get to the next level?

For MSL Managers:
• How engaged are MSLs today and what’s driving any disengagement?
• How effective are MSL managers at managing people ... read more »

Castle Published in PM360 on Groundbreaking MSL Salary Report

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

In January 2015, the Medical Science Liaison Society released a first-of-its-kind global salary and compensation report which included feedback from more than 1,350 MSLs, MSL Managers, medical affairs executives from 65 countries. PM360, the premier publication for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries called upon Thought Leader Select’s Director of Global Marketing and Client Relations, Brian Castle, to summarize the findings of this pioneering study:

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Smithwick Authors Article for Physicians Practice Magazine

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

To assist healthcare professionals dealing with challenges surrounding the Sunshine Act, Physicians Practice magazine turned to Thought Leader Select Vice President, Kristen Smithwick, for counsel. Smithwick compiled step-by-step recommendations on navigating the new regulations to enable the continued collaboration between physicians and industry:

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Landmark Global Salary Report Released by Thought Leader Select Partner, Medical Science Liaison Society

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Survey Includes Over 1,350 MSLs, MSL Managers, Medical Affairs Executives from 65 Countries

The Medical Science Liaison Society (MSL Society), the world’s first and only non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the medical science liaison (MSL) role in the pharmaceutical and other healthcare industries, announces the release of its first annual global salary and compensation report for the MSL profession.

The MSL Salary and Compensation Report was supported by society partner, Thought Leader Select, a US-based firm that works with commercial and medical affairs teams in life sciences companies to optimize their relationships and collaborations with key opinion leaders (KOLs) in medicine. The MSL Society surveyed more than 1,350 MSLs, MSL managers and Medical Affairs executives from 65 countries.

Among other findings, the average starting salary of an MSL in the U.S. is $121,712, while the average salary of an MSL with over fifteen years of experience in the U.S. is $168,429.

The full findings are complied using an infographic-style report of more than 250 pages of data representing six distinct regions: the United States, North America, South America, Europe, Africa/Middle East, and Asia/Pacific. The report includes detailed breakdowns across salary ranges, salary by degree type (MD, PhD, PharmD), salary by role (MSL, Senior MSL), salary by years of experience, and salary by company type (large pharma, small pharma, startup biotech).

“We ... read more »

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