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Director, Intellectual Property

Senti Biosciences
South San Francisco, California
Start date
Sep 24, 2022
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Thank you for your interest in a career at Senti Biosciences. Our mission is to create a new generation of smarter medicines that outmaneuver complex diseases in ways previously inconceivable. We are passionate about designing gene circuits to improve the “intelligence” of cell and gene therapies in order to enhance their therapeutic effectiveness against a broad range of diseases that conventional medicines are unable to address.
At Senti, we find purpose and meaning knowing that our efforts have the potential to improve the lives of patients and their families with more effective and safer treatment options. With science as our foundation and empathy as our key guiding principle, colleagues become friends, managers become mentors, and with time, cancer becomes history.

We are seeking an experienced patent attorney to support the development and execution of a robust IP strategy, addressed to advancing business goals at the intersection of computation, biology and chemistry. Reporting to the Head of Legal, you will have a broad scope of responsibilities related to the development, management and deployment of IP assets for business value, as well as managing 3rd party IP risk, licensing and freedom to operate matters.
  • Develop, protect, and manage Senti’s patent portfolio worldwide, including preparing and prosecuting current and future patent applications in all jurisdictions
  • Oversee Senti’s trademark and domain name management and registration in all jurisdictions
  • Establish, implement, and update IP strategies, policies, and procedures to ensure protection of company business and IP
  • Direct and/or support patent assertions, defenses, and other disputes involving IP rights
  • Advise and provide IP related legal support and counseling to stakeholders at all levels of the organization and across all phases of research, drug development & commercialization to provide business enabling strategy, counseling, and options
  • Create and provide regular training to employees on topics relating to intellectual property law, including any changes or new development in patent law
  • Support alliance management, finance, business development, legal and other stakeholders with IP related transactions, which activities may include drafting and negotiating intellectual property license and technology transactions agreements, supporting due diligence, interpreting agreements, and providing advice and guidance to ensure compliance under agreements
  • Manage external law firms, including budget and work product
  • Develop productive working relationships with external collaborators and partners
  • Mentor and manage junior staff members in legal
  • Evaluate emerging technical and scientific operations of the company to determine FTO risk and licensing opportunities
  • Conduct patent landscape assessments, FTO analysis, and validity and infringement analysis
  • Manage Proprietary Information – Identify and catalog trade secrets and proprietary know how
  • A on research capture, knowledge management and internal publishing efforts
  • Review, comment and advise on any public disclosures, including publications, presentations, press releases, SEC disclosures 
  • Assist with organization and operation of legal department affairs, internal company engagement with the legal team and use of legal resources by Senti employee base
  • Work on other legal department matters as requested or needed

  • A J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Active membership in at least one US state bar
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Advanced degree in biology, bioengineering, immunology, biochemistry or other related field
  • Experience working at cell and gene therapy space preferred
  • At least 7 years of experience in law firm and/or in-house at a biotechnology or a pharmaceutical company focused on all patent practice
  • Exposure to computational methods relevant to drug design and development

Salary and Benefits:
  • Base pay and stock options to be determined based on application qualifications with the aim of being competitive with similar roles in the area
  • Significant growth opportunity as the company expands
  • Empathetic, supportive and collaborative colleagues and work environment

Senti Bio is a publicly traded (Nasdaq: SNTI) gene circuit company headquartered in South San Francisco. Our mission is to create a new generation of smarter medicines that outmaneuver complex diseases using novel and unprecedented approaches.

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Senti Bio. We believe that different perspectives lead to better ideas, and better ideas allow us to better understand the needs and interests of our diverse Senti Team. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives and are an equal opportunity employer.


Senti Biosciences is a next-generation therapeutics company that is developing gene circuits and programming cells for tremendous therapeutic value. Senti’s mission is to outsmart complex diseases with more intelligent medicines that will transform people’s lives. By programming cells to respond, adapt and make decisions, Senti is creating smarter therapies with computer-like logic, enhanced functionality and greater therapeutic control.

Senti’s product candidates address major challenges in cancer treatment. To overcome cancer immune evasion, Senti is building cell therapies equipped with combinatorial arming gene circuits to elicit broad and sustained anti-tumor immune responses. Senti is also developing next-generation cell therapies that more precisely target and eliminate cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue.

Senti Biosciences is based in South San Francisco and was founded in 2016 by Drs. Tim Lu, Philip Lee, Jim Collins and Wilson Wong. Senti is proud to count NEA, 8VC, Amgen Ventures, Lux Capital, Menlo Ventures, Pear Ventures, Allen & Company, Nest.Bio, Omega Funds, and LifeForce Capital among its investors.



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2 Corporate Drive, First Floor
South San Francisco
United States
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