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Executive Director, IP Licensing & Transactions

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 7, 2023

Job Details

The Role

Moderna is seeking a highly seasoned, motivated, and experienced IP attorney to serve as its IP Licensing & Transactions Counsel. This role is an exciting opportunity to become a critical component of the legal and business operations of a leading high-growth company in the biotech industry. We need a pragmatic, business-minded professional with deep industry experience in assessing the IP risks commonly associated with transactions in the life sciences industry. The ideal candidate will advise and counsel internal clients and colleagues on IP risks associated with a variety of transactions, perform and manage IP due diligence analyses, and exercise sound judgment in providing strategic input for business decisions. The candidate must also have strong analytical and communication skills and demonstrated experience in contributing to a high-performing, cross-functional team.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Provide expert counsel and strategic guidance to internal clients related to IP risk associated with various types of transactions, including by assessing potential effects on NPV

  • Partner with internal business development, legal, finance, research, manufacturing, commercial and other business teams to identify and understand their business goals, provide strategic input to enable business decisions informed by sound legal judgment

  • Perform and manage IP due diligence studies to assess potential impact on business objectives, advise clients, and draft and negotiate IP contractual provisions to address the companys overall objectives and priorities

  • Provide post-execution relationship support by interpreting IP contractual provisions for internal clients, drafting amendments and working to help avoid/resolve potential issues

  • Collaborate with other senior legal team members, departments, and project teams to analyze competitive intelligence related to mRNA technology and operationalize that intelligence to optimize outcomes

  • Recognize high pressure, time sensitive situations and respond clearly and pragmatically with high quality and timeliness

  • Contribute creative input into corporate strategic IP initiatives

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admitted into practice and in good standing in at least one state

  • 10+ years of experience in a top tier law firm or pharmaceutical/biotechnology firm with responsibility for providing IP advice and risk-assessment related to transactional matters, experience with due diligence projects, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts related to research, development, licensing, manufacturing and other business arrangements in the life sciences industry.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • B.S. degree in life sciences preferred

  • Experience in a fast-paced, dynamic culture with the ability to competently handle the intricacies of a complex ecosystem of platform, modality, therapeutic area, product and corporate partner intellectual property needs and the ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture.

  • Commitment to client service, finding solutions, relationship building, continued learning, proactivity and confidentiality

  • General understanding of the concepts, terminology and interdependencies that are important in the global, pre-commercial pharmaceutical industry, including with respect to intellectual property rights; IP litigation experience desired/preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinker with a broad perspective

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situations

  • Demonstrated ability to own projects and consistently meet tight timing requirements and high-quality standards

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to handle extremely sensitive confidential and proprietary information using impeccable discretion and judgment

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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