Director, Strategy

Cambridge, MA USA
Jul 12, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Position Summary: 

Do you believe that our current approach to drug discovery is slow, inefficient, and costly? Does the chance to build an alternative approach to drug discovery – a shift from targets to understanding disease in its fuller context – appeal to you? Can you see not only what needs to be done today, but what we need to plan for tomorrow – and help us see what we have not even considered. Do you believe that the key unlock to any company is its amazing talent and building a distinctive culture? Would you like to create a legacy in drug discovery and make a difference for patients?

If this describes you, then you may be the right fit to join Cellarity on our industry pioneering mission to develop cell behavior targeted medicines.

The Director of Strategy will develop and implement Cellarity’s strategy, touching on pipeline, platform, partnerships, and data, among others. You will lead enterprise-wide efforts in each of these efforts, working with multifunction teams to explore new ways of pursuing our strategic objectives. You will help build a new language of drug discovery that draws from biology, advanced analytics, clinical medicine, and pharmacology and shape Cellarity’s distinctive augmented intelligence approach to discovery. Central to the success of this role will be your ability to range from the big picture to the minutiae of execution. Given the strategic leadership required for this critical role, our expectation is that this leader will be bold, creative, driven, and inspiring. The individual in this position will work in close collaboration with every member of the Cellarity Leadership team and report to the Head of Strategy and Partnerships.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Working directly with the Head of Strategy and Partnerships, you will:

  • Develop and implement elements of Cellarity, business, platform and pipeline strategies
  • Support external partnerships conversations
  • Help develop Cellarity ‘value story’ for investors, partners, and external audiences’
  • Identify new opportunities for growth
  • Lead company-wide initiatives, including strategic efforts and operational design
  • And a multitude of others


  • MD, PhD, or equivalent with 5+ years experience in a Pharma/Biotech/Health Technology/Hospital/Academic/Govt/Top Tier Management Consulting company required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated teambuilding and leadership skills within matrix organizations
  • Experience in developing and leading high performance cross functional teams to achieve desired outcomes with internal and external teams

About Cellarity

Cellarity was founded in 2017 at Flagship Pioneering's innovation foundry, Flagship Labs. Cellarity is a first-of-its-kind therapeutics company that is discovering and developing medicines by studying and altering cell behaviors. Cellarity has developed a powerful, generalizable platform harnessing single-cell technologies, machine learning and proprietary data models of disease to unveil the network state of a given cell, defining the cell's behavior. The platform digitizes and quantifies cellular behaviors, unravels the network dynamics that govern those behaviors, and generates medicines that can direct them. These medicines are rationally designed to alter the cell behaviors that drive disease, obviating the need for random screening paradigms.

This vantage point opens treatment avenues in countless diseases, including many that have been overlooked or have been too complex to resolve with traditional approaches. The team has already identified a number of Cell Behavior Targeting compounds and validated their effects with in in vitro and in vivo disease models and advancing systematically to clinical stage. Cellarity is progressing programs in hematology, immune-oncology, metabolism and respiratory diseases.

With the unique ability to discover drugs based on cellular behavior, Cellarity’s goal is to dramatically increase the success rate and speed of drug discovery through a paradigm shifting approach to biotech.

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