The External Science & Innovation (Es&I), Emerging Science Lead-Immunology And Inflammation Head, West Coast

Pfizer San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 6 months ago

The External Science & Innovation (ES&I), Emerging Science Lead-Inflammation & Immunology Head, West Coast has the following accountabilities: To be a key driver in harnessing external innovation and strengthen Pfizer WRD's pre-clinical pipeline. The candidate will perform targeted outreach to the life sciences communities (including academia, biotech, venture firms, consortia, etc.) in key scientific hubs. The candidate will have dual responsibility for the pipeline enhancement of the cross RU as well as CTI by sourcing cutting edge science, target proposals, discovery projects,

To fulfill these responsibilities the candidate will have

  • long standing disease area expertise for diverse biology skills across Inflammation and immunology including autoimmune diseases and tolerance induction, as well as across other therapeutic areas such as metabolic and endorgan failure diseases, rare disease and/or oncology expertise (with a clearly demonstrated track record)
  • Demonstrated strong networking capabilities (internal & external)
  • experience in project leadership

The ES&I Emerging Science Lead will align and work with the Inflammation and Immunology research unit and CTI to help build the strategy for the early stage portfolio in collaboration with the Chief Scientific Officer and his or her leadership team and its execution in areas spanning all immunological disease areas.

The role supports Pfizer's broad strategic objectives which include creating a future R&D ecosystem where internal capabilities and science blend with external innovation and where breakthrough ideas can develop into differentiated medicines.

This role champions a culture of innovative thinking, scientific excellence, entrepreneurship and strategic execution.


In order of importance, indicate the primary responsibilities critical to the performance of the role. It is recommended not to list actual tasks but focus on 5-8 essential responsibilities that highlight accountability and level of judgment required.

The Emerging Science Lead responsibilities include:

  • Identify and evaluate external cutting edge emerging science of strategic fit for WRD in the discovery to clinical Candidate & Technology space to source partnerships (incl. research collaborations, licensing, acquisitions) for CTI and RUs

  • The ESL has networking & sourcing responsibilities for all Immunology and Inflammation related science across the West coast of the US & Canada in order to provide both CTI and RU with innovative cutting edge science, including novel biology, targets, Lead Discover, up to CAN projects, or breakthrough and enabling technologies & platforms from academia, biotech and other life science community sources

  • Network with CTI partnered and other leading academic institutions/PIs in key scientific hubs to source new projects and target ideas

  • Leverage Pfizer internal capability to establish WRD as partner-of-choice and secure partnerships (eg, through in kind contributions, equity investments, combination/leveraging Pfizer internal assets, etc.)

  • Lead early projects or partnerships sourced via ESF, ITEN, CTI as needed

  • Represent WRD at key events & conferences as needed in the respective region of responsibility


  • Requires seasoned PhD or MD/PhD with 10 years of industry experience in the I&I related R&D sector with strong scientific track record

  • Strong EQ for internal (within ES&I, RUs/WRD) and external networking and communication, including presentations to Pfizer leadership (ResCo, CSOs, WRD LT), potential external partners, and at scientific & partnering conferences

Prior Experience Preferred:

  • Experience in Inflammatory and Immunological Diseases as well as other scientific fields

  • Experience in developing scientific and business strategies to support innovative pharmaceutical product development in pharma/biotech.

  • Experience with search and evaluation, due diligence, relationship and collaboration building, alliance management.

  • Experience in pharmaceutical drug development (Idea to Candidate) process

  • Experience in managing/tracking R&D budgets

  • Experience with New Chemical Entity (NCE) and New Biologic Entity (NBE) products.

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate well across multiple business/group lines

A minimum of 25% travel required.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

  • Eligible for Relocation Package

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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The External Science & Innovation (Es&I), Emerging Science Lead-Immunology And Inflammation Head, West Coast