Head of Research and Development - DNA Vaccine

Suzhou Shi Permanent
  • China pioneer of DNA Vaccine Development
  • Established research facility and team

About Our Client

Our client is an innovative vaccine company with a high-value prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine pipeline driven by in-house developed technology platforms and industrial manufacturing capabilities. Its pipeline consists of potential first-in-class key assets developed to address diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV), which are diseases with huge unmet medical needs. It is also developing a series of cancer vaccine candidates, covering viral-related oncology, neoantigen-based therapeutic vaccines and tumor-associated antigen therapeutic vaccines.

Job Description

* Devise and lead the development and delivery of the overall vaccine discovery strategy
* Hire, manage and mentor new employees to build a diverse and capable team
* Work cohesively with the co-founders, investors, board members and company advisors/consultants to formulate the platform and program development strategy.
* With support of the Executive Team, define the corporate strategy and oversee company operations in the aspect of vaccine R&D
* Lead the development of preclinical data packages to support clinical development of a portfolio of vaccines
* Establish external collaborations with KOLs, academia and pharmaceutical companies, as needed.
* Keep abreast of the commercial and competitive landscape of the therapeutic field
* Effectively manage performance and promote individual development
* Create a positive, results-driven environment based on cross-functional teamwork and collaboration
* Ensure the company operates within the biotech industry regulatory framework and legislative guidelines

The Successful Applicant

  • PhD in immunology, molecular biology, genetics, or allied disciplines with proven success in vaccine discovery
  • Leadership experience in drug discovery gained in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry.
  • A track record of strategic decision making leading to value creation in R&D
  • Experience in leading the drug discovery process from target selection through candidate drug nomination.
  • Direct experience of a wide range of target classes and modalities, with deeper experience in biologics; vaccine or other biologics development preferred
  • Experience in establishing academic collaborations and relationships with CROs in China

What's on Offer

You will be offered an opportunity to advance leading DNA vaccine pipeline in China and work with the founding team directly.

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