Duties: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Business Development, the Associate Director, Corporate Alliances will be part of a dedicated business development team responsible for identifying, transacting and managing strategic alliances with corporate partners for the Penn Gene Therapy Program (GTP). This portfolio includes sponsored research agreements and broader multi-program strategic partnerships where Penn is responsible for taking the program through to completion of the Phase 1/2 clinical studies. To enable this, the Associate Director, Corporate Alliances will work closely with GTP colleagues, as well as the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI; including the Licensing, Corporate Contracts and PCI Ventures teams).
The Associate Director, Corporate Alliances will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of GTP's corporate relationships. These will include broad strategic partnerships with multiple research and translational programs, and significant financial responsibilities (individual partnerships include >$60M research funding, >$1B total milestone payments). The incumbent will have responsibility for managing complex tasks including being a key liaison between GTP, PCI and the alliance partner for compliance with all aspects of the alliance agreement and for supporting and coordinating relevant intellectual property and contractual management matters between GTP, PCI and the partner, as well as other research groups at Penn working in the agreement field. Responsibilities will include:
- Ensure that the overall strategy, key deliverables, milestones and timelines for the alliance are clearly tracked and communicated
- Ensure that regular and effective communication occurs between relevant parties
- Manage the Joint Steering Committee meetings, ensuring timely development of agendas, GTP inputs and managing the meeting/ capturing outcomes
- Ensure GTP deliverables to the collaboration (e.g., milestone decision point data packages) are provided in a timely manner and that the multi-disciplinary team within GTP with obligations to the collaboration is well organized
- Provide other organizational and alliance support to GTP where necessary and appropriate, including but not restricted to interactions with key partners within Penn, academic collaborators and CROs
- Interact with executive and senior management to ensure successful delivery of strategic initiatives relating to the collaboration
- Manage transfer of scientific protocols, reagents etc. between GTP and its partners and ensure transfer is coordinated in a timely and well documented manner
- Ensure collaboration team SharePoint is actively managed
- Work with GTP Fiscal Operations to ensure all financial reporting requirements are effectively managed
In addition to this, serves as the deputy to the Executive Director, Business Development to:
- Identify new opportunities for potential corporate alliances
- Manage the due diligence process for new agreements
- Help identify ways to improve the performance of the Business Development Team within GTP
Qualifications: The minimum of a Master's degree and 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible and applicable experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. PhD in life science is preferred. Experience in drug discovery/development and project management in a biopharma setting, in particular at the research/early development stage gained within the context of an active industry alliance. Significant experience in establishing and managing broad strategic partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies, including due diligence process, Joint Steering Committee management, and preparation of data packages for key decision points. Experience in, and working knowledge of, molecular biology, including gene therapy.
Experienced project manager with broad knowledge of principles in early drug discovery and preclinical development.
Proactive, highly detail-oriented professional with demonstrated track record of strong follow-through. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment. Effective oral and written communication skills. Established expertise in integrating the activities of distinct functional groups into project plan.
Capable of resolving important organizational problems and/or infusing innovation in a matrix oriented environment.
Reference Number: 40-21591
Salary Grade: 029
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration