Director External Innovation, Oncology

Cambridge, MA, United States
Apr 13, 2021
Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Director External Innovation, Oncology

Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

As Director External Innovation, you will play a leadership role in IPSEN's External Innovation group, spearheading efforts to identify, evaluate, and secure Oncology external opportunities (pre-clinical and clinical stage as well as marketed therapeutic assets). It is expected that these efforts will provide direct and visible benefits to IPSEN's pipeline both for the near-, mid-, and long-term. You will be a key member of external innovation team and will be responsible for the identification and scientific assessment of Oncology external Opportunities consistent with IPSEN's Oncology strategy. Additionally, you will have a critical role in ensuring that IPSEN is considered a partner of choice for external innovation, working alongside peers in Oncology and Academic Institutions.

Your role:
  • Identify, prioritize, and lead scientific assessment of external Oncology opportunities
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (BD, R&D, Franchise, IP, TechOps) for the continued evaluation of external Oncology opportunities
  • Cultivate and expand existing networks in the US/Europe - biotech, pharma, venture, research institutes and academic communities - to ensure high quality deal flow for IPSEN
  • Serve as representative of IPSEN to biotech, venture, and academic communities
  • Drive awareness of IPSEN and position IPSEN as partner of choice
  • Collaborate with IPSEN leadership to help refine / refresh Oncology strategy as appropriate and drive development of 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

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 5 years' experience in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry (or in related life sciences fields including venture capital and/or technology transfer)
  • Extensive Oncology expertise in the context of drug development and / or partnering.
  • Confidence and scientific credibility to lead interactions with senior leaders of biotech companies, VCs, leading academic research centers, and other external parties
  • Proven ability to lead technical due diligence efforts/teams
  • Maintain and expand the candidate's network of biopharma leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, academic scientists
  • Proven strategic thinking related to product development and pipelines
  • Ability to anticipate the evolution of the marketplace and the competition to maintain advantage as it pertains to business model creation, innovation acquisition and collaborations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Drug 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
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and networking skills with the ability to build cross functional bridges

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.