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MSL Institute was founded in 2004 to encourage the discussion of ethical and legal/compliance issues around MSL deployment: how companies can appropriately use the MSL role and reduce the risks of off-label promotional concerns.

MSL Institute’s mission was to increase awareness of the MSL profession and to win recognition for the MSL role as a sustainable, bona fide, and critical role for the future of the pharmaceutical industry.

For MSL Institutes’ founder Jane Chin, this mission was highly personal: she had seen first-hand the effects of inappropriate use of the MSL role on the MSL professionals’ perception of their job, company, and their industry as a whole.

Today, the MSL profession is no longer shrouded in mystery as it once was. The issues and challenges that were once only whispered about among MSLs themselves have since become “common sense” and openly discussed among members of the MSL community.

Now, it’s up to you, medical science liaisons, to take what has become “common sense” and create the foundational wisdom that will ensure that the Medical Science Liaison Role endures.

MSL Institute Website Over the Years

MSL Institute’s initiatives for the MSL community had included:

  • * MSL Metrics Survey
  • * MSL Recruiting Resources
  • * MSL Certification Readiness
  • * MSL Compliance e-Learning
  • * MSL Training and MSL Career Research
  • * MSL Job Satisfaction Research
  • * MSL Careers / Become a MSL Program
  • * MSL Quarterly Publication
  • * MSL Salary Surveys
  • * MSL Newsletters
  • * MSL Jobs Niche Job Board
  • * MSL Best Practices Leadership Insight
  • * MSL University Courses and Meetings
  • * MSL Topical LinkedIn Groups
  • * MSL Institute Support Teleconferences
  • * MSL Office Hours for Executives

MSLs and their managers have looked to MSL Institute founder Jane Chin as the one who has consistently put first the best interests of the MSL profession.

“A lot of people today complain about their jobs. A few are doing something about it. Jane Chin founded the MSL Institute with the goal of safeguarding and enhancing the medical science liaison profession. This position has great value to drug companies, physicians, and our society. It calls for the highest standards of competency and ethical behavior.

Prior to Jane’s efforts, the position known as Medical Science Liaison was ill-defined and many believe on a path to extinction. Concerned with this drift, Jane left her job as an MSL to start the MSL Institute which has set a variety of standards for the field and a set of accomplishments too numerous to list. There are newsletters, forums for exchange, training programs, and a job posting board, to name only a few of the many resources that did not exist prior to Jane’s efforts.

I hope you will consider her for your inspiring drivers in the life-sciences industry. She is making a difference.” 2006 PharmaVoice Nomination of Jane Chin’s work by a senior medical science liaison.