About the Department
Dicerna, a Novo Nordisk company, is focused on driving innovation in RNAi (ribonucleic acid interference) to selectively target and silence genes that cause or contribute to disease. Our proprietary GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi technologies have the potential to address conditions that are difficult or impossible to treat with other modalities. Established as a Transformational Research Unit (TRU) following Novo Nordisk’s acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021, the Dicerna TRU is a unique new organization within Novo Nordisk that brings together the best of both worlds – the agility, collaborative pioneering spirit and calculated risk-taking profile of a biotech along with the scale, resources and capabilities of a global leader in drug development. With approximately 200 researchers, scientists, drug developers and operational staff, we are a team of inventive and entrepreneurial thinkers pushing the boundaries of science to create and drive new RNAi-based therapies for both rare and more prevalent diseases from the bench to the clinic. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference?
Provides high level operational support for the US intellectual property team at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals. Independently identifies and operationalizes intellectual property management issues. Acts as the lead on process and procedural improvement initiatives and other key projects.
Reports to Head of Intellectual Property. Interacts with all attorneys, patent agents and other personnel in the IP Department. Also interacts with individuals across all company departments and affiliate companies. Also interacts with outside law firms, government agencies (including the US patent and trademark office), and business entities.
Essential FunctionsResponsible for supporting all Intellectual Property Department operationsDevelop and drive cross-functional projects to optimize and modernize handling of US patent filing, prosecution, maintenance and other key operationsSupport Head of Intellectual Property with administration of department management and operating initiatives as well as communications with Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI) and other affiliate organizations; help prepare materials and drive efficiency in support of those requirementsCollaborate with with external counsel to ensure that Intellectual Property Department is aware of important deadlines, IP-related activities and changes in Intellectual Property law and regulationsBuilds infrastructure of Intellectual Property Department to support anticipated growth and expansion of departmental responsibilitiesRegularly handle highly confidential matters with discretion and judgment.Support other tasks and responsibilities as needed
QualificationsA Bachelor 's degree required; relevant experience may be substituted for degree where appropriateA minimum of 8 years of paralegal experience or other relevant experience requiredAbility to work autonomously with minimal guidance on core tasksAt least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience preferred Comprehensive understanding of the business and day-to-day operations as well as in-house legal department operationsExcellent organizational, planning and follow-through skillsMust be a self-starter; flexible, customer-focused, and have a professional demeanorMust be proficient in Microsoft Office and patent docketing systems/databases (where applicable)Paralegal Certification strongly preferredStrong analytical, research, and organizational skills requiredStrong verbal and written communication skills requiredThe ability to multi-task and prioritize required
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