Senior Scientist & Director of Corperate Development

Location: Andover, MA
Job Code: 160
# of openings: 1


Senior Scientist & Director of Corporate Development

Join Ora to build the ophthalmology pipeline of the future



Who is Ora and who are our employees:


At Ora, we strive to deliver exceptional service by hiring driven team players that are intellectually curious, eager to learn, pursue growth, and have the stamina to make an impact in our fast-paced environment.   Our team is made up of leaders who have successfully built numerous companies in life sciences and beyond. We are a family-founded organization that is an industry leader and innovator in the development of therapeutics in ophthalmology.


We value high performance teams, and we want to work with people that embody our foundational competencies:

  • Innovative: We believe that re-thinking the status quo is imperative and that new ideas can and should come from everyone on the team.
  • Collaborative: Every interaction, whether with a client or a colleague, should be impactful, respectful and leave them excited to work with you again.
  • Execution-Oriented and Accountable: The kind of change that is necessary will not come without breaking a few eggs, so we have the courage to be adventurous and try new things, but we also admit when something is not working, own it and do it better the next time.



Summary of Position:

As a Senior Scientist & Director of Corporate Development, you will have the opportunity to work at the frontier of retinal drug development and shape an incubated startup company. You will lead the identification, seeking and licensing efforts for new therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR). You will identify potential therapeutics for licensing and development within tech transfer departments at universities and through repurposing from pharma/biotech. You will then participate in guiding the non-clinical and clinical development of identified and acquired assets, including scenario planning for development options, fund raising/road shows, vendor evaluations and negotiations, regulatory and overall development strategy.


You will develop partnerships and business plans to grow this new company from the ground up.



Primary Responsibilities:


  • Collaborate with Ora’s cross functional teams to incubate and build and a newly founded AMD and DR start up biotech company
  • Create a landscape map of the AMD and DR therapeutic space to identify target product profiles, gaps and opportunities
  • Analyze and interpret biological data to support the potential application of new drug targets
  • Reach out to tech transfer and licensing departments at universities and pharma/biotech to seek therapeutic assets that fit within the landscape map
  • Participate in asset evaluation by reviewing literature, MOAs, preclinical/clinical data, target product profiles, CMC and analyzing clinical trial data, summarizing competitive product reviews
  • Build discounted cash flow models for potential assets
  • Participate in the structure and negotiation of deals to acquire or develop partnerships for target assets
  • Assist with the management of private financings, including investor targeting, preparing presentations and models for investors, and organizing a ‘roadshow’ and investor/bank diligence
  • Develop financial and development plans for potential and acquired assets, including formulation/CMC, toxicology and clinical development planning for global product development. Map capital investments required for different project development scenarios.
  • Design, manage, and execute pharmacology and IND enabling studies
  • Identify and manage vendor selection, contract negotiation, design and development, user testing, adoption and change management, and stakeholder management.



To Land This Job, You Should Have:


  • A strong Retinal Biology research background and preferably a PhD in area of Retina Biology
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in rolling up your sleeves
  • A problem solver, creative and the ability to tackle problems head on
  • An understanding and passion for the drug development process, including knowledge of the regulatory requirements for IND enabling data/studies and general clinical development requirements
  • Licensing/deal structure knowledge or desire to learn
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, including strong user skills in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • The ability to work full-time in Andover, Massachusetts
  • Prior experience as an associate/junior analyst at an investment firm is a plus



What You’ll Love About Ora:


  • Competitive Salary – Along with the opportunity for career growth
  • Great Company Culture – We encourage our employees to demonstrate creativity, innovation, and collaboration. We work together, are friends with one another, and even run competitive races together.
  • Health Benefits – Ora is committed to our employees’ health and overall wellness. We offer fitness reimbursement, a generous vacation policy, robust health insurance, and 401k programs.
  • Diversity and Inclusion – We strive to hire and create a diverse employee group because we believe diversity creates stronger teams, generates fresh ideas, and drives our success.







Ora maintains preferred vendors for all permanent and temporary recruitment. All resumes submitted by search firms or recruitment professionals to any employee at Ora in any form without a current signed search agreement will be deemed the sole property of Ora and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ora.


Ora is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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