A medical science liaison (MSL) is a professional who serves as a bridge between the pharmaceutical, medical device, or biotechnology industry and the medical community, including healthcare professionals (HCPs), researchers, and key opinion leaders (KOLs). The primary role of a medical science liaison is to establish and maintain strong relationships with healthcare professionals and healthcare decision-makers in various phases of product development, providing them with accurate and up-to-date scientific and medical information about a company’s products.
Medical science liaisons generally focus on specific therapeutic areas or disease states such as:
- Women’s health
- Rare disease
Like most individuals who work in medical affairs, medical science liaisons often have advanced degrees like MDs, PhDs, and PharmDs. The role requires a strong background in a relevant scientific or medical field, excellent communication and relationship-building skills, and a deep understanding of the products and therapeutic areas they represent.