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Senior Director of Legal and Intellectual Property

Biotechnology company dedicated to transforming the treatment of devastating diseases through the intracellular delivery of biologics. Our technology enables the efficient intracellular delivery of proteins, peptides and nucleic acids, thus allowing for the development of programs across several intracellular target classes. The Company’s novel approach addresses current challenges associated with both large and small molecule therapeutics and represents a fundamental advancement in the delivery of molecules into the cytosol.

Position Summary

We are hiring for a strategically-minded and detail-oriented Director of Legal and Intellectual Property with life sciences industry experience. This individual will be responsible for building and leading the Company’s intellectual property strategy by working collaboratively with both the research organization and the business functions. The successful hire will play a central role in shaping corporate strategy, act as a trusted legal advisor within the company and have a direct and significant impact on of multiple intracellular biologics programs. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Closely partner with the R&D organization to identify, develop and execute strategies to protect the Company’s intellectual property
  • Lead the drafting and prosecution of patent applications as in-house counsel to develop global, comprehensive intellectual property portfolios
  • Manage the existing patent portfolios and closely work with relevant collaborators
  • Provide patentability, freedom-to-operate and other legal opinions and risk assessments
  • Monitor competitive intellectual property, conduct prior art searches and respond to administrative challenges by third parties
  • Support business development and other contractual processes by drafting, negotiating and reviewing key legal and intellectual property-related aspects
  • Review publications, presentations, press releases and other materials for clearance
  • Effectively manage external relationships with outside counsel
  • Effectively inform and advise senior management on corporate legal issues


  • 5+ years of experience acting as patent counsel on biologics, either at a biotech or pharma company and/or representing such companies at a law firm
  • J.D. and admission in good standing to the state bar
  • Advanced degree in the biological sciences
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Strategic thinker who can anticipate legal and intellectual property-related issues and formulate and execute a course of action to address such issues
  • Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills who will act as a trusted partner for the R&D and G&A organizations
  • Significant experience drafting and negotiating agreements and contracts
  • Significant experience working collaboratively in a cross-functional team spanning scientific, clinical business and legal
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple workstreams simultaneously
  • Ability to work efficiently in fast-paced, changing environments and respond effectively in challenging and ambiguous situations

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