Director, Technology External Innovation
Moderna Therapeutics

Job Order #: 20951853

Cambridge, MA 02141

Full Time

40 hours per week

POSTED 6/8/2024

EXPIRES 9/1/2024

Job Description

The Role:
Moderna is seeking a Director of Technology External Innovation specializing in nucleic acid and delivery platforms. This leadership role is ideal for a strategic visionary who combines a self-initiative spirit with an ability to engage senior leadership both within and outside the company. The successful candidate will guide strategic decision-making and innovation to impact the Moderna platform while serving as a crucial link between internal experts and external academics and companies. As Director, you will be expected to independently drive initiatives and strategies, harnessing a comprehensive understanding of the RNA and delivery technology landscapes. You will need to be proactive in identifying emerging trends and technologies that can enhance Moderna's competitive edge and operational excellence. Your role will involve synthesizing complex scientific knowledge and landscape insights into strategic plans that foster robust internal collaboration while effectively managing relationships with external partners. The focus of various initiatives will encompass nucleic acid innovations and chemistries, delivery systems, process and manufacturing enhancement and optimization, and gene editing tools.

Here's What You'll Do:

* Proactive Leadership: Exhibit a high degree of initiative and drive in identifying and pursuing new technological opportunities, fostering an environment of innovation and forward-thinking.

* Strategic Influence: Engage regularly with senior internal leaders to guide the company's technology strategy, ensuring alignment with broader business objectives.

* Collaborative Integration: Maintain strong collaborative ties with key internal experts, facilitating a seamless flow of information and strategies between R&D, IP/legal, and business development teams and external entities.

* External Leadership: Represent Moderna in scientific deep-dives and due diligences, and discussions with external entities, establishing yourself as a key spokesperson in the scientific and business communities.

* Landscape and Technology Mastery: Continuously update and maintain expert knowledge of the competitive landscape and technology trends in RNA and LNP fields, translating these into actionable strategic initiatives.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

* PhD in life sciences field with 8+ years of relevant experience in industry setting. 4+ years of direct experience with mRNA technology innovation preferred.

* Proven track record in the following areas:

* Cross-Functional Leadership: Demonstrated expertise in driving cross-functional projects that frequently span the executive team, business development, contracts, intellectual property, and R&D functions.

* External Innovation: Established and developed an external innovation team and strategy, including founding and developing a search and evaluation function for competitive intelligence, collaboration, and in-licensing. This includes a broad range of technologies such as gene editing platforms, transient and epigenetic cell modifications, cell therapy engineering, nucleic acid biology and manufacturing, and viral and non-viral nucleic acid delivery systems.

* Deal Execution: Successfully executed and managed multiple collaboration, option, and license agreements in conjunction with legal and business developm
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