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VP Neuroscience Discovery and Translational Medicine

Reference Number: 2873
Location: Midwest

Our client is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a VP Neuroscience Discovery and Translational Medicine.

The VP Neuroscience Discovery and Translational Medicine develops and executes a scientific strategy that delivers compelling opportunities to the company’s pipeline and ultimately breakthrough new therapies for treating immunological diseases.  This will involve driving a deep understanding of disease biology and using this understanding to maximize the probability of success of clinical development programs.  The incumbent will specifically be responsible for the company’s Foundational Immunology organization composed of 40+ highly dedicated, experienced immunology researchers.  This organization is devoted to the selection and validation of high quality target mechanisms for drug discovery programs as well as translational strategies to enable clinical proof of concept studies.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Leverages a global network within the Immunology research community to establish research collaborations with leading academic and biotech laboratories.
  • Aligns and partners with the broader organization to provide scientific insights that advance compelling targets into the pipeline, including access to appropriate cellular and animal models, selection of optimal pharmacodynamic and predictive biomarkers, development of appropriate companion diagnostics and introduction of new technologies.
  • Advises on and share accountability for transitions across major drug discovery/development milestones.
  • Helps access and evaluate the scientific merits of potential biotechnology alliances.
  • Helps to extract value from the company’s participation in public-private consortia.
  • Evaluates both internal pipeline and external licensing opportunities.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • MD, MD/PhD, or PhD in immunology.
  • A minimum of 15 years of post-doctoral experience in the field of Immunology.
  • A demonstrated passion to translate basic science into transformational therapies, and back-translate clinical findings into discovery programs.
  • A widely recognized reputation of innovation and ability to recognize transformational opportunities, including an exceptional publication record, demonstrated ability to obtain significant funding for innovative research proposals, influential participation in study sections, membership on editorial boards, and intellectual property generation.
  • Ability to anticipate and prioritize industry emerging scientific trends and continually develop, pioneer and implement breakthrough solutions and technology.
  • Keen understanding of state-of-the-art Immunology clinical practices, translational strategies and biomarker technologies.
  • An extensive network of connections with leading investigators in the global immunology field actively supporting open exchange of expert opinions and visions of technology.
  • Prior pharmaceutical/biotech industry experience including the advancement of innovative new approaches to early development is a plus.
  • Track record of attracting, retaining and developing talent in the academic or commercial setting.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in interacting with executive-level management.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 2873. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.