Maaike Addicks was trained in The Netherlands as a physician. After several years of working in the psychiatric field, she moved to Australia and started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Advisor with Organon. During those five years, she gained experience in KOL management, Advisory Board Meetings, CME, compliance, studies and training. She worked on products in different lifecycle stages, from preparing and launching an innovative new medication to being responsible for more established products.
Maaike then moved to Organon’s headquarters in The Netherlands to become the Associate Director Medical Services Gynaecology, Europe. In this more strategic role, she was not only responsible for a portfolio of contraceptives in Europe, but also part of the global strategic teams.
Following this international role, Maaike returned to the local affiliate level as Medical Director for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, where she was fully accountable for responsibilities and tasks of the Medical Department, and thus gained insight into the bigger picture of Medical Affairs and of a pharmaceutical company as a whole.
In 2010, Maaike joined Abbott (now AbbVie) where she managed and developed a diverse team of Medical Managers, Medical Advisors and MSLs. Her responsibilities included the development and successful rollout of the Affiliate Medical and Clinical Plan, budget control, the development and training of her team, and streamlining and clarification of the Medical Affairs roles and responsibilities.
Since 2017 Maaike works as an independent Medical Affairs Consultant with expertise in Strategic Medical Affairs Development, Change Management and Medical Affairs competency development. In this capacity, she has worked and continues to work with a large number of Medical Affairs professionals from different companies and countries, which has increased her understanding of critical and current issues in Medical Affairs.
Maaike joined CELforPharma’s expert faculty in 2017 and since then she delivers the Business Acumen for MSLs course. Since 2022 she also delivers the Strategic KOL Planning & Engagement course.