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Information Specialist (Hong Kong)
Health Advances | weston, Massachusetts
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Job Description

Key Responsibilities

* Work closely with project and business development teams, assisting with data and literature research
* Respond to requests by creatively surveying both Health Advances' internal holdings as well as external resources such as government databases, including specialized databases and search tools and the Internet
* Using in-depth knowledge of industry sources, proactively advise project teams of resources that may be helpful to complete specific projects
* Provide ongoing support for business development activities, including target identification and proposal development

* On an ongoing basis, identify, evaluate, and document external resources for use by project and business development teams, focusing on key areas of healthcare in countries in Asia, particularly China, Japan, and Korea
* Identify opportunities to develop and implement new knowledge products and services for the Hong Kong team
* Support information, data, and resource discovery by describing and tagging both internal and external content
* Work with HA Knowledge Services in Weston as part of a seamless team to address the spectrum of information and knowledge needs of Health Advances staff
* Perform other duties as required, including dissemination of current awareness materials and training


* A minimum of 2 years of experience in the healthcare industry, preferably corporate information services, marketing, business development, or knowledge management; the ideal candidate will have a total of 5+ years of work experience
* Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking English plus either Mandarin, Korean, and/or Japanese is required. Mandarin is preferred.
* Experience conducting research and analysis in medical/clinical, technical/scientific and/or business areas
* Experience with a variety of healthcare resources in both native Asian languages and in English
* Experience evaluating information resources and vendors
* Experience constructing creative and effective search strategies for the Internet and for private databases
* Undergraduate degree in healthcare-related field a plus (e.g., biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering)
* Self-motivated, creative, and proactive, with the ability to see the big picture as well as the supporting details
* Excellent communication (both oral and written), time management, organization, and teamwork skills
* Attention to detail with the ability to multitask
* Ability to work as a solo practitioner, and also to team with geographically dispersed colleagues

Key Relationships

* Reports to Chief Knowledge Officer, with dotted line to Hong Kong office head
* Works closely with Hong Kong consulting and office staff, HA Library Services team, and Chief Knowledge Officer
* Interacts regularly with project teams, business development teams, and all levels of consulting and functional staff


* This is a full-time position
* Must be on site (i.e., not working remotely)

About Health Advances

Health Advances was founded in 1992 by Mark Speers and Paula Ness Speers. Leveraging their experience at Bain & Company, where Mark was a Partner in the Healthcare Practice and Paula led the R&D Practice, these founding partners set out to provide early-stage companies with high quality advisory resources and deep industry insight. Skip Irving joined in 1997, contributing industry experience and many years of experience leading Arthur D. Little's worldwide Healthcare Consulting Practice focusing on strategic planning and portfolio analysis for pharmaceutical companies. His knowledge of venture investing and biotech company formation added depth and breadth to the Health Advances leadership team. In 2006, Health Advances was pleased to promote Marie Schiller to Partner, recognizing her impressive tenure advising our clients and her previous industry experience at ArQule, Inc. and GelSciences, Inc. Our teams and clients benefit from her pragmatic approach to translating technical insights into a business framework. Also in 2006, Bill McPhee joined Health Advances as a Director. With experience as the Founder and Managing General Partner of Mi3 Ventures and an extensive consulting career, Bill adds transaction experience and expertise to our team. Bill now leads our newest venture, providing clients with outsourced business development services. Vice Presidents Susan Posner, Christof Marr?, and Kristin Ciriello Pothier round out a solid management team by offering industry experience and practical business solutions for our clients. Each specializes in a segment of the industry, respectively, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, and Diagnostics.

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