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Director, Immunology External Innovation

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Position Title: Director, Immunology External Innovation

Location: Cambridge, MA

Job Responsibilities/Department Description:

The Global Business Development & Licensing (BD&L) department is part of Sanofi Partnering, a Global Enabling Function within the Sanofi Group.  The mission of Global BD&L is to seek and execute external growth initiatives to address the Sanofi Group´s strategic priorities.  This mission is fully supporting Sanofi´s strategic roadmap, specially aligned with the following strategic priorities: Reshape the portfolio and sustain innovation across Research, Development and Commercial portfolios. 

The key activities of Global BD&L are the search, evaluation, structuring, negotiation and closing of strategic alliances with external companies, involving products, product-related assets and platforms.

The main responsibilities of Global BD&L include:

  • Seek and execute external growth and collaboration opportunities in coherence with the Group´s strategy.

  • Evaluate the economic interest of external projects maximizing value creation for the Group. 

The External Innovation Team within Global Business Development and Licensing is responsible for leading the search and assessment of R&D and commercial opportunities, in alignment with the Sanofi Genzyme Global Business Unit priorities.  Sanofi Genzyme is the Specialty Care business unit, responsible for the research, development and commercialization of products across the following therapeutic areas:  Immunology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Rare Diseases and Genomic Medicine.

Job Purpose

As a member of the Inflammation & Immunology (I&I) External Innovation team and reporting to the Head of Inflammation & Immunology External Innovation, the individual will contribute to, and play a leadership role in the identification and partnering of external innovation opportunities that would help defend, sustain, accelerate and expand the I&I Therapeutic Area in Sanofi.

Principal Job Duties

  • Search and Evaluation: The individual will participate in global external search and evaluation for the Inflammation & Immunology Therapeutic Area. The scope of search is throughout the product life cycle, with strong emphasis on pre-PoC assets. Evaluation activity focuses on assets or technologies that will enter the I&I R&D portfolio and includes execution of CDAs and in-depth technical assessment (pre-due diligence) with Research, Development, Commercial colleagues and other appropriate stakeholders prior to the formal decision to initiate Due Diligence in collaboration with the Business Development & Licensing Due Diligence group.

  • Active deal projects: The individual will (i) identify and propose attractive deal opportunities, (ii) ensure high quality project leadership and management from project initiation to Therapeutic Area Review Committee (TARC), and to final transaction for external projects, technologies and assets (iii) manage the overall interface to corporate level governance comprising of Therapeutic Area Review Committee (TARC), Research Working Group (RWG) and Development Working Group (DWG) (iv) align resources and decision making throughout the deal process in collaboration with Business Development transactions colleagues and (v) provide input/guidance to optimal scientific deal structures and inflection points, minimizing contractual risk.

  • Strategic contribution: The individual will also support, lead or serve as a thought partner for ad-hoc deep dives, information-gathering and forecasting exercises in immunology partnering opportunities, in collaboration with Research, Development, Commercial, Strategy and M&A colleagues.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MD degree(s) in Immunology or a closely related field.

  • Extensive scientific experience, preferably obtained through >7 year experience in multiple functions in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry. Outstanding scientific excellence in Inflammation & Immunology demonstrated by strong publication record, as well as discovery and early clinical development expertise in I&I.

  • Experience in search & evaluation, business development, alliance management, academic technology transfer process is highly desirable.

  • Evidence of organizational and project management skills.

  • Deep commitment and high performance demonstrated in all aspects of work.

  • Solid fluency in English – verbal and written.

Core Competencies

The ideal candidate has deep experience and knowledge of global drug discovery and early development activities, with an excellent understanding of all aspects of preclinical drug discovery

  • Must have in-depth knowledge in Inflammation & Immunology drug discovery and development, preferably in multiple disease areas and sub-disciplines in immunology

  • Ideally, particularly in the absence of deep therapeutic knowledge, should have multi-year successful track record in external R&D, search & evaluation, partnering and/or business development. Excellent track record of identifying, implementing and managing novel partnering opportunities.

  • A solid understanding of science and technologies and their impact on the overall business.

  • Strategic thinking, clarity of thought, strong multi-tasking, organizational and project management skills.

  • Excellent networking ability in cross-cultural environments inside and outside Sanofi. Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

  • Negotiation skills across all levels of the organization and with external parties.

  • Excellent problem-solving, conflict-resolution, decision-making and cross-functional leadership skills in highly matrixed environments. High ethical standards, data-centric objective mindset, attention to detail, comfortable with resolution of ambiguity, poise under pressure and the ability to influence without authority.

  • Ability to represent Sanofi in external scientific/academic world and to act as an ambassador for Sanofi at scientific and business conferences.

  • Willingness to travel nationally/internationally as needed.

The position is based in the Cambridge, MA with availability to travel as required for interaction with external groups and companies, internal teams and stakeholders.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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