Director/Senior Director, External Innovation, Hem/Onc

Cambridge, MA, United States
Jan 12, 2021
Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Director/Senior Director, External Innovation, Hem/Onc

Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

As Director/Sr. Director External Innovation, Oncology you will play a leadership role in Ipsen's External Innovation group, spearheading efforts to identify, evaluate, and secure external opportunities (pre-clinical and clinical stage as well as marketed therapeutic assets). It will be expected that these efforts will provide direct and visible benefit to IPSEN's pipeline both the near-, mid-, and long-term. The Director/Senior Director is responsible for identification and scientific assessment of external opportunities in the US, consistent with IPSEN's strategy as well as refining/refreshing IPSEN's Oncology strategy. You will have a critical role in ensuring that Ipsen is considered a partner of choice for external innovation, working alongside peers in Oncology, Neuroscience and/or Rare Disease in the US and Europe. There will be the opportunity to put early-stage companies into IPSEN's own incubator in Cambridge, MA, as well as accessing funds for investment from IPSEN's venture fund.

Your role:


  • Identify, prioritize, and lead scientific assessment of external Oncology opportunities
  • Champion potential opportunities to governance committees and Executive management
  • Cultivate and expand existing networks in the US - biotech, pharma, venture, research institutes and academic communities
  • Serve as representative of Ipsen to biotech, venture, and academic communities
  • Drive awareness of IPSEN and position IPSEN as partner of choice
  • Work with IPSEN innovation network (VCs, etc.) to enhance high quality deal flow for IPSEN
  • Collaborate with Ipsen leadership to help refine / refresh Therapeutic Area strategy and drive development of Ipsen External Innovation strategy
  • Share best practices with other members of the Ipsen External Innovation community and build a solid partnership with them and the rest of IPSEN
  • Achieve all the above activities within the framework of the Group Values, Mission and Goals and in compliance with policies, procedures and documentation in force within Ipsen Group
  • Has strategic and operational responsibility for scouting and evaluation of external opportunities in the given geography
  • Supporting TA innovation leads with scientific and technological expertise
  • Has the necessary experience and scientific imagination to recognize early stage innovation that has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes in the future


In return, you will bring:



  • M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. in life science
  • Exceptional scientific credentials and external profile - evidenced by publications, delivery of project milestones through all stages of drug development process, other scientific accomplishments (biotech or pharma portfolio accomplishments). Examples delivered through external collaborations and experience in deal-making will be highly valued
  • Minimum 12 years' experience in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry (or in related life sciences fields including venture capital and/or technology transfer)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Intellectual Property Processes
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate complex information and analyses to a variety of scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Interpersonal & leadership skills and ability to represent Ipsen in a highly professional manner
  • Ability to cultivate and develop long term productive relationships with potential external partners
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multitask efficiently and prioritize quickly, particularly in running a portfolio of projects
  • Experience working in a matrix environment as well as leading and leveraging the matrix
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in highly integrated cross functional teams


If this sounds like an exciting opportunity to apply your oncology expertise to assess external opportunities, apply today!

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.","datePosted":"2021-01-11T00:00:00.000Z