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Head, Research and Development

Pfenex Inc.

San Diego, CA
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Head R&D
Required Education:
Medical Doctor
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Analytical Chemistry, MD, Molecular Biology, PhD, Research, VP,

Job Description

Oversees the operation of a biopharmaceutical R&D organization consisting of Product/Clinical Development, Analytical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Fermentation, and Downstream Processing groups.  Plans and directs overall strategy and accountability for biopharmaceutical R&D and product development pipeline to support existing and future products for the company.  


Builds accountable organization that encompasses entire value chain from     Research through Clinical Development to support product programs and pipeline

Create strategies for competitive growth within the organization to allow for competing for the future

Successful development of biopharmaceutical products

Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines pertaining to biopharmaceutical product development

Hold R&D organization to highest standards to execute on program plans, with program ownership, and solution finding integrated into efforts

Oversee evaluation and selection of CROs and CMOs for biopharmaceutical clinical development, product development, scale-up, and manufacturing

Drive innovation of company’s technology platforms and implement IP strategies    

Manage and motivate employees for outstanding performance, productivity, and career growth

Prepare operating and capital expenditure budgets and forecasts including resource planning

Mentor and develop the next generation leadership within the R&D function

Represent the organization as a prime technical and/or operations contact


MUST have MD-PhD or MD with significant bench research experience

Management expertise in an entrepreneurial context

Must be comfortable in both scientific and clinical environments within product & program development


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