Sr. Director, Drug Safety (MD)

Location
San Francisco, CA, United States
Posted
Oct 01, 2020
Ref
5231-512-R
Hotbed
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Director, Drug Safety to join their team.

Overall responsibility for leading the Drug Safety Team and directing the safety surveillance of all company investigational drug products in development and for managing patient safety and meeting regulatory reporting requirements.. Actively participates in the oversight of patient safety in all on-going clinical trials. Directs and conducts ongoing safety surveillance of company drug products. Analyses changing risk/benefit profile of company drugs in clinical trials to identify potential safety signals and implements appropriate safety updates and risk mitigation plans. Manages compliance with SOPs and FDA and global regulations for the reporting of adverse events to regulatory authorities. Serves as medical safety expert for all products in various stages of development. Lead role to help respond to and resolve safety questions from regulatory authorities, as well as regulatory agency audits and corrective action plans. Manages internal staff and external resources to ensure delivery of quality pharmacovigilance servicses. Directs the development and preparation of reports for company management, as well as for external regulatory agencies. Directs the development and preparation of periodic and annual safety reports , investigator communications,product labeling/package inserts and other reports as necessary. Provides strategic planning, implementation, and management of drug safey operations to support clinical development of company products. Provides medical expert safety review input into all critical documents for clinical development of products. Helps select, develop,train, and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the drug safety function. This job contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.

Consistently works on abstract problems across functional areas of clinical development and medical affairs. Identifies and evaluates fundamental issues, providing strategy and direction for major functional areas involved with clinical development of pharmaceutical/biotech products. Interacts internally and externally with executive level management requiring negotiation of extremely difficult matters to influence policymaking bodies. Leads and directs the Drug Safety Team and all aspects of drug safety related to all company sponsored clinical development activities to manage patient safety and compliance with regulatory reporting requirements. Actively participates in oversight of patient safety in all on-going clinical trials. Directs and conducts ongoing safety surveillance of company drug products. Manages internal staff and external resources to ensure delivery of quality pharmacovigilance services. Negotiates contracts, interacts and supervises the activities of contract organizations and consultants for pharmacovigilance services. Provides ongoing advice to senior management on the changing risk-benefit profile of company drug products in clinical trials, based on analyses/evaluation of potential safety signals and implements appropriate safety updates and risk mitigation plans. Provides oversight of all clinical safety services including review of medical coding of adverse event data and management of SAEs through the entire lifecycle including preparation of similar-event analyses for unexpected and related serious adverse events (SAEs) from clinical trials. Manages compliance with SOPs, and FDA and global regulations for the reporting of adverse events to regulatory agencies, IRB/Ethics committees and Investigators. Serves as the medical safety expert for all products at all stages of clinical development (Phase 1, 2 and 3 and post-approval). Plays lead role to help respond to and resolve safety questions from regulatory authorities, as well as regulatory agency audits and corrective action plans. Supports drug safety function and effectively interfaces with all relevant cross functional departments and personnel to ensure safety training and compliance, and readiness level to pass internal/external audits. Directs the development and preparation of reports for company management, as well as for external regulatory agencies. Directs the development, preparation and compliance of periodic and annual safety reports (eg. US IND annual progress reports, EU annual safety reports, periodic line listings, NDA safety updates, etc.), investigator communications, product labeling/package inserts and other reports as necessary. Provides strategic planning, implementation, and management of drug safey operations to support clinical development of company products. Participates with other senior managers to establish strategic plans for the clinical development plan of investigational products. Provides medical expert safety review input into all critical documents for clinical development of products (eg. protocols and amendments, ICFs, IBs, IMPDs, clinical research reports, , INDs, CTAs, etc). Establishes and manages independent Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs) for clinical studies, if required. Performs research on safety profiles of competitor products within therapeutic areas of interest to help develop effective competitive strategies, for clinical development of company drug products. Helps recruit and select personnel, and provides training, development, coaching and regular performance review feedback to direct reports. Participates in corporate development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people. Ensures departmental budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements.

An MD degree is required. A minimum of 9 years of relevant drug safety experience is required. A minimum of 7 years previous management experience may be required. An in-depth knowledge and thorough understanding of FDA, EU, and global regulations, ICH guidelines, and GCPs that govern drug safety and pharmacovigilance are required. Experience with safety databases, and expertise in clinical safety assessments, safety signal detection and risk management, including interactions with regulatory authorities are required. Must be able to demonstrate extensive experience in the design of clinical studies and have a strong working knowledge of safety reviews for input into critical documents for drug development. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Must have a demonstrated ability to solve problems with innovative solutions along with strong organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Previous experience working with senior management is required. Experience in conducting formal presentations to Sr. Management and key opinion leaders is required. Ability to research and understand the safety profiles of competitor products within therapeutic areas of interest to help develop effective competitive strategies, as well as an in-depth understanding of clinical product development in the pharmaceutical industry. Strong analytical skills, especially with regard to understanding and interpreting scientific research and literature are essential. Knowledge of GMP and GLP is preferred. Must be a demonstrated self-starter and team player with strong interpersonal skills. Must have strong computer skills with a proficiency in various software applications (eg. Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint).

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.