Assistant General Counsel - R&D

Cambridge, MA, United States
Feb 02, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Assistant General Counsel - R&D

Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

As Assistant General Counsel - R&D (Director) you will primarily be responsible for providing legal support to Ipsen's R&D team that is charged with delivering and growing Ipsen's pipeline in all therapeutic areas, optimizing Ipsen's relationships with vendors and partners while actively supporting the R&D transformation and Ipsen's growth. As a business partner, you will support R&D stakeholders in their operations and/or transactions from research & discovery to phase 4 clinical trials, advise and train R&D and business partners on how to manage the legal risks associated to the R&D activities as well as support the newly created clinical contract management department and any other initiatives arising from Ipsen transformation. Although the function will support the global R&D organization across therapeutic areas and contribute to the development of the R&D best in class development model, the preliminary focus of this function is to support R&D matters that are led from the US (i.e. Oncology TA and any US R&D related activities when relevant) and US Global Medical Affairs.

Your role will involve:
  • Provision of general legal advice as needed to the Global R&D organization.
  • Proactive monitoring and information to stakeholders of relevant changes to local legislation or local requirements, and training as needed.
  • Flagging high-risk areas and ensure raising business awareness around applicable laws and regulations through training and day-to day interactions.
  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and approving agreements as needed.
  • Prompt intervention to manage contractual conflicts/litigation.
  • Proactive monitoring and management of existing partnerships and alliances.
  • Supporting and participating in strategic discussions around research and license partnerships and CROs management.
  • Management of external Legal counsel, disputes and/or litigation as needed.
  • Provision of strategic legal advice as needed, in particular, to Global Medical Affairs, Development and Regulatory functions, acting as a key business partner in day-to-day activities
  • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and approving agreements as needed
  • Supporting and participating in strategic discussions around products development

In return, you will bring:
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of post-qualification experience, including relevant international experience in the healthcare sector, in-house or law firm
  • Experience in Research and Development legal support (including regulatory law),
  • Business counseling experience, including significant pharmaceutical company experience
  • Experience implementing change initiatives and working in a challenging business environment
  • Experience with drafting, analysis and negotiation of international contracts
  • Fluency in French or other languages is a plus
  • Experience negotiating with CROs and, biotech and Research Academics
  • Experience supporting oncology and rare diseases programs will be a plus

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity to apply your pharmaceutical industry experience in our Global Legal R&D team, 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.