When I created the MSL Institute in 2004, I wanted to advocate for the MSLs who felt they had to choose between voicing their ethical concerns and keeping their jobs. I have learned that when you fight for what is right and stand up for what few dare to voice, all forces of the universe will conspire to help you lead and be successful and make a difference.

The MSL Institute is proof that every one of us can be an advocate for our deepest convictions. Don’t ever be afraid to stand up for what is right: we may never know the extent of the difference we can make in our field or in the world.

Jane Chin

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Jane Chin’s work in the medical science liaison field spans more than a decade. Her seminal articles and publications on field-medical programs and the MSL profession have propelled this once-hidden profession to the forefront of the life science industry.

In 2003, Dr. Chin first launched MSL Quarterly while working as an oncology MSL with a global pharmaceutical company, to support her MSL colleagues in the industry, as well as increase awareness of the MSL role.

In 2004, Dr. Chin established the MSL (Medical Science Liaison) Institute to continue her work on the compliance, metrics, and development of the MSL role, and the industry’s first MSL niche job board (MSLjobs.com) in 2005.

Dr. Chin has been recognized for her thought leadership, high degree of integrity, and authentic concern for the best interests of MSLs and the long-term sustainability of the MSL profession. She remains one of the most prolific author on the topic of medical science liaisons and MSL subject matter expertise, and has written close to 300 articles on the MSL role and the profession.

For her contribution to the support and evolution of the MSL Profession, Dr. Chin was nominated by PharmaVoice as one of Life Science Industry’s Most Inspiring 100 People in 2006.

Today, Dr. Chin works primarily behind-the-scenes with pharmaceutical executives and management teams. She provides leadership coaching and management strategy to MSL directors and executives. Dr. Chin also consults as a subject matter expert to service providers in the medical affairs industry.

Dr. Chin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from University of Buffalo at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She holds a Professional Certification in Competitive Intelligence from the Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence.


Certification for the Medical Science Liaison: An Idea Whose Time Has Come – or Not
Drug Information Association Journal November 2011 with Jimmy Black and Ken Massey

Do the Right Thing: A Masterclass in Working with MSLs
Pharmaceutical Representative May 2011

Tomorrow’s MSL: Generalist or Specialist? [Panel interview]
PharmaVoice October 2010

All MSLs Started with No MSL Experience: The Guide to Becoming a Medical Science Liaison
MSL Institute July 2009. Limited prints [18 books remaining] available.
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Medical science liaisons – A look to the future
Journal of Medical Marketing June 2008 [06/2008; 8(3):193-197]
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D., Peter Dumovic

Ensuring Medical Science Liaisons Stick to the Science
Off-Label Communications: A Guide to Sales & Marketing Compliance 2008
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D., Bruce Armon / Book Chapter

Measuring performance of field-medical programmes: Medical science liaison metrics consensus
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology June 2007 [06/2007; 13:177-182]
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

The Role of Pharma’s Field Based Professionals in Patient Compliance
Patient Compliance: Sweetening the Pill (Hardcover) 2006
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Relationship, Risk, and Reinvention: Lessons from Field-based Medical Programmes
Journal of the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians January 2006
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Marketing to Professionals: MSLs: Off-Label Promotion
Pharmaceutical Executive January 1, 2005
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Can We Bridge the Clinical-Sales Divide?
Pharmaceutical Representative May 2005
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Biotechnology’s special forces: Field-based medical science liaisons
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology February 2004 [02/2004; 10:312–318]
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Training newly hired industry-naive medical science liaisons
Drug Information Association (DIA) Forum July 2004
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D., Anselm D’Costa

Marketing to Professionals: MSLs: Show the Value
Pharmaceutical Executive December 1, 2004
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Canaries in the Coal Mine: MSLs in Competitive Intelligence
Pharmaceutical Executive May 1, 2004
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D., Ben Gilad, Ph.D.

Why liaisons lead to success in clinical trials.
Good Clinical Practice Journal January 2004
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Medical science liaison training beyond box of books (BOB)
Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT) Focus 2004
Authors: Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Dr. Jane Chin was invited to conduct a sold-out and standing room only STEM professional development workshop series for a global aerospace & defense company. The series focused on strategies for STEM professionals to grow their value, navigate internal stakeholder politics, and staying competitive in changing business cycles. Hire Jane to Train Your MSLs

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These days you can catch Jane Chin climbing walls, even though she has a fear of heights. Climbing is incredibly effective for uncluttering your mind, sharpening focus, and building team trust (especially when your colleague is holding the ropes you’re hanging on). If you want to create a Team Building climbing event, email Jane Chin for ideas or a workshop. Previous rock climbing experience not required!

Jane Chin curates and maintains the MSL Institute library. All past issues of MSL Quarterly and medical science liaison resources have been made available to the public and MSL professionals.


In addition to the MSL Institute library, Jane writes across diverse topics from business culture to marketing strategy to life science leadership to creative nonfiction. She was selected as one of Quora’s Top Writer for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and her book, Practical Leadership for Pharmaceutical Executives is available from Elsevier.

Jane Chin is creator and owner of LinkedIn’s popular Alternative PhD Careers, which offers quality discussion topics and deep level of engagement without typical blog or link spam. Want pragmatic solutions on how to pursue PhD careers outside of academia? The group offers real-world advice and employer-insights. Jane doesn’t just talk or coach alternative PhD career strategies she has done it. Group members are high achieving PhD professionals from all walks of life.