Scientific Entrepreneur- External Portfolio Innovation Unit

Biogen Idec Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 3 months ago

Job Description:

A scientific leadership role with a major focus on entrepreneurial approaches to accelerate translation of exploratory science platforms into enabled drug discovery projects from early target identification programs through to clinical development. We are seeking an accomplished scientist, able to effectively engage scientific leaders across the global research ecosystem to build cross institutional and multi-disciplinary project teams which will advance novel biological concepts to targets and clinical assets.

Deep knowledge of drug discovery, high business acumen along and an outstanding ability to identify emerging scientific opportunities which have the potential to offer breakthrough medicines will be essential characteristics of the successful candidate. The successful candidate will interact with external innovators in academia, patient groups and venture to build novel collaborations and implement creative business concepts to enrich the internal portfolio. The Scientific Entrepreneur will represent Biogen as a leader in joint research steering committees and Boards of new companies.

The Scientific Entrepreneur will guide and oversee the efforts of Entrepreneurs in Residence placed at key innovation hubs around the globe. The Scientific Entrepreneur will be a core member of the External Portfolio Innovation Unit (EPIU) Leadership Team and will represent the Unit in internal governance and scientific committees.


Major focus on enabling successful drug discovery programs arising from target biology and an understanding of fundamental disease mechanisms.

Builds and leads external research programs as Research and Development Project Leader from idea through to the clinic.

Manages interactions across a broad range of disciplines relevant to drug discovery, including chemistry, high throughput screening, pharmacokinetics and metabolism, statistics, safety sciences and clinical development.

Continuously seeks emerging science with the potential to yield transformative medicines and research capabilities.

Connects with innovators across the research ecosystem to build scientifically driven and business minded research collaborations.

Influences key partners in academia and venture to build novel, win-win, business paradigms.

Manages flexible research budgets effectively to ensure successful program execution.

Develops and implements effective scientific strategies to ensure coordination of publication and intellectual property protection objectives.

Interacts effectively with internal research leaders to ensure strategic alignment with diseases area strategies.

Nurtures productive relationships with early startups.

Represents effectively the interests of Biogen in joint research steering committees for collaborations and as Board/SAB member of startups.

Guides and oversees the efforts of entrepreneurs in residence at key innovation hubs to ensure a sustainable pipeline of novel projects.

10+ years of experience in drug discovery in pharma or biotechnology companies with a rich track record of delivery on successful drug discovery programs. and development of scientific strategy required for execution.

Competency in leadership skills and experience with drug-discovery/development project leadership

Track record of working effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

Ability to effectively facilitate meetings with scientific partners and ensure alignment with RU goals.

Documented ability to understand, drive, and demand scientific rigor.

Exceptional operational thinking coupled with strong organization skills.

Demonstrated success in negotiating the environment of a highly matrix ecosystem

Possesses a detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical research and development process. Specific knowledge of Biogen's research and development a plus.


PhD/MD or equivalent in scientific disciplines such as neurobiology, neuroscience, psychiatry, chemistry, Pharmacokinetics and Dynamics (DMPK).

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