Director, Clinical Development

San Diego, California
Jun 28, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Company Overview

At Avidity Biosciences, we are passionate about the impact of every employee in bringing potentially life-changing therapeutics to patients in need. Avidity is pioneering a new class of oligonucleotide-based therapies called AOCs designed to overcome the current limitations of oligonucleotide therapies in order to treat a wide range of serious diseases. We utilize our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer and develop transformative therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to access previously undruggable tissue and cell types and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. If you are a committed, solution-oriented thinker, come make a difference with us.

Job Summary

This position will serve as the Global Development Lead (GDL) for one or more of Avidity’s neuromuscular clinical programs.  The GDL is responsible for the design and successful implementation of the Clinical Development plan (CDP). This position will co-lead the Program Strategy Team, and collaborate with clinical operations, regulatory, data management, clinical pharmacology, medical affairs, research, and other groups as appropriate for study implementation.  They will coordinate and monitor the clinical studies ensuring compliance with ICH/GCP and federal regulations. They will also be responsible for the review of efficacy and safety data, including dissemination of study results and related publications.  They will participate in regulatory interactions and contribute to building relationships with KOLs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with key internal and external stakeholders to lead the design and implementation of the CDP providing medical and clinical development expertise
  • Design and draft protocol synopses, clinical trial protocols and protocol amendments.
  • Contribute to IBs, regulatory documents, CSRs  and publications associated with the clinical trials
  • Provide medical oversight of multiple clinical studies and provide medical input and guidance on scientific, clinical and safety monitoring issues
  • Interface with US/international regulatory authorities, as appropriate, and assist in the compilation of submissions and responses to inquires
  • Maintain scientific and clinical knowledge in the relevant therapeutic and disease area(s)
  • Communicate to management and relevant functions any potential issues or risks (e.g., changes or significant risks to the Clinical Development Plan, new safety concerns) in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with SOPs, ICH, GCP and other national and international regulatory requirements
  • Act as the clinical representative in variety of cross-functional teams
  • Medical Doctor (M.D.) preferred; PharmD/PhD with relevant experience and areas of expertise is considerable
  • 5+ years of hands on pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry experience in clinical development
  • In depth knowledge of drug development process and oversight of clinical trials
  • Experience with global clinical studies
  • Experience leading clinical sections of regulatory documents and attend meetings with FDA
  • Subject matter expertise on clinical and medical strategic initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience providing internal training as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to make significant decisions and recommendations and persuasively present data and support materials to gain approval and sponsorship for projects from senior management
  • Experience optimizing extensive knowledge of the clinical development process and strong relationships with team members, colleagues, and internal and external stakeholders to achieve results
  • Extensive knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory and compliance requirements governing clinical trials, and experience in development of clinical strategy and the design of study protocols. Formal training in clinical research methods is a plus.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), analytical, organizational, and project management skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Prior experience in Rare Disease or Neuromuscular Therapy is a plus
  • Ability to multi-task well, to deal well with conflict and obstacles, and to work in a fast-paced environment