General Counsel

Emeryville, CA
May 29, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
4D Molecular Therapeutics, Inc. (“4DMT”) is a clinical-stage gene therapy company pioneering the development of product candidates using targeted and evolved AAV vectors. 4DMT seeks to unlock the full potential of gene therapy using its platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, which combines the power of directed evolution with approximately one billion synthetic capsid sequences to invent evolved vectors for use in targeted gene therapy products. The company is initially focused in three therapeutic areas: ophthalmology, cardiology, and pulmonology. The 4DMT targeted and evolved vectors are invented with the goal of being delivered through clinically routine, well-tolerated, and minimally invasive routes of administration, transducing diseased cells in target tissues efficiently, having reduced immunogenicity and, where relevant, having resistance to pre-existing antibodies. 4DMT is currently conducting three clinical trials: 4D-125 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for XLRP, 4D-110 is in Phase 1 clinical trial for choroideremia and 4D-310 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Fabry disease.

4DMT is focused on attracting and retaining the best people in the industry who identify with our mission and innovative results-driven approach. We offer an inspiring and collaborative environment that encourages individual contributions, recognizes performance in multiple ways, offers competitive salary and benefits, and provides challenging opportunities for career development.  4D Molecular Therapeutics is located in Emeryville, CA.

The General Counsel will supervise and oversee the Legal, IP and Corporate Compliance functions and will be 4D’s Compliance Officer.  The General Counsel will provide strategic legal and business guidance to the Board of Directors and senior management and will manage all outside counsel. The General Counsel will be a member of the Executive Team and will report to the CEO.
  • Advise the Board of Directors and senior management on all corporate governance, disclosure and compliance issues.
  • Actively manage all 34 Act filings and other public disclosure.
  • Develop, in conjunction with in-house and outside IP counsel, US and international patent strategy.  Oversee patent filings and prosecution along with in-house and outside IP counsel. Participate in the IP and Publication Committee meetings.
  • Oversee all contract reviews, including business development.
  • Select, retain, supervise, and coordinate all outside counsel.
  • Support Human Resources in labor and employment-related matters.
  • Act as Compliance Officer for Whistleblower program, Stock Trading Policy and other compliance programs.
  • Other duties as assigned, nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Experience:
  • Current member of state bar (California preferred)
  • 10+ years of professional experience as an attorney, including both law firm and in-house experience, with significant experience advising public life science companies.
  • Capital markets experience, including equity and debt offerings, and complex negotiated transaction experience in the life sciences.
  • Skills:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to balance the legal issues of a project with the goals of the business through the demonstration of strong, pragmatic business acumen and the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Ability to function autonomously and advise management of work progress and any unusual situations in a timely manner.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to work remotely until it is safe to return to the worksite and work onsite once 4DMT deems it safe to return

4DMT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran, and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.
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