Associate Director, External Innovation

  • Job Reference: 425342170-2
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Advert / Media / Entertainment
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The Position

Arrowhead is seeking a hands-on, science driven individual to seek out and assess advances in life sciences and chemistry with the potential to enhance Arrowhead's pipeline of therapeutics. The Associate Director, External Innovation will become the inhouse expert on next generation oligonucleotide and drug delivery technology through review of scientific literature, industry, development updates of relationships with key academics and industry contacts, and other relevant sources. This individual will work with Arrowhead's cross functional leadership team to evaluate the development path and commercial potential for early stage technologies and identify opportunities for academic and business collaborations, as well as targets for acquisition. The individual will have the opportunity to participate in key business development activities such as licensing and collaboration deals.

  • Systematically collect, track and analyze relevant information at an in-depth technical level through review of scientific publications, industry updates, company updates, conference attendance, and other sources
  • Interact with colleagues across R&D, legal, commercial, corporate development and other business functions to gather key information and data to inform areas of technology focus
  • Synthesize findings into relevant insights and continuously improve the research and presentation process
  • Develop informed perspectives about how findings fit with Arrowhead's strategic vision.
  • Make regular high quality and efficient presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain dashboards and tracking tools for technologies of interest
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key opinion leaders, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs in both academic and business settings
  • Support broader portfolio and business development teams with projects and tasks on an ad-hoc basis
  • PhD or advanced degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences, or MA/MS in relevant technical field with an MBA
  • 5-8 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development
  • Expert technical knowledge in gene-based therapeutics
  • Familiarity with landscape of academic and industry participants in areas of company interest
  • Ability to conduct independent, self-directed research
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to communicate complex technology concepts and technology value proposition to internal and external audiences
  • Strong oral presentation and written skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in research and development of gene-based therapeutics including RNAi therapeutics, CRISPR or RNA editing
  • Technology scouting experience