Director, Preclinical Development

Our client is a pharmaceutical company. They have asked us to assist them in a search for a Director, Preclinical Development.  

Major tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Oversees the management of translational medicine deliverables with focus on preclinical research and development in the Rare Disease pipeline.
  • Participates in identification of new opportunities within Rare Disease, with a focus on neurology, and in diligence activities in consideration of new opportunities.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in preclinical genetic disease and genetic medicine approaches, which may include RNA-based interventions such as antisense.
  • Plans experimental programs.
  • Provides oversight on scientific management of preclinical pharmacology, safety, and PK/PD studies supporting early drug development.
  • Manages vendors and consultants to complete nonclinical studies for the various programs.
  • Provides cross-functional study management support for preclinical programs.
  • Helps support preparation of reports and regulatory documents.
  • Defines nonclinical study plans and develops overall project timelines and associated budgets.
  • Works across functional areas on projects to move project activities forward.
  • Communicates project status and issues and ensures project team goals and regulatory deliverables are met.
  • Proactively anticipates obstacles and devises and implements solutions to achieve project goals through management of relevant team members.
  • Provides guidance to team members to objectively assess and resolve project issues to improve project effectiveness.
We seek candidates with the following qualifications:
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline is required.
  • Requires a minimum 10 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience in pre-clinical research and development.
  • Must have experience and deep scientific understanding of neurological genetic disorders and genetic medicine based therapeutic approaches.
  • Prior working experience in antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) is required.
  • Must have an advanced understanding of the drug development process and standards of pharmaceutical project management.
  • Experience in translational medicine activities with an emphasis on preclinical pharmacology, safety, and PK/PD is required.
  • Must be knowledgeable in the tools and procedures of experimentation. Through a complete understanding of the tools and design methods, must be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each, in terms of applicability to the research at hand.
  • Experience managing cross-functional project teams and working in a semi-virtual environment including CROs and academic collaboration is required.
  • Must be skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization.
If interested, please apply directly to this job posting. No calls please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.

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