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Associate Director/Director, Intellectual Property

Sana Biotechnology
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Nov 22, 2023

Job Details

About the role

Sana Biotechnology is growing, and we are hiring new team members who believe in the potential of engineered cells as medicines, who want to challenge the status quo, and who lead with the desire to work on novel ideas.  As a Patent Agent, Associate Director or Director you will assist in the implementation of the company’s intellectual property strategy in the cell therapy space, as well as counsel clients, manage patent drafting and prosecution, and assist in patent landscape activities, review publications and support business activities as needed.  The Patent Agent, Associate Director or Director will be an integral working partner with the company’s research and development (R&D) organization.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with R&D to develop a deep understanding of the science and technologies at Sana, including work in cutting edge technologies in the cell therapy space
  • Leverage knowledge about Sana’s science and technologies to assist in developing patent portfolio strategies and in preparing and prosecuting new and existing patent filings with an experienced intellectual property team
  • Partner with R&D to identify patentable subject matter and implement patent protection strategies for that subject, including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Assist in conducting patent landscape overviews, freedom-to-operate analyses, validity assessments and patentability assessments
  • Provide support for third-party IP issues, as needs arise (e.g., oppositions, third-party observations, inter party reviews, litigation, etc.)
  • Manage external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators
  • Work on additional legal projects, as needed

What we’re looking for

  • JD. degree
  • Membership in at least one state bar for Associate Director or Director position (recent graduates sitting for state bar exams will be considered)
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 2+ years experience in patent drafting and prosecution, including global portfolios
  • Experience managing high-volume intellectual property workflow
  • Intense commitment to high moral standards and business ethics
  • Strong collaborator who can work successfully and build relationships with internal legal colleagues, internal stakeholders, and external parties to achieve business goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, articulate, direct and forthright
  • Be part of a team of business focused, creative, and strategic thinkers with broad perspectives
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Must have attention to detail and excellent drafting skills
  • Strong ability to adapt to changes and be agile

What will separate you from the crowd

  • PhD. degree in biochemistry, biology, immunology, or another technical field relevant to the biotech industry
  • Experience managing intellectual property for cellular therapies
  • Experience both in the law firm and in-house legal department settings

What you should know

  • The base pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $160,00 to $210,000 for an Associate Director and $210,000 to $275,000 for Director; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

How we work together

  • Lead from every seat – we seek to understand, act with honesty, and engage in the crucial conversations
  • Thrive as a team – we hire amazing people, are intensely curious, and cultivate inclusion and personal connectivity
  • Make it happen – we value vigorous debate, alignment around our decisions, and resilient execution 

Get to know us

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. For benefit eligible employees, we cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off (various paid time off benefits, such as holidays, vacation, sick time, and parental leave), short- and long-term disability, employer paid basic life insurance, additional voluntary life insurance protection, financial wellness programs including financial planning resources, a 401(k) Plan with an immediately vested employer match, Tuition Reimbursement and Student Loan Repayment, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.  For more details on our benefits, visit Sana’s Benefits Portal.

We are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, social class (including caste/caste identity), taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each job responsibility satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions described above.


Sana Biotechnology, Inc. is focused on creating and delivering engineered cells as medicines for patients. We share a vision of repairing and controlling genes, replacing missing or damaged cells, and making our therapies broadly available to patients. We are a passionate group of people working together to create an enduring company that changes how the world treats disease. Sana has operations in Seattle, Cambridge, South San Francisco, and Rochester.

Company info
Sana Biotechnology
188 East Blaine Street, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98102

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