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Patent Agent / Counsel

ReCode Therapeutics
Menlo Park, California
Start date
Apr 6, 2024

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Bay

Job Details

Who We Are:

ReCode Therapeutics is a clinical-stage genetic medicines company using precision delivery to power the next wave of mRNA and gene correction therapeutics. ReCode’s proprietary Selective Organ Targeting (SORT) lipid nanoparticle (LNP) platform enables highly precise and targeted delivery of genetic medicines directly to the organs, tissues and cells implicated in disease, enabling improved efficacy and potency. ReCode’s lead programs include RCT1100 for the treatment of primary ciliary dyskinesia caused by pathogenic mutations in the DNAI1 gene, and RCT2100 for the treatment of the 10-13% of cystic fibrosis patients who have Class I mutations in the CFTR gene and do not respond to currently approved CFTR modulators. RCT1100 and RCT2100 are inhaled disease-modifying mRNA-based therapies formulated using the SORT LNP delivery platform. ReCode is expanding its pipeline to develop potential therapies for other rare and common genetic diseases, including musculoskeletal, central nervous system, liver and infectious disease indications.

Position Summary:

ReCode is looking for an outstanding Patent Agent or Patent Counsel to join the Legal team to tackle a growing IP portfolio in an exciting space. ReCode has two clinical programs in clinical trials, as well as a diverse and expanding LNP platform. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, motivated, and experienced patent agent or attorney to play a primary role with the company’s strategic IP efforts worldwide.


  • Strategic contributor to the drafting, filing, prosecution, and maintenance of patent portfolio
  • Provide hands-on direction and input to outside counsel, and to draft/review a wide variety of work products, including patent applications and office action responses.
  • Interact with R&D at all levels, including group leaders and team members, to identify patent-worthy inventions and secure patents on innovations.
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with stakeholders across internal teams, including R&D, pre-clinical and clinical teams, BD, and legal.
  • Strategic contributor to IP due diligence, technology assessments, and FTO analyses in potential strategic transactions (including M&A, licensing, and financing).

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a law firm or in-house in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, or biotechnology.
  • Admission to the United States Patent & Trademark Office Bar.
  • Solid knowledge of global intellectual property laws & practices.
  • Application and knowledge in any of the areas of life science tools, molecular biology assays, genomic analyses.
  • A PhD degree in a biotech-related discipline, such as cell or molecular biology, genomics, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, or cancer biology. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong aptitude for learning and working with a range of technologies; and a willingness to learn and engage with scientists.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to strategically educate and support fellow employees.
  • Self-directed and proactive, and comfortable executing on multiple projects independently and in collaboration with others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing outside counsel.
  • Experience with LNPs and mRNA therapeutics
  • J.D. (for patent attorneys)

Salary Range:* 

Patent Agent: 170K-180K

Patent Counsel: 190-230K

*Please note that for remote positions, salary may be adjusted for cost of living

Benefits Offered for Full-Time Employees: 

  • No premium cost for employees - 100% subsidized by ReCode for full-time employees
  • Company 401k contribution
  • 15 days of company paid holidays, including a holiday shutdown (usually the last week of the year)
  • Mental health support for employees & their families
  • FSA available, including a lifestyle spending account subsidized by company
  • Employee discounts at hotspots

ReCode Therapeutics ( offers a competitive compensation/benefits package with a friendly, collaborative culture that values employee engagement and ongoing career development.

ReCode Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Why Behind Our Work

We imagine a world where people living with genetic diseases can fully benefit from the promise of genetic medicines. Our novel mRNA and gene correction therapeutics have the potential to make this a reality.

Therapeutic Areas of Focus

Cystic fibrosis

Primary ciliary dyskinesia

Certain cancers and central nervous system (CNS) diseases

Power the Next Wave of Genetic Medicine

We are one of the rare companies whose innovations are poised to fundamentally shift an entire class of medicine.

Join us as we advance our pipeline into clinical development and scale ReCode’s next-generation genetic medicines delivery platform and pipeline.

Company info
1140 O'Brien Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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