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Senior Director, Study Start Up

Eikon Therapeutics
Hayward, California
Start date
Nov 3, 2023

Job Details

Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the intersection of chemistry, engineering, computation, and biology to discover novel treatments for life-threatening disease.  Eikon's discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its founders (Nobel Prize, 2014), culminating in the creation of microscopes which enable real time, molecular-resolution measurements of protein movement in living cells, thereby unlocking otherwise intractable classes of proteins of proteins as drug targets.


We are currently seeking an experienced, innovative leader for the role of Senior Director Study Start Up. This role is a hybrid position with 3 days on site.   In this role you will work with the SVP of Clinical Development Operations and the clinical trial teams to improve operational excellence and efficiency of clinical trial execution in study and site start up across all phases of Clinical Development activities at Eikon Therapeutics by: Driving study feasibility deliverables and providing data driven recommendations to accelerate clinical trials. Supporting Clinical Development Operations Study Planning: to ensure proper planning and timely execution of all clinical trials, and associated plans are developed and in place before start of study. Identifying and implementing industry clinical site technology best practice solutions to ensure support of Site communications and engagement (Sponsor of Choice).

About you

You are a collaborative leader with a passion for solving operational challenges, with an agile and adaptive mindset, and relentless in your pursuit of excellence.

What You’ll Do

  • Leading and evolving the business processes for study, country and site feasibility, scenario modelling and enrollment projections to support and create efficient clinical trials at scale and drive enrollment to increase access to scientific advancements
  • Working closely with Clinical Development R&D functions, enhance analytic capabilities to ensure the right questions are being asked and data is being leveraged to drive study feasibility deliverables and provide data driven recommendations to accelerate our clinical trials in study design and study start up
  • Guide internal and external partners on study start up activities
  • Act as subject matter expert (SME) for country landscape knowledge to drive accelerated start up timelines, provide guidance on activation trends and make recommendations to clinical trial teams to leverage the clinical trial environment, patient and trial networks
  • Perform proactive risk assessment to anticipate study specific challenges, communicate to internal and external business partners to mitigate risk
  • Identify industry innovation opportunities in study start up and bring best practices to Eikon Therapeutics
  • Build and lead a team of individuals who support clinical trial teams through the study start up and execution stages
  • Engage and develop strong working relationships with clinical study teams (e.g., Clinical Operations, Clinical Supply, Legal, Regulatory, Clinical IT, Clinical R&D Process and Learning Management, Clinical Project and Portfolio Management, Clinical Quality Assurance, Clinical Data Management, and Clinical Research)
  • Define the standards for planning and execution of study start up, country requirements, working in collaboration with Clinical Operations on site information management activities to ensure time critical and high-quality delivery of study specific needs
  • Ensure the real time collection of information that informs country allocation, investigator site identification through activation, forecasting and planning and contributes to accurate site activation deliverables
  • Identifies, assesses and contributes to the successful implementation of technology solutions that better enable site engagement, communication, document exchange, etc. and site performance in support of study / site start up activities
  • Support Clinical Development Operations in driving a partnering mindset
  • Serve as a talent magnet and develop, coach, and retain top talent in the team. Set clear performance standards and holds self and organization accountable for achieving results. Embrace metrics and performance standards (KPIs)


  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 15 years of experience in a pharmaceutical industry or other clinical research setting with clinical trials; 7+ years of supervisory experience required
  • Solid understanding of US and global regulations and guidelines (e.g., FDA, EMEA, ICH) applicable to clinical development; prior success in partnering with regulatory peers to support timely and quality regulatory submissions
  • Extensive experience within the pharmaceutical industry or clinical research organization (CRO) working with clinical data and clinical development processes. Deep understanding of complexities of study start up
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Able to manage complexity, by asking the right questions, securing data from multiple and diverse sources in order to accurately analyze situations to uncover the root cause and solve business challenges
  • Able to rapidly adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and change approach or method to achieve optimal fit-for-purpose solution
  • Excellent verbal / written communication and collaboration skills and ability to influence at all levels across functions and build effective relationships in a matrix organization
  • Management expertise should cover management of budget, resources, headcount, processes (and controls), productivity, quality and project delivery
  • Experience with Veeva clinical solutions (i.e., beyond solely eTMF Vault)
  • Strategic thinking and high emotional intelligence

At Eikon, employee compensation also includes bonus and equity compensation, in addition to several generous benefit programs, including:

  • 401k plan with company matching
  • Medical (premiums covered by Eikon at 95%), dental and vision insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%)
  • Mental health and wellness benefits
  • Weeklong summer and winter holiday shutdowns
  • Generous paid time off and holiday policies
  • Life/AD&D Insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%) and optional supplemental employee-paid life/AD&D policies
  • Enhanced parental leave benefit
  • Daily subsidized lunch program when on-site

The expected salary range for this role is $230,000 to $265,000 depending on skills, competency, and the market demand for your expertise.


Eikon is a pioneering drug discovery and development company that leverages superior engineering and high-performance computing to analyze single molecule protein behavior in living cells. We are engineering a battery of innovative tools and technologies for biological exploration in drug discovery and beyond.

Eikon thrives on the energy and creativity of interdisciplinary teams. We are physicists and chemists, biologists and engineers. We spend our days context-switching between multiple scientific languages. We work with lasers, super-resolution microscopes, and robot arms. We leverage machine learning, cell line engineering, and the collective intelligence of world-class scientists and technologists to observe therapeutically relevant biology in a way no one has before.

We’re endlessly curious, intellectually honest and we love what we do. We’re driven to learn the true mechanisms of biology and pharmacology at the molecular level, to make the biggest difference in as many lives as possible.

Company info
3929 Point Eden Way
United States

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