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Director, Scientific Strategy, Cell Therapy & Immuno-Oncology

Company: Astellas
Location: South San Francisco
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing a Director, Scientific Strategy, Cell Therapy & Immuno-Oncology opportunity at their Xyphos site in South San Francisco, CA.


The Director, Scientific Strategy for Cell Therapy and Immuno-Oncology will provide enterprise-wide cancer biology and immunology expertise, advice and guidance to the research and preclinical activities of the Astellas Cell Therapy Center of Excellence and PFIO (PF-IO) Cell Therapy Program. The Director will be a member of the teams responsible for the IO Cancer Cell programs and collaborations at AIRM, Universal Cell, and DDR. The Director will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the functional interdependencies and critical path of immunologic activities from discovery to Candidate Nomination (CN). This senior advisor position will also provide immunology expertise for preclinical development and manufacturing efforts after CN. This position will participate with Xyphos COE Leadership team and Primary Focus-Immuno-Oncology (PF-IO) Lead in development of immuno-oncology research strategy.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

* Provide enterprise-wide cancer biology, immuno-oncology and immunology expertise, advice, and guidance, reporting to the Senior Director of Scientific Strategy. * Develop a strategic critical path to progress and accelerate Cell Therapy IO asset development. * Facilitate meaningful interpretation and assessment of immuno-oncology data and opportunities for decision making with Business Development. * Participates in relevant current and future cell therapy research collaborations and partnerships with academic institutions and companies. * Leads COE planning efforts by identifying specific capability and partnership needs. * Initiates and manages relationships with KOLs and attend relevant IO scientific meetings as indicated. * Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.



* PhD. with 14+ years, MS with 20+ years or BS with 25+ years of relevant experience. * Excellent scientific written/oral communication skills. * Demonstrated industry experience or academic achievement, as evidenced by drug development portfolio or publications in high impact journals. * Ability to foster and balance a culture of compliance within a culture of innovation * Strategic thinking; ability to influence without authority, in a matrix environment * Strong time-management and organizational skills coupled with a sense of urgency and strong work ethic. * Critical thinking skills, robust technical writing skills, strong immunology skills, good interpersonal communication skills. * Collaborative team player -- communicate well with team members, think the best for the teams, act quickly, identify creative solutions to complex problems, respect others, embrace diversity and be accountable. * Proficient knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Project or an equivalent.


* PhD with 10+ years of post-doctoral experience in cancer biology, immunology, immuno-oncology and drug development. * Experience in global company, which needs coordination of multiple sites speak different languages.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Keywords: Astellas, South San Francisco , Director, Scientific Strategy, Cell Therapy & Immuno-Oncology, Other , South San Francisco, California

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