David Best, MD, MBA
Medical Science Liaison Panel, Communication Workshop
Job Title: Co-Founder & Managing Director
Current Employer: BESTMSLs
M.B.A. Baruch College- Zicklin School of Business, New York, NY (1988)
M.D. Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (1979)
A.B. in Pre-Healing Arts, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (1975)
Communication Workshop description: “The Sticky Message”
In a world where no one has an attention span for more than a minute or two, the Sticky Message Workshop will give you the six principles that will make you and what you say memorable. This workshop will not only help you become a better communicator to your colleagues, friends and family... but will let you "wow" anyone at a job interview.
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, David went on to F&M, Temple, Lenox Hill for surgery, Pitt for ENT, and Baruch.
He entered the world of pharmaceuticals in 1982 with Klemtner Advertising, a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, where he served as a Medical Director and Senior Vice President Account Supervisor. Subsequently, he became the Medical Services Director for Bristol-Myers Squibb and on July 10, 1989, started the first scientifically credentialed Medical Science Liaison group in the industry
David founded and served as President of BESTMED, the medical education division of Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare, from 1995–2005. He has put together teams of MSLs for clients including Sanofi, Amgen, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Allergan. He has hired, trained and managed hundreds of MSLs over the years.
David, an Olympic enthusiast, has attended 16 Olympics and recently has been elected to the National Governing Board to the United States Olympic Committee-Bobsled & Skeleton.
David was named “Man of the Year” in 2011 by the Cancer Foundation of America and currently serves on the board of Bideawee, an animal rescue foundation.
You may recognize David, as he was on the CBS hit reality series Greatest American Dog with his Jack Russell, Elvis.
Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:
The Ability to Be Innovative
The Ability to Take Action
What I love most about my job:
I didn't want a job I could tell you what I'd be doing on a Thursday afternoon 30 years from now. In my current role, every day is different, you never know what you are facing. Walking from home with your dog to the NY office ain’t bad either!