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Lilly Associate VP – Global Regulatory Policy (Genetic Medicine, Rare Diseases, Expedited Pathways), GRA in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Organization Overview:

Global Regulatory Policy strives to enable Lilly to deliver innovative regulatory results by identifying policy hurdles and emerging trends, developing advocacy plans built upon science-based positions, engaging broad partner networks, and ultimately effecting change in regulatory policies that advance patient outcomes, reduce regulatory risk, and improve efficiency in drug development. The purpose of the Associate Vice President – Global Regulatory Policy (Genetic Medicine, Rare Diseases and Expedited Pathways) role is to elicit, develop, and progress Lilly’s cell and gene therapy (CGT) regulatory policy positions and related advocacy strategies to enable innovation and ultimately improve outcomes for patients. You will also manage Lilly’s regulatory policy and advocacy with respect to treatments for rare diseases, new modalities, and expedited approval pathways. In this role, you will represent Lilly in external consortia and policy-related forums and rely on a strong pre-existing network of external collaborators.


  • Develop strategies and regulatory policy positions for highly visible projects that have significant business impact on the company, including those for: CGT, rare diseases, new modalities, and expedited approval pathways

  • Gain consensus on Lilly’s priority global regulatory topics consistent with GRA’s overall regulatory policy vision, which will center around topics that encourage innovation in drug development and regulatory review of CGT medicines, rare diseases, new modalities, and expedited approval pathways

  • Critically review and analyze regulatory and legislative proposals and identify possible policy, political, and financial impact to Lilly in cooperation with cross-functional partners

  • Articulate regulatory policy challenges, problem statements and desired future states

  • Identify and develop data and evidence to support company positions, working in collaboration with cross-functional colleagues

  • Bring in or represent external viewpoints as company positions are developed

  • Cultivate relationships and collaborate with internal subject matter authorities, including Prevail, Akouos, and other Lilly Genetic Medicine colleagues and regulatory team members, among others, to create evidence and science-based policy positions

  • Build and implement tactical policy plan

  • Impact GRA and across Lilly

Exert External Influence

  • Create and foster strategic relationships with key regulators and other external players to identify and anticipate opportunities for growth

  • Anticipate changes in the external environment and develops action plans

  • Engage on behalf of Lilly in health policy-related forums

  • Triage opportunities to engage externally so that the appropriate company experts can contribute

  • Attend and present at key industry conferences to showcase Lilly policy positions.

  • Build upon existing relationships and maintain strong collaborations with external patient/professional groups, think-tanks, academic groups, policy organizations and associations

  • Impact patient outcomes through collaboration across partner groups

Effectively lead, engage and partner

  • Exemplify Team Lilly behaviors: Include, Innovate, Accelerate, Deliver in internal and external interactions

  • Model the innovation and leadership behaviors and regulatory excellence attributes as described in Global Regulatory Affairs white papers

  • Engage in forums that share regulatory information across GRA components and other Lilly teams and business partners

  • Create and lead in an environment that encourages open discussions on issues to achieve a robust outcome on business decisions

  • Make significant decisions guided by industry norms and business strategy

  • Influence senior leadership, regulators, and/or external partners on business and technical decisions that have a critical impact on business direction

  • Influence innovative thinking across multiple functions, geographies, and/or external organizations

  • Direct the resolution of highly complex business problems with significant impact, using advanced critical thinking

Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree or Doctorate in relevant policy, public health, regulatory, clinical, legal, business, research, or related field with 5-7 years regulatory/policy/advocacy equivalent experience

  • OR, Bachelor’s degree with 10 years regulatory/policy/advocacy equivalent experience

  • Recognized expertise as an external thought leader in CGT regulatory policy

Additional Skills and Preferences:

  • Established external network in CGT regulatory policy environment

  • Experience engaging in external consortia and passionate about crafting policy issues

  • Recognized experience in leading/implementing public policy or regulatory policy campaigns

  • Previous experience shaping regulatory policy issues related to CGT development, rare diseases, new modalities, and expedited approval pathways

  • Prior work with organizations such as FDA, BIO, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, and PhRMA

  • Proficient in researching and writing briefings, positions, and high-level communications for executive staffing

  • Ability to influence without authority, demonstrate resourcefulness, and operate independently

Additional Information:

  • Travel up to 20%

  • Position reports to Vice President, Global Regulatory Policy and Strategy with dotted line reporting relationship to Sr. Vice President-Neurodegeneration Research & Co-Director of Lilly Institute for Genetic Medicines

  • Position Location – Indianapolis, IN, Washington DC or Remote

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