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Vice President, Clinical Development

Reference Number: 3951
Location: MA

Our client is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic compounds. They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Vice President, Clinical Development.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Builds and organizes the clinical development team.  
  • Designs and implements the clinical development strategy and clinical protocols.
  • Delivers high quality clinical programs, from first-in-human trials, through to full development (Phase 3 and potentially Phase 3b/4).
  • Serves as the medical lead for clinical stage programs.
  • Oversees all medical aspects of the operational conduct of clinical studies (e.g. safety/benefit risk determination, protocol deviation review, clinical quality, etc.), partnering closely with heads of clinical operations, pharmacovigilance, clinical quality, and biometrics.
  • Provides medical leadership for key areas of clinical operational strategy, particularly with respect to site selection, enrollment, feasibility, etc.
  • Serves as the primary, point of escalation for all issues identified which may affect the quality and integrity of clinical studies.
  • Represents the company to all external stakeholders supporting the conduct of clinical trials, including  CROs, clinical consultants, investigational sites, etc.
  • Responsible for the medical integrity of clinical study reports and data interpretation/communication.
  • Authors clinical sections of regulatory submissions (INDs, briefing books, BLAs, NDAs, etc.).
  • Represents the company at regulatory meetings including presentation at Advisory Committee Meetings.
  • Actively participates with the corporate leadership team on the strategic direction of business and provide guidance on opportunities/hurdles that may be forecasted.
  • Supports business development, potential product evaluation, and due diligence.
  • Supports medical affairs by providing commercial and post-marketing insight to ensure effective clinical trial design and data generation.
  • Participates in developing the strategy for filings outside the US.
  • Develops and manages budgets required to implement clinical development plans, and regularly report plan progress to stakeholders.
  • Provides medical/clinical expertise to internal (Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Managed Care, Regulatory Affairs, R&D, and Legal) and external (healthcare professionals, data safety monitoring boards, patients, advocacy groups, etc.) customers.
  • Works with Corporate Affairs Group to foster patient advocacy group relationships.
  • Leads and conducts the performance management and merit process throughout the year for the clinical development team; this includes assuring clinical development employees are properly managed, qualified, and trained to perform their jobs effectively.
  • Coaches, manages, and mentors direct reports while providing job enrichment and developmental opportunities.
  • Assures timely goal and individual development plan setting.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Requires an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of management experience in the pharmaceutical industry within medical affairs, clinical development, or equivalent.
  • Sub-specialization training or industry experience in hematology, nephrology, ophthalmology, or rare/orphan diseases highly preferred.
  • Experience thriving in a small/entrepreneurial setting is highly preferred.
  • Must be a team player with strong negotiation, problem-solving, and strategic influencing skills.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills required. Including the ability to effectively articulate highly technical/complex scientific data and concepts to audiences with differing scientific and technical knowledge.
  • Requires the proven ability to perform successfully under stringent timelines and with changing and competing priorities.

If interested, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 3951.  No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.

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