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Vice President, Technology

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29 Dec 2017
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CCRM

Job Title: Vice President, Technology

Department: BridGE

 

About CCRM:

CCRM, based in Toronto, Canada, is a unique not-for-profit group that is developing and commercializing cell and gene therapies and regenerative medicine technologies. We are leveraging our network of academics, industry partners and investors to tackle significant problems and advance our most promising technologies to the market to meet the needs of patients. For more information about CCRM, please visit our website at www.ccrm.ca.

 

Role Summary: 

As the Vice President, Technology at CCRM, you will be responsible for the identification, evaluation, sourcing and maturation of new, innovative technologies to drive commercial growth and position CCRM as a leader in regenerative medicine. You will be a member of CCRM’s senior leadership team and will co-direct the Centre for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies (CATCT), an important collaboration between CCRM and GE Healthcare to provide process and product development services in cell and gene therapy. This position will also provide leadership to, and fill key positions in, CCRM “Incubation Teams”, an ambitious start-up model where new early-stage biotechnology products are designed, funded and matured with the support of subject matter experts, entrepreneurs, clinicians, scientists and engineers for subsequent company incorporation and spin-out.

 

Responsibilities:

Technology Leadership, Identification and Scouting

  • Lead technology scouting and evaluation across CCRM. Coordinate the effort to identify and evaluate potentially disruptive or gap-filling technologies in regenerative medicine and champion recommendations for co-development, acquisition, and/or licensing.
  • Provide deep technical expertise, innovative approaches and creativity across the organization in product development and commercialization in the cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine fields.
  • Provide guidance and leadership with respect to intellectual property (patent filings, contractual support and IP planning).
  • Provide technology leadership to internal projects ranging from grant applications through new company creation strategies.
  • Guide CCRM’s vision to identify and prioritize future project/technology opportunities.
  • Represent CCRM through participation in conferences, symposia, customer visits and other opportunities.

Research & Development Leadership

  • Provide leadership and co-management to a 35-person team (“BridGE”) focused on providing process development services to cell therapy manufacturers and producing innovative technology solutions to cell manufacturing challenges for commercialization by GE Healthcare and other industry partners.
  • Collaborate with the GE Director to ensure strategic alignment with both GE Healthcare and CCRM’s vision.
  • Line management of BridGE@CCRM employees, including hiring and performance management.

Contract Development Services

  • Co-manage contract development services provided by CATCT, a service offering catering to leading cell and gene therapy companies across the globe.
  • Engage internal and external customers and partners to understand and overcome workflow challenges specific to cell and gene therapy bioprocessing.
  • Provide technical leadership to key client meetings and promotional interactions with clients and partners.
  • Provide guidance to CCRM’s sales and marketing leadership to ensure alignment and success of commercialization and go-to-market strategies.
  • Support and guide business planning and strategic direction of contract development services.

Start-Up Company Incubation Teams

  • Take a leadership role in focused technology sourcing with the aim of identifying regenerative medicine technologies that individually, or when bundled, could form the basis for company creation pursuant to CCRM’s strategic goals.
  • Lead and provide guidance to teams developing timelines and milestones for product/manufacturing development (preclinical through clinical), market access, business development, raising funds (venture investment) and other steps required in biotechnology company creation.
  • Represent spin-out company concepts as business and/or technical leadership at conferences, at CCRM investment committee meetings, venture and other fundraising meetings.

Senior Leadership Functions

  • Communication, reporting and P&L responsibility to CCRM’s and GEHC’s leadership, as well as government and industry/academic stakeholders.
  • Drive effective communication across the organization and leadership team.
  • Provide cross-functional feedback and expertise across the organization to ensure CCRM maintains its position as a technology leader in the field of cell & gene therapy.
  • Ensure a culture of compliance and honesty. 
  • Continuously grow and adapt in this fast-moving industry to keep yourself and the organization at the forefront of the cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine fields.
  • Demonstrate continuous integrity, credibility and positivity, and motivate others to do the same.

 

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in bioengineering, materials engineering, chemical engineering, bioprocessing, biotechnology, cell biology, or a related field with at least eight years of experience.
  • Over five years of industrial R&D experience in cell and gene therapy or regenerative medicine.
  • Experience developing therapeutic, medical device or other enabling products/technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising personnel.
  • Demonstrated operations and project management experience with a successful track record of on-time and on-budget execution.
  • Deep experience in cell and gene therapy, or regenerative medicine bioprocessing technology.
  • Strong English written and oral communication. 

 

Desired Characteristics:                                                             

  • Experience developing therapeutic, medical device or other enabling products/technologies for GMP production, including technology transfer between R&D and manufacturing.
  • Familiarity with the applicable regulatory frameworks and requirements for cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine, such as cGMP, ISO, or medical device development.
  • Demonstrated success leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience in IP evaluation and technology/company due diligence.
  • Independent, detailed-oriented, self-starter with excellent analytical skills and the ability to multitask and succeed in a team environment.

 

CCRM is a developing organization and represents a fluid working environment. Flexibility and adaptability are essential, and duties will be influenced by the needs of the organization.

 

Applications are due by 6:59 PM EDT on the date indicated at the top of this job posting.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

 

CCRM is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.