Job of the future

Medical sciences liaison officer

December 12, 2020
Duration: 02:38

The medical sciences liaison officer must establish and maintain relations with the experts or the opinion leaders of a specific medical sector and the key community stakeholders in order to present them with evidence and clinical studies on new products, therapies, procedures and technologies.

Main duties

1. Distribute information (evidence, clinical studies) concerning products among key stakeholders in the sector

2. Ensure integration of products, procedures or technologies in the course of care in Québec

3. Maintain and foster relationships with healthcare professionals and key stakeholders in the community

4. Ensure training and certification of professionals on the sales team and in the healthcare sector

5. Keep scientific and regulatory knowledge current

Academic training


Undergraduate studies

Bachelor of Biology

Bachelor of Biological sciences

Bachelor of Biochemistry

Bachelor of Biochemistry and molecular medicine

Bachelor of Biomedical sciences

Bachelor of Biopharmaceutical sciences

Bachelor of Microbiology and Immunology

Bachelor of Neurosciences

Bachelor of Cognitive neurosciences


Graduate studies ( Recommended)

Master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences 

Master’s degree in Drug Development  

Master’s degree in health technologies assessment 

Master’s degree in drug and population health 

Master’s in Biology

Master’s in Biological sciences

Master’s in Biomedical sciences

Master’s in Biochemistry

Master’s in Pathology and Cellular Biology

Master’s in Molecular Biology

Master’s in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Master’s in Microbiology and Immunology

Master’s in Neuroscience

Master’s in Pharmacology

Master’s in Advanced Pharmacotherapy

Master’s in a related field

Specialized graduate diploma in Drug development

Specialized graduate diploma in Health technology assessment

Short graduate program in Health technology assessment

Short graduate program (Master’s level) in pharmaceutical research, development and assessment 

Short graduate program (Master’s level) in Pathology and Cellular Biology


Postgraduate studies (Highly recommended)

Ph.D in pharmaceutical sciences

Ph.D. in Pharmacy (Pharm.D)

Ph.D. in Pharmacology

Ph.D. in Biology

Ph.D. in Biological sciences

Ph.D. in Biomedical sciences

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology

Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Pathology

Ph.D. in Biochemistry

Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology

Ph.D. in Virology and Immunology

Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.)

Ph.D. in a related field

Continuous training

Hiring sub-sectors

Innovative Pharmaceuticals
Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
Contract Research Organizations (CRO)
Medical Technologies
Health IT / AI
Natural Health Products

Profile of required skills



  • Demonstrate proficiency in the course of care
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the development cycle
  • Ensure scientific monitoring
  • Know the regulations
  • Take an interest in regulatory developments
  • Manage the client relationship
  • Manage the product
  • Develop and maintain a network
  • Manage a sales team
  • Bilingual
  • Manage priorities
  • Strategic analysis (SWOT, business models, etc.)
  • Understand market access and price-setting methods
  • Understand the health care system

Industry opportunities


Required profile

• Senior professional
• Exhaustive experience in the sector
• Network of contacts in health care institutions

Prospects – Findings

• Favourable prospects focusing on the public buyer and the aging population
• Emergence of a liaison officer profile for software solutions

Average salary