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Legal Specialist - Intellectual Property

Novo Nordisk
Lexington, MA
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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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?


The Position

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 Functions

  • Responsible for supporting all Intellectual Property Department operations
  • Develop and drive cross-functional projects to optimize and modernize handling of US patent filing, prosecution, maintenance and other key operations
  • Support 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 requirements
  • Collaborate 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 regulations
  • Builds infrastructure of Intellectual Property Department to support anticipated growth and expansion of departmental responsibilities
  • Regularly handle highly confidential matters with discretion and judgment.
  • Support other tasks and responsibilities as needed


  • A Bachelor 's degree required; relevant experience may be substituted for degree where appropriate
  • A minimum of 8 years of paralegal experience or other relevant experience required
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal guidance on core tasks
  • At 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 operations
  • Excellent organizational, planning and follow-through skills
  • Must be a self-starter; flexible, customer-focused, and have a professional demeanor
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and patent docketing systems/databases (where applicable)
  • Paralegal Certification strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical, research, and organizational skills required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize required

    We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


    At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


    Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


    If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


    Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

    Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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