Team Lead of Drug Product Development (all genders)

Posted 06 Nov 2023

Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud - Switzerland

Req Id 269316


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Your role:

Reporting to the Head of Early-stage Parenteral Drug Product Development in the Global Drug Product Development organization (GDPD), you have the opportunity to significantly contribute to the roll-out of high-tech CMC development laboratories in the BDC and help shape the future of biotech drug product development . You will lead a team of talented scientists who are involved in all steps of a early-stage parenteral Drug Product development, including providing support to our R&D colleagues for selection of molecules with the best developability profile. The group will be in charge of formulation development of biotech molecules entering CMC (platform and non-platform constructs, as well as ADCs), using our state-of-the-art robotic platform, and process development once a stable formulation has been identified. You will be in charge of ensuring that a robust process is developed and transferred to our GMP clinical line. You will also ensure that (pre)clinical administration studies meet the requirements to administer a newly developed drug product to animals as well as humans. Your key responsibilities in this role are to contribute to the final phases of BDC roll-out by: Collaborating with digital team and robotic / automation scientists to help setting up formulation development workflows on an end-to-end robotic system; Interacting with other leads, department head and development/analytical scientists for setting up our future formulation and process development activities; Design and coordination of formulation and process development studies, as well as (pre)clinical administration studies. Even though this is a line management position, you must be available to support the team with experimental and operational activities, when required. The Biotech Development Center (BDC) is Merck’s flagship biotech investment, in line with the ambition to be the Vibrant Science and Technology Company. The BDC features cutting-edge technologies of the future with high-tech automated and digital laboratories, allowing different development functions to work together in a flexible, agile and collaborative environment. You will lead a team of 3-4 scientists with different seniority levels, and will be responsible for drug product development operations across early stages.


Who you are:

  • MSc or PhD Graduate degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Biotechnology or related field, at least 2-3 years’ experience in people management. 
  • Experience in formulation development and/or characterization of biologics (mAbs, multispecifics and ADCs), across early and late phase of development, in an industry setting;
  • Experience in process development of biologics, including, but not limited to, technology transfer to clinical lines, lyophilization and material compatibility studies;
  • Intermediate to advanced experience in automation and/or High Throughput Screening approaches and Data Quality principles and Quality by Design;
  • Excellent in writing, interpersonal communication, and presentation in English; French is an asset

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