Scientific Director, Quantitative Pharmacology

Posted 08 Nov 2021

Billerica, Massachusetts - United States

Req Id 233020



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United As One for Patients, our purpose in Healthcare is to help create, improve and prolong lives. We develop medicines, intelligent devices and innovative technologies in therapeutic areas such as Oncology, Neurology and Fertility. Our teams work together across 6 continents with passion and relentless curiosity in order to help patients at every stage of life. Joining our Healthcare team is becoming part of a diverse, inclusive and flexible working culture, presenting great opportunities for personal development and career advancement across the globe.

Your Role:

The Scientific Director, in Quantitative Pharmacology (QP) within the broader Translational Medicine organization is a strategic, scientific and cross-functional role of deploying strategic MID3 & pharmacometrics (PMx) plans as well as leading programs as Clinical Pharmacology Expert Team Lead from the early translational to the late-stage clinical development in cross functional drug discovery and development project teams. The individual will work in close collaboration with colleagues in Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Research, Clinical Development and other colleagues within the R&D organization and represent QP in global project teams (GPT).

The individual is expected to know the Clinical pharmacology (CP) strategy and the ways to integrate MID3 plans to develop novel medicines with the right dose (level, regimen and adjustments with different conditions and specific populations) and right drug combination for the right patient population and to provide health authorities and prescribers with appropriate information.  

The Scientific Director provides strong leadership for integrating individual functional contributions from QP, developing MID3 strategy in alignment with the overall clinical development plan, seeking the endorsement from management, and executing the program strategy/plan according to appropriate timeline.


  • This scientific leader will enable strategic integration of advanced modeling & simulation (M&S) methodologies (e.g., disease models, model-based meta-analysis, Bayesian decision analytics, clinical trial simulations, RWD pharmacometrics, AI/ML)  for assigned small molecule and biologics projects across disease areas, in alignment with the overall clinical development plan. A key expectation of this role is proactive alignment with key stakeholders on the MID3 strategy, and execution of the agreed upon strategy/plan according to appropriate timelines to influence internal decision-making and contribute to regulatory filings.
  • The scope includes the internal programs from exploratory development (ED) through life cycle management, and relevant external collaboration programs of all stages related to CP discipline, encompassing large and small molecule therapeutics/drug candidates across different therapeutic areas.


Your Responsibilities

  • Ensures that CP & MID3 strategy is developed, aligned (with cross-functional development plans), endorsed and executed with studies scheduled in a cost-effective manner to support the indication, patient population, and phase of development while taking into account the competitive landscape
  • Chair regular CP Expert Team meetings, record minutes, and provide decisions / recommendations to line management and the Program Lead or Manager (PgL/PgM) or Global project team (GPT)
  • Be accountable, conduct  and/or oversee Pharmacometrics (PMx) deliverables (e.g., population PK, PK/PD, exposure-response, PBPK) and corresponding regulatory submission documents for assigned programs across the drug development lifecycle
  • The preparation of CP related section of major clinical and regulatory documents (clinical protocols, IBs, CTDs, INDs, NDAs, IMPDs, briefing books, etc.)  and cross-functional responses to health authority ‘requests for information’ concerning the CP scientific areas
  • Contribute to external presentations and publications and be an actively engaged ambassador of EMD Serono in the broader scientific/ professional community of clinical pharmacology and pharmacometrics.
  • Keep up-to-date with scientific development in MID3 space and share expertise with colleagues
  • Interacts with the leader from TxM biomarker expert team to represent a unified view from TxM aiming at selecting right dose, right combination and right population
  • May need to contribute as a member of in-licensing due diligence teams if needed
  • Participate into MID3 research by mentoring summer interns or managing academic externalized works as needed


Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 7+ years (Bio)pharmaceutical industry and/or postdoctoral experiences with a doctorate (PhD, PharmD or MD) relevant in the related disciplines of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacology or engineering;


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of clinical drug development strategies, and quality related requirements in drug development in GXP-related areas.
  • Excellent knowledge of drug discovery & development
  • Track record in delivering in discovery and development settings
  • Hands-on experience in PMX approaches and strategies to be deployed in drug development programs, including but not limited to population PK/PD, disease progression modeling, clinical trial simulations,
  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of statistics, including Bayesian methodologies, as relevant to population modeling, trial simulations, model-based meta-analyses, and other advanced pharmaco-statistical techniques in pharmacometrics.
  • Demonstrated ability to present strategy and discuss outcome of model-based approaches via interactions with governance boards and regulatory agencies and promote MIDD internally and externally
  • Demonstrated ability for productive collaboration in a multi-disciplinary team, using effective communication and taking personal accountability for timely delivery of results.
  • Clear evidence of ability to make sound judgement in complex situations and adapt to changing business needs by prioritizing multiple tasks.
  • General knowledge of oncology, immuno-oncology, and/or immunology, and more in depth understanding of biology and pharmacology is a plus.
  • Experience working with both small molecules and biologics is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proactivity to cultivate a network of productive relationships in an international matrix environment
  • Outstanding presentation, communication and organization skills; ability to lead, influence, and motivate others


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