Close Close Preview

Your amazing online presence is right this way.

Create your profile
Capture who you are, what you do, and where you're going. All in one place.

Melinda Ruff

Melinda Ruff

Thought Leader Liaison, Neurodegerative Fiseases and Rheumatology

EMD Serono

Valdosta, GA


EMD Serono

Thought Leader Liaison, Neurology

Primary focus includes strategic management of key stake holders who specialize in the Multiple Sclerosis marketplace. The southeast region consists of Fl., Ga., Al., MS., and SC, and the TLL works closely with the Area Business Director of 9-10 Key Account Managers. The TLL is responsible for:
- implementing programs, projects and regional initiatives in line with the brand strategy and sales goals.
- collaborates with sales, marketing, medical science and senior leadership to achieve quarterly goals of the sales team.
- a product, market and customer expert, and analyzes internal/external influences within the region to support sales ability to drive unit demand.
- provides regular feedback to cross functional teams to gain support and collaboration of regional activities.
- coordinate customer interactions at national and international congress meetings and internal ad boards.
- lead professional education dinner programs with key customers.
- travel required- 80 % field based, 10% home office, 10% internal meetings

Personal strengths on the team include:
- clear understanding of brand strategy and ability to tailor to regional needs.
- creative, out of the box thinker, participate in brain storming sessions with marketing and OPAC team.
- easily build relationships with key customers and office personnel.
- ongoing personal training to provide clinical education to KAMs and ABD.
- consistent in providing collaborative and individual contributions to the region and to the TLL team.
- recognized as a key contributor on TLL team by management.
- In management development.

Career medium 05
Career medium 01

EMD Serono

Field Marketing Manager

The Field Marketing Manager reported to the Brand Marketing Team, providing regional projects within a specific region, working with 3 sales regions. The Southeast marketing coverage area included FL.,GA., AL.,TN.,KY., SC, NC., WV., VA., MD.,PA. and Washington, DC. The Field Marketer:
- developed pilot programs, identified key customers for regional ad boards, pulled through JRC materials and reviewed new marketing initiatives with customers.
- Participated in brand strategy development, and worked with external vendors in the creation of materials for the Southeast region.
- Supported field sales team with training and optimal roll out of materials. Also selected speakers and trained for commercial programming.
- Acted as the regional compliance liaison to assist sales team in clear understanding of legal and regulatory requirements with customer interactions.
- coordinate Congress Meetings.
- travel required- 50 % in field, 20 % at home office, Rockland, Mass. , 10% in NYC with vendors, 20% home based

This position consisted of 4 Field based Marketers, nationally. The Strategic Account Team was a specialized sales unit consisting of 20 field based members. Due to a company reorganization, the field marketing and strategic account team responsibilities merged into a new function. I was 1of 2 Field Marketers promoted based on individual successes with regional projects, understanding of brand strategy and product knowledge. The original team consisted of 20 TLLs and currently at 11 and aligned to match the sales regions.


EMD Serono

Key Account Manager

Responsible for managing a sales territory of key accounts in Neurology, specializing in the Multiple Sclerosis market. The KAM works closely with the nursing, reimbursement and marketing team to ensure patient acquisition and retention in a highly competitive market. Programming, collaboration with non profit organizations and industry conferences are secondary responsibilities, but critical for success in sales position. Additionally, served as the Area Field Trainer for 2 years, and promoted to Field Marketing in 2011.

- Area Field Trainer 2009- 2011
- Disease Modifying Drug leader in territory 2007- 2010.
- interferon Leader 2005-2010.
- President's Club Award winner- ranked # 1 out of 112 in National ranking.
- maintained in top 1/3 of sales team, nationally recognized for leadership in drug class and disease state. Over 30% of customers were Rebif loyalist in The North Fl., South Ga. market.

Career medium 05
Career medium 03


Senior Sales Consultant, Neurology and Oncology

Responsible for sales in North Florida territory, focusing on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease and Epilepsy products. Also acted as an area field trainer and mentor for new employees. Briefly sold in Oncology market as a result of a Neurology downsizing. Due to sales success and clinical background in Oncology, was promoted to sakes division in Atlanta, Ga. Responsible for sales in North Ga. and the Atlanta market. Participated in Oncology congress meetings, and the launch of 2 products. Returned to Neurology in 2004 due to professional developmental opportunity. Left position to pursue role at EMD Serono.
- 2004 returned to Neurology sales due to developmental progress and position
- 2003 promoted to Oncology due to downsizing in Neurology. Launched Femara for Breast Cancer, Gleevec for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
- 2003 Management Development program
- area Mentor 2002-2003
- President's Club Award winner, 2003. Ranked 7 out of 136
- MVP award winner 2003. Eligibility included national ranking, leadership and product knowledge
- MVP award winner 2001- eligibility included national ranking, launch leadership of Exelon, product knowledge


Valdosta Psychiatric Assoc.

Psychotherapist, private practice

Primary therapist for large psychiatric firm, specialized in Neurodegerative diseases and chronic illness. Worked with adults and children with psychological disruptions due to medical crisis, chronic conditions and neurological disorders. Exclusive therapist contracted with the Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide counseling to Oncology patients and families. Created community based support programs and EAP services for local businesses. Conducted in services and lectures on mental disease education, emotional impact of chronic illnesses and mood disturbances with neurological conditions. Worked closely with insurance companies for reimbursement of clinical intervention. Maintained CME and ongoing education requirements.

Career medium 03
Career medium 05

Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center

Oncology Clinical Social Worker, Director of Therapeutic Services

Head of Counseling Services for patients and families coping with all types of cancer. Services included direct patient care, development and implementation of support groups, development of patient educational programs, collaborate with non profit agencies to provide direct services, and worked closely with pharmaceutical industry to provide supportive programs, education and product information. Department consisted of 3 employees and also provided internships to local college students. While acting as head of counseling program, I implemented a multi disciplinary team modeled after MD Anderson's standard of care. The MDT was comprised of MDs, NPs, Nurses, pharmacists, RDs, OCSW, chaplain and hospital support staff to evaluate the holistic needs of patient once treatment plan established by Tumor Board.


Florida State University

Masters of Science, Clinical Social Work

Specialized in Oncology and adult Neurodegenerative Diseases
Specialization internship with MD Anderson Cancer Research
Participated in clinical trial evaluations for Quality of Life assessments with Oncology patients

Education medium 04

Valdosta State University

Bachelor's of Science, Secondary Education