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Director/Senior Director, Research (Bilingual-English/Mandarin)

HUYABIO International
92130, San Diego
Start date
Jan 12, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biology, Research
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Beach

Job Details

HUYABIO™ is the leader in accelerating the global development of novel biopharmaceutical product opportunities originating in China enabling faster, more cost-effective, and lower-risk drug development in the global markets. Through extensive collaboration with biopharmaceutical, academic and commercial organizations, it has built the largest China-sourced compound portfolio covering all therapeutic areas. Hiyasta® the company’s first commercial product is marketed in Japan. With offices in the US, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and Ireland and eight strategic locations across China, the Company has become a partner of choice to accelerate product development and maximize value globally. For more information, please visit

Job Summary

The Director/Senior Director of Research will work with the Database team to lead the global SLM and due diligence team in conducting a comprehensive search of therapeutic and diagnostic technologies from China to identify promising Chinese opportunities for HUYABIO to further develop. The Director/Senior Director will establish strong working relationships with Chinese life science parks, research institutions, and biopharmaceutical companies to position HUYABIO as the first to evaluate and secure licenses to novel therapeutic and diagnostic products identified in China and will assist the team in doing the same. The Director/Senior Director will coordinate and facilitate communication between their resources and HUYABIO’s global team. This position will report to HUYABIO’s Senior Vice President of Research, Data Management.

This is an office-based position that works in a cross-functional and dynamic environment. Clear, timely, professional, and effective communication with all HUYABIO functional areas and global office sites is essential.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

• Strengthen HUYABIO’s reputation among its collaborators as a leading expert in drug discovery and development and continuously recruit and strengthen HUYABIO’s scientific liaison network in China
• Promote HUYABIO’s entry into breakthrough scientific fields across all therapeutic areas via the identification and evaluation of early technologies prior to the involvement of other outside parties
• Provide critical support to the attainment of HUYABIO’s business objectives related to strategic collaboration and product development through scientific leadership
• Identify in-licensing candidates from scientific evaluation and due diligence functions, provide scientific recommendations, and support all in-licensing activities
• Lead the China team to perform scientific due diligence on all selected candidates. Oversee data gathering, due diligence checkups, and prepare due diligence recommendations to the in-license committee
• Perform FTF meetings selected by the sourcing team and Business Development team for relationship building
• Participate in company strategy and fundraising efforts as needed
• Supervise the global SLM and due diligence teams in therapeutic and diagnostic sourcing, networking, and project management
• Provide training and mentoring to the San Diego team for China due diligence
• Identify novel therapeutics and diagnostics at various stages of development in all human health therapeutic areas from Chinese organizations and coordinate information on all potential opportunities in the region for the HUYABIO team
• Lead efforts to facilitate negotiation and execution of “first look,” exclusive evaluation, and in-licensing agreements between HUYABIO and entities in China
• Establish networks and maintain contacts with Principal Investigators and scientists at leading universities, research institutions, and companies in China within the region to enable early evaluation of new scientific discoveries, biomarkers, or other diagnostics
• Identify opportunities to develop different potential alliance models to expand HUYABIO’s business opportunities in China
• Strengthen HUYABIO’s networks in China by collecting industrial business intelligence, such as new government policies, new drug development, new technology, and other information regarding the competitive landscape
• Prepare and present detailed reports of opportunities and contacts in China with specific recommendations
• Promote HUYABIO’s business by attending conferences, visiting sites, and participating in various public relations and marketing campaigns
• Communicate with other regional offices in China and the US team to support business activities
• Respond to inquiries from HUYABIO’s project management teams and prepare reports and presentations for senior management in a timely and effective manner

Job Qualifications and Requirements

• Ph.D. in biology or biochemistry from a top university or institute
• Minimum fifteen (15) years in life science sectors with knowledge of drug discovery R&D and five (5) years of supervisory experience
• Good track record of leading small molecule oncology drug discovery projects from target identification, and target validation to IND enabling and beyond
• Must be fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English with strong written and verbal communication skills
• Wide network in the Chinese pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and biotechnology industry and strong connections with academic institutions
• Experience in business intelligence, market research, competitive analysis, contract negotiation, and/or business development
• Proven success in building internal cross-functional and external relationships
• Able to work under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to “roll up your sleeves” and contribute results to a research and development effort
• Demonstrated teamwork and leadership abilities
• Ability to accommodate China and US time zone difference, with the ability to work into the late afternoons or evenings
• Up to 25% international travel as needed

To learn more about HUYABIO International, please visit HUYABIO International, LLC is an equal-opportunity employer



HUYABIO has now grown to be the leader in globalizing China’s pharmaceutical innovation. Meeting the challenge of tomorrow’s unmet medical needs requires utilizing the talents of Chinese researchers and helping to move their discoveries forward. Our HUYABIO teams in San Diego, Tokyo, Dublin, Montreal, Seoul and our eight China offices are committed to building relationships that enable candidate compounds to be more accessible internationally. With diverse approaches including in-licensing, alliances, co-development, research funding and creative financial partnerships, HUYABIO is poised to bring China’s healthcare discoveries to benefit the rest of the world.

When joining us at HUYABIO, you become part of the team, right here and now. Where you are empowered to lead and perform at your best. Where you collaborate across disciplines, borders, and continents. HUYABIO International is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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