Director/Sr. Director of Search & Evaluation, Business Development - Lexington, MA

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Active since 06-06-2018 Job category Sales: Business Development
Location Lexington, MA Level Mid-Senior level
Educational level Bachelor / Graduate Employment type -
Hours 40 Salary Competitive
uniQure is dedicated to bringing innovative therapies or unmet medical needs to patients. In doing so each function in uniQure is directly or indirectly responsible for the lives of patients. This responsibility should be part of our day-to-day working life by (i) living up to high quality standards and (ii) by recognizing the sense of urgency in areas of high medical need.

Purpose of the role

The Director/Senior Director will work with Business Development to build strong relationships within the research and biotech community and develop good ideas for uniQure’s next wave of innovative AAV gene therapy products. This will involve approaching the various sources of innovation such as university researchers, venture capital, and early stage biotech companies, as well as helping to lead the identification, evaluation and diligence for new assets and technologies. In this role, s/he will work closely with other colleagues at uniQure to build consensus for the ideas.

Key result areas (major duties, accountabilities and responsibilities):

  • Develop and execute an outreach strategy to find innovative opportunities for uniQure in the AAV gene therapy field
  • Visiting research institutions and researchers to establish good relationships and coverage of cutting edge activities
  • Developing good ideas for uniQure to pursue that are well thought-out and supported, and presenting the ideas for buy-in within the company
  • Working with cross-functional teams through the evaluation of opportunities
  • Integrating and summarizing scientific, clinical and market information and helping to develop the business case and overall assessment of the opportunity
  • Participating in diligence activities and contract negotiations as appropriate
  • Ensuring that all relevant supporting documentation for presentation to senior management and the board, and for transactions is of the highest quality and is reviewed and approved by stakeholders within the company


Qualifications & Skills:

  • 7-10 plus years biotechnology-pharmaceutical industry that demonstrates a strong track record of identifying and evaluating third party assets and technologies
  • PhD and/or MD preferred
  • Knowledge of AAV gene therapy technology and industry
  • Knowledge or familiarity with various CNS, liver, metabolic, and muscle diseases that could be amenable to gene therapy
  • Knowledge of the drug research and development process and the regulatory, reimbursement and commercial environments

Core competencies:

  • Ability to forge strong relationship within the research community to cover a wide landscape of innovation in many different field pertaining to gene therapy, and thoroughly assess opportunities for uniQure
  • Creativity and ingenuity to develop good ideas for uniQure to pursue as its next wave of products and technology
  • Ability to contribute positively to a team and help lead a culture of collaboration and teamwork
  • Strategic thinker who possesses both a solid business acumen and the ability to look beyond the current state and plan strategies that take into consideration the long-term business objectives and external competitive and business environment
  • Ability to simplify complex ideas/concepts, synthesize and summarize a complex set of facts and set opportunities within the broader strategic context
  • Comfortable with ambiguity around assessing new business opportunities
  • Adept at handling multiple projects and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Highly adaptable and able to manage and work through change
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and manage initiatives that require collaboration across multiple functional areas.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to enable interactions with potential partners and to drive the evaluation process and make recommendations
  • Ability to forge relationships internally, as well as externally.
  • A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases
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This listing is a full-time job

Job category Sales: Business Development
Industry / Industries Biotechnology
Region United States

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Name Jennifer Wagner