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Vice President, Biology

ADARx Pharmaceuticals Inc.
San Diego County, California, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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ADARx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in San Diego, is a biotechnology company committed to turning cutting-edge science into life-saving therapeutics. ADARx is developing a proprietary RNA targeting platform, including oligonucleotides for inhibition, degradation, and editing, together with novel oligonucleotide delivery technologies. ADARx has a growing pipeline of RNA targeting therapeutics for treating diseases across a range of therapeutic areas including genetic, cardiometabolic, complement-mediated diseases and central nervous system diseases.

ADARx currently has 11 active programs in development. Our lead programs are at IND-enabling stage. We are well-financed by a syndicate of renowned VC firms.

We are seeking an exceptional and highly motivated biology leader as Vice President, Head of Biology to lead our Discovery Biology team and to drive multiple cutting-edge discovery programs.

Job responsibilities include:
  • Serve as a member of senior leadership team of the Company
  • Provide strategic, scientific and operational leadership to project teams to advance drug discovery programs from early stage to candidate nomination
  • Responsible for broad biological drug discovery. Lead the team of biologists in the design, development, and execution of pre-clinical work to support progression of the programs
  • Collaborate with the cross-functional teams to propose and evaluate novel target and indication opportunities
  • Contribute to translational science strategy and future planning for the organization
  • Drive programs forward in a fast-paced environment
  • Interpret, summarize, and present research findings at internal and external scientific meetings
  • Lead collaborations with CROs
  • Develop budget and staff projections for biology team

  • Proven track record in leading biology teams and programs in a pharmaceutical company or biotech company
  • Demonstrated strong strategic, scientific, and operational leadership in biology
  • Deep understanding of classical pharmacological principles and drug discovery process
  • Ability to critically analyze and interpret data, and effectively document and communicate results and recommend next steps
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and speed in leading programs
  • Collaborative, team-oriented mindset with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to inspire, direct and manage scientists. Successful track record in managing biology department/teams including Ph.D. Scientists and Research Associates
  • Assay development expertise, including biochemical and cell-based assays
  • Experience in drafting regulatory documents
  • Experience in leading CROs
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Systems Biology, or related field with relevant post-doctoral employment experience
  • 15+ years of drug discovery experience with demonstrated success in drug discovery and development

  • Pay commensurate with experience
  • 401k with company match
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and FSA
  • Performance based bonuses
  • PTO and Holidays

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ADARx Pharmaceuticals is an EEO employer committed to an exciting, diverse, and enriching work environment.
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