Head, Biologics Development

St.-Prex, Switzerland

Posted: 22-Mar-2018

Ref#: FER-0050 / BR400

Headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about Ferring or its products please visit www.ferring.com.

In our Headquarter in St-Prex/Lausanne (Switzerland), we are looking for a:

Head Biologics Development

Your mission

The “Head of Biologics Development” will build and lead an innovative, lean, state-of-the-art & competitive Biologics Development function leveraging internal and external capabilities to deliver a competitive pipeline consisting of Antibodies and other Biologics. He/she will build, lead, manage and coordinate all activities in support of Biologics Process Development applying state of the art technologies to deliver highly competitive biotech processes (in terms of quality, costs and timelines) and for providing preclinical and clinical material leveraging internal and external capabilities. He/she will work closely with Product Supply to guarantee seamless handover of projects along the value chain.

The incumbent will be responsible for planning, implementation and running of a competitive and lean state of the art process development infrastructure at our headquarter in Saint-Prex including scouting and implementation of cutting edge process technologies supporting development of Antibodies and other engineered Biologics.

Your Responsibilities
  • Build and lead an innovative, lean, state-of-the-art & competitive Biologics development function (i.e. antibodies) leveraging internal and external capabilities to deliver a competitive pipeline consisting of antibodies and other engineered Biologics.  
  • Lead and coordinate all activities in support of Antibody lead optimization, monoclonal cell line generation, API biotech process development/clinical manufacturing and their progression until launch with highest quality and competitive timelines to the full satisfaction of internal stakeholders.
  • Lead and inspire “Biologics Development” team as a proactive function, acting with a competitive spirit eager to deliver better than external providers and faster than industry benchmark
  • Develop internally/externally state of the art biotech API processes tailored for clinical material for the different preclinical and clinical phases as well as for commercial manufacturing focusing on high quality and defined process performance to ensure competitive COGs (including QbD)
  • Manage internal and external clinical Biotech API preclinical and clinical manufacturing
  • Deliver biotech API-related scientific input to all requested regulatory documents (INDs/IMPDs)
  • Identify, drive, maintain and manage internal and external innovation in the Biologics development space in alignment with stakeholders.
  • Identify, develop and maintain state of the art technologies to ensure competitive pipeline progression. Provide strategic support to other global functions & stakeholders as appropriate
  • Identify implement and maintain strategic privileged partnerships with CROs/CMOs  to maximize efficiency and output of the “Biologics Development” function

Required Experience & Competences
  • 10 years+ experience in Biologics discovery and development in the pharmaceutical/ biotech industry
  • PhD in science, preferably biology/biochemistry, pharmaceutics or chemistry 
  • Proven expertise in Biologics discovery and development in a complex management environment
  • Proven expertise in discovery and development of engineered therapeutic antibodies
  • Fluent in English (written and verbal communication; additional languages preferred)

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