Senior Medical Science Liaison, Genentech

Nov 17, 2022
Senior Medical Science Liaison, Genentech

An alum of the 2013 SMDP Biotech Scholar cohort, Richard Carter, PhD, is the Senior Medical Science Liaison within the US Medical Affairs organization at Genentech. Richard provides clinical and health economic information related to his company's Oncology portfolio. To accomplish this, he engages with healthcare providers, population health decision makers, and clinical investigators to discuss their company goals and strategy around clinical trials and drug development strategy.

What is the highest degree you have earned and what can you tell us about your academic path?

I earned my PhD in Molecular Genetics from Emory University. Prior to graduate school I achieved my BS in Biology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Where do you work now and what is your company about?

I currently work at Genentech-Roche, which is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. My company develops cutting edge therapeutics and diagnostics across numerous therapeutic areas. Our area of highest growth and investment is Oncology and Neuroimmunology. 

How did you first learn about the company?

I first learned of Genentech from a colleague in graduate school who returned to campus to do a career talk to upcoming graduates. I was intrigued by the company's roots as a small biotech and culture of scientific innovation. 

What do you like most about the company?

I love the culture at Genentech-Roche as we position ourselves as a leader in science and innovation. Genentech is known to have a people and patient centric way of conducting business where new ideas are welcomed from all levels of the organization.

What skills make you successful in your role and why did you choose this role?

To be successful as an MSL I rely on a deep knowledge of drug development and clinical science to communicate as a peer with disease experts and physicians across the world. I also leverage a bit of charm and the ability to translate complex information through skillful communication. I do a lot of public speaking in my role.

How do you define success?

Improving the healthcare outcomes of patients that live and are treated in my community. If I can provide influential clinical information, increase clinical trial access, or help bring awareness to unmet medical needs that will ultimately impact how a patient is treated, then feel that I have successfully fulfilled my role.

What's the most fulfilling aspect of your job?

Advocating on behalf of healthcare professionals and patient advocacy groups to represent their interest at Genentech is extremely fulfilling. It's why I love this job.

What advice do you have for students and job seekers?

Look within to understand what drives you personally and seek out roles that align with your passions. The biopharma industry is vast and there are many distinct functions that are looking for talented and passionate individuals to bring their uniqueness and authenticity to the role. Especially people from diverse backgrounds that bring new and fresh perspectives.

What book did you read last?

I recently read “A Lucky Life Interrupted” by Tom Brokaw, which is a memoir written by Tom to capture his patient journey as a multiple myeloma patient.