Director/ Executive Director, Biostatistics - Durham, NC | Biospace
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Director/ Executive Director, Biostatistics

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Durham, NC
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Position Type:
Full time
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Areas of Expertise Desired:
Biostatistics, Director,

Job Description

As head of Biostatistics within BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, this individual is responsible for the planning and delivery of all statistical activities required to support the highest quality design, conduct and analysis of BioCryst-sponsored studies. Having both technical and vendor management responsibilities, this role is responsible for the appropriate use of statistical thinking and methods, and conformance to principles of GCP, as applicable to biostatistics and clinical data management. S/he is also responsible for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of new processes and technologies that align Biostatistics responsibilities with the goals of the Clinical Development organization.  Performance in this role relies on an extensive experience base in study design, regulatory strategy and programming, sound judgment to plan and accomplish goals, and an ability to lead and direct the work of others. A wide scope of creativity and latitude is expected.  

•   Ensures the relevance and adequacy of statistical methods employed in all BioCryst-sponsored clinical development activities and selected nonclinical studies.

•   Ensures clinical data processing conformance to relevant regulatory guidelines and Good Clinical Practice.

•   Effectively contributes to the formulation of clinical development strategies as regards optimal development program and study design.

•   Selection, direction, and supervision/management of CRO/ contract staff for performance of outsourced operational activities.

•   Utilizes statistical software (SAS, PASS) for internal ad hoc requests for data analysis, samples sizes, etc.

•   Participation in clinical development/product management teams in support of organizational objectives.

•   Participation in FDA and other regulatory agency meetings as the Company’s spokesperson for biostatistical topics

•   Thinks outside of the regulatory biostatistics box (e.g. maximum learning from phase 2 experiments regardless of pre-specified SAP, experience in Phase 3b/4 design and analysis to maximize a product’s life cycle).

•   Participation in organization-wide process definition, creation, and implementation with a continuous focus on efficiency and productivity enhancement.

•   Definition, monitoring, and evaluation of relevant performance metrics.

•   Author/ reviewer of relevant sections of all critical documents required to support development of Company’s products including clinical study protocols, statistical analysis plans, data management plans, regulatory briefing documents, regulatory dossiers such as NDAs and MAAs, responses to regulatory questions, scientific abstracts and manuscripts.

•   Responsible and accountable for accuracy of all data included in public corporate communications of BioCryst clinical trial results, including press releases, slide presentations, SEC filings, scientific meeting abstracts, and published manuscripts. Responsible for monitoring of quality audit process for those communications.

•   Ability to communicate technical concepts to technical or regulatory audiences, and to broader audiences in a nontechnical manner without loss of rigor.  


Minimal Requirements:
•   Ph.D. in Biostatistics (or related field) with at least 12 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, 10 or more years experience in the design, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials. Incumbent must also have deep and recent SAS programming experience to support these activities.

•   NDA filing experience: key contributor to one or more successful product approvals

•   Proven expertise with the disciplines, practices and procedures that pertain to biostatistics and clinical data management, including development and accountability for relevant quality management systems.  

•   Demonstrated knowledge of the clinical development process and of relevant regulatory guidelines and requirements

•   Experience with Data management committees and\or study steering committees.  

•   Leadership skills both functional and cross functional

•   Takes a hands on approach (e.g. will do analyses him/herself when necessary)

•   Excellent written and verbal communication skills

•   Proven team player with ability to work well in a collegial environment: willing to challenge the status quo

Ideal Experience/Skills:
•   Experience with European and Japanese regulatory agencies

•   Formal expertise and experience in Bayesian statistics as well as frequentist statistics

•   Post-marketing safety surveillance, including case-control studies, cohort studies, database analyses, propensity scores, and risk modeling.  

•   Flexible scheduling and ability to travel internationally

•   Small company attitude, embraces change within a high risk environment

•   Responsiveness and ability to prioritize effectively

BioCryst is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veterans status, disability and/or other protected class characteristics. Additionally, BioCryst is committed to achieving its business objectives in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.