General Counsel

Brisbane, CA, United States
May 29, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Mammoth Biosciences, Inc. is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next-generation of CRISPR products. Through the discovery and development of novel CRISPR systems, the company is enabling the full potential of its platform to read and write the code of life. By leveraging its internal research and development and exclusive licensing to patents related to Cas12, Cas13, Cas14 and CasPhi, Mammoth Biosciences can provide enhanced diagnostics and genome editing for life science research, healthcare, agriculture, biodefense and more. Mammoth is democratizing disease detection with easy and affordable point-of-care tests that allow real-time and simultaneous detection of multiple conditions, along with high-throughput tests that allow for unprecedented testing volume. Further, the company is transforming disease treatment with its proprietary micro-sized CRISPR proteins that enable new editing and delivery options. Based in Brisbane, CA, Mammoth Biosciences is co-founded by CRISPR pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and founders Trevor Martin, Janice Chen, and Lucas Harrington. The firm is backed by top institutional investors including Decheng, Mayfield, NFX, and 8VC, and leading individual investors including Brook Byers, Tim Cook, Bob Nelsen, and Jeff Huber.


The General Counsel is responsible for overseeing Mammoth's legal team. As the top in-house legal executive, the General Counsel will provide senior management and the board of directors with effective legal counsel on company strategies and their implementation, manage legal functions at the company, and assess and manage risk. Duties of this position include: corporate governance, securities, compliance, employment law, commercial transactions, litigation, regulatory, privacy, and intellectual property.

    • Develop plans for managing legal matters, including activities to be performed in house or through outside counsel, to efficiently and effectively manage the company's legal activities
    • Manage and direct general corporate matters, including corporate organization, securities compliance, general transaction support, employment law, regulatory matters, compliance, and financial matters
    • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide variety of agreements including investment, confidentiality, material transfer, license, advisory board, market research, and other intellectual-property-related matters with domestic and international parties including clients, partners, vendors and users ranging from global biotech companies to healthcare organizations, research and clinical sites, landlords, subcontractors, and government agencies
    • Structure key business initiatives in a manner that helps to achieve business objectives protecting legal, regulatory, and tax directives and considerations
    • Ensure compliance with securities regulations, corporate governance requirements and other relevant legal and statutory requirements
    • Coordinate board of director meetings and acts as the corporate secretary preparing meeting minutes and maintaining appropriate corporate records. Advise on legal aspects of the company's financing activities and corporate structure considerations, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities
    • Provide leadership and technical guidance to ensure an effective compliance program Oversee development of programs to prevent and detect violations of laws, company policies, and other misconduct; promote ethical practices; and ensure the implementation of the compliance program throughout the organization
    • Proactively address evolving regulatory and governance compliance environment, including changes in laws, regulations, regulatory focus areas and industry best practices
    • Enforce claims the company may have against third parties, as appropriate and defend the company against third party claims and litigation
    • Partner with Human Resources on employment law matters
    • Address rapidly evolving regulatory and governance laws and regulations
    • Provide oversight and leadership for all legal needs of the business, including but not limited to providing legal advice and guidance across business functions
    • Manage the growing legal team
    • Other duties as assigned

    • JD with 10 years of experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and/or diagnostics industries with 3+ years of in-house experience at Associate General Counsel level or higher
    • Experience in fast-growth, start up environment
    • Admitted to practice in at least one state in the US
    • Demonstrated experience managing legal teams and activities

    • 5+ years in-house experience as General Counsel or Associate General Counsel role
    • Experience in-house in both private and public settings
    • Demonstrated experience in securities, compliance, FDA and healthcare regulations
    • Ability to lead as well as collaborate and work in a team environment
    • Admitted to practice in California
    • Excellent communication, organizational, planning and management skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Strong intellect, excellent legal acumen, and rigorous analytical skills
    • Ability to serve as a project lead on departmental initiatives and manage and mentor other legal department teammates
    • Experience working in cross-functional teams, as well as sound business and legal judgment, and strategic and analytical thinking
    • Ability to identify opportunities to leverage existing systems and processes, create new process initiatives and solutions
    • Strong follow-up skills, ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities, ability to drive projects with little guidance or direction
    • Ability to be highly engaged and succeed in a collaborative and fast-paced environment
    • Professional communication skills in writing and verbally

    • Company-paid health/vision/dental benefits
    • Unlimited vacation and generous sick time
    • Company-sponsored meals and snacks
    • Wellness, caregiver and ergonomics benefits
    • 401(k) with company matching

It is our policy and intent to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, political affiliation, sex/gender (including gender expression/identity, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, and/or any other basis protected by law. This policy covers all facets of employment including, but not limited to: recruitment, selection, placement, promotions, transfers, demotions, terminations, training, and compensation.