Senior Director Gene Editing Technologies

South San Francisco, CA
Apr 11, 2024
Bachelors Degree
Full time

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 status quo, and who lead with the desire to work on novel ideas.  As a Senior Director Gene Editing Technologies within the Analytical Development department, you will report to the Vice President Head of Analytical Development and lead a function accountable for establishing deep characterization and knowledge of gene editing technologies used in the manufacture Sana’s cell therapy products. The position will also assume a key leadership role in the establishment of CMC control strategies for Sana’s pipeline.

What you’ll do

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight to ensure the implementation of state-of-the-art analytical technologies for RNA-based gene editing platforms from pre-clinical to commercial stages
  • Define and support the implementation of CQA-driven analytical strategies, oversee analytical method development, qualification, validation and Tech Transfer of lot release, stability, in-process and characterization methods for a diverse range of RNA platforms both in-house and at CMOs/CROs/CTLs.
  • Partner with Research, Tech Sciences, Process Development and Clinical teams to design characterization strategies that inform understanding regarding the impact of gene editing on cellular biology, including heterogeneity and function, to identify and justify critical quality
  • Serve as the Analytical Lead for cross-functional teams. In this role, you will be accountable for establishing science-driven, phase appropriate, and risk-based analytical development and control strategies to support cell therapy programs from clinical development to commercial registration
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert for GMP critical reagent supply and vendor selection, ensuring high-quality materials and strong partnerships with suppliers
  • Lead and support investigations for Out of Specification, and Out of Trend results, as well as Change Control, Deviations, and Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs), ensuring timely resolution and continuous improvement
  • Support the implementation of manufacturing process changes at CDMO, specifically for gene editing reagents, to ensure a smooth and successful development. Provide input to in-process characterization and analytical testing support for upstream, downstream, and formulation processes
  • Collaborate with Regulatory Affairs to author and review relevant sections of CMC documentation in support of INDs, including pre-IND meeting briefing documents, CTAs, BLA; comparability plans and reports
  • Work with Tech Ops stakeholders in AD/PD, Quality and Regulatory to set appropriate specifications, develop comparability strategies and support manufacturing investigations. Establish regular interface and build strong connections with CMOs and contract labs
  • Make sound decisions regarding complex technical issues and communicate decisions effectively with internal stakeholders, elevating complex issues as appropriate
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders including health authorities and industry organizations to identify trends and expectations and incorporate them into Sana’s CMC control strategies
  • Engage in crucial conversations by providing and receiving feedback supporting the growth and development of team members
  • Demonstrate ability to engage and effectively influence team members across multidisciplinary teams while prioritizing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Drive curiosity, scientific rigor and excellent problem-solving skills across a fast-paced performance driven environment
  • Innate ability to assess talent that will help grow the organization and add to Sana’s culture

What we’re looking for

  • B.Sc. in Immunology, Cell Biology, or other related disciplines and 12+ years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry or equivalent combination of education and work experience, including 5+ years of experience in adoptive T-Cell based therapies
  • Significant experience with CMC drug development, specifically cell and gene therapy programs particularly in development of gene edited cellular therapy programs
  • Significant experience driving characterization of gene edited cellular therapy products to advance product understanding, process development and the establishment of control strategies
  • Significant hands-on experience with advanced analytical platforms i.e. biophysical techniques including Capillary Electrophoresis, HPLC-based platforms, Mass Spectrometry and related data analysis
  • Strong working knowledge and interpretation of FDA/EMA and ICH regulations and guidelines.
  • Experience with testing support for GLP and GMP environments, quality documentation, technical troubleshooting as related to process development and manufacturing
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, independent thought and learning agility
  • Demonstrated track record of success in building, leading and empowering teams; excellent ability to work collaboratively in a complex, matrixed, fast-paced environment; demonstrated talent to foster team productivity and cohesiveness, as well as the skills to drive innovation within the team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including well-developed presentation skills. Ability to communicate effectively with others internally and externally across organizations
  • Proven track-record of effective cross-functional collaborations and leading with curiosity and influence across functional and organizational line
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively work through change and ambiguity

What will separate you from the crowd

  • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing and related data analyses
  • Experience using statistical approaches to data analyses

What you should know 

  • The base pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $240,000 to $290,000/year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience

How we work together for patients

  • 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.