Early Clinical Development Lead, Neurology and Immunology Director Clinical Research

Posted 11 Jan 2023

Billerica, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 259722


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Your Role:


  • Early Clinical Development Lead represents the Global Clinical Development function in the Research Units’ relevant teams (e.g. Discovery Project Teams, DPT) and other appropriate committees.
  • Serve as the Early Clinical Development Representative within the DPTs or GPTs to ensure the definition of a clear path to FiH and PoC and related Go / No Go criteria – Early Clinical Development representatives may also serve as clinical leads within the DPTs.
  • Provide input into the clinical development/medical relevance of innovative targets, the design and interpretation of preclinical studies investigating efficacy, safety and biomarker profiling of novel compounds, at all phases of research and preclinical development.
  • Provide input into the design and interpretation of studies based on advanced analytics of real-world data (RWD), pre-clinical and clinical trial results, to support precision medicine strategies.
  • Contribute to the proposal, planning and implementation of investigational studies specifically addressing experimental medicine issues (e.g. patient profile, efficacy and safety biomarkers, identification of combination partners).
  • Contribute to the overall strategy for a biomarker-based patient selection across the related therapeutic areas together with the Biomarker functions and contribute to the generation of the iDP and clinical trial protocol.
  • Collaborate with Subteams to translate the preclinical data set into a meaningful and efficient early clinical development plan and designing associated clinical studies accordingly.
  • Critically review sections of documents including, but not limited to, protocols, the investigator brochure, clinical study reports, patient narratives, and submission related documents
  • Coordinate clinical R&D efforts involving reverse translational research in close collaboration with the Bioinformaticians, Biostatisticians and the group of Quantitative Pharmacology
  • Present the early clinical development strategy at investigator meetings, scientific advisory boards and health authority
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key opinion leaders with an emphasis on building active relationships with clinical centers
  • Provide input in the course of Due Diligence processes, to evaluate new assets and/or new technical platforms, to ensure their added value for the TA portfolio and the Organization.
  • Provide input to the evaluation of Investigator sponsored trials, to evaluate new assets and ensure their added value within the N&I portfolio


  • Serve as representative in relevant Committees
  • Support / Contribute to annual budget and resource planning.
  • Increase scientific knowledge in the Neurology and Immunology organization by attending international congresses and related workshops. Promote and assist the organization of scientific development activities within the Department, such as internal courses and inviting external speakers and contribute to development advisory board meetings.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Medical Degree (MD) with Ph.D or substantial post doctoral basic laboratory experience
  • In-depth knowledge of ICH-GCP and other applicable regulatory guidelines / practices
  • Extensive research experience documented by a track record of publication in scientific peer-reviewed journals


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful track record of clinical trial leadership, with in-depth understanding of the requirements for IND/CTA enabling studies and clinical trial procedures
  • Extensive experience in interactions with Health Authorities in Europe and US
  • Global recognition as expert in clinical drug development with profound knowledge in research, translational and precision medicine, clinical development from early development to proof-of concept
  • Requires substantial professional experience in Immunology, including clinical trials:
    • 8+ years of clinical experience in academia or industry
    • Experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, including a deep understanding of all development phases
  • Fluency in English
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and action / results driven
  • Very strong analytical skills and solid strategic orientation
  • Strong team player, able to work in a complex matrix organization with experience in multi-cultural and cross-functional teams
  • Working experience with relevant R&D interface partners, Research including a deep understanding of research methods, Pharmacology, DMPK, Toxicology & Safety Pharmacology, Biomarker development, Clinical Development & Operations and Regulatory Affairs
  • Understanding the needs of R&D as well as non-R&D (e.g. marketing, portfolio management) interface partners, external academic, biotech and pharmaceutical collaborators as well as regulatory agencies
  • Excellent initiative and driven by a strong sense of the urgency.
  • Ability to work in a constantly changing and challenging environment

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