Job Details

Head of Preclinical and Translational Research

  • Competitive
  • San Francisco
  • Permanent

My client is a well-funded and rapidly expanding Startup Biotech company developing the latest generation of Cellular Immunotherapies to fight cancer. They are currently looking for a senior scientific leader at a VP or SVP level to grow and lead a team focused on IND-enabling and translational activities for a new generation of immunotherapies.


  • Work closely with company leaders to develop and execute the Preclinical and Translational R&D strategy, evaluate new opportunities, and initiate additional pipeline programs.
  • Lead and manage scientists involved with the research and development of cell therapy programs
  • Provide scientific and intellectual guidance to scientists and research associates in the R&D group.
  • Plan, develop and prioritize R&D efforts and ensure internal resources are allocated correctly.
  • Keep up to date on the latest developments in cell therapy, attend and/or present at applicable scientific conferences.
  • Ensure effective cross-function communication, teamwork, and collaborations with internal and external partners.
  • Contribute to invention disclosure and patent applications which enhance the Company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD or MD-PhD degree in molecular and/or cell biology or other applicable discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years biotech industry experience specializing in cell therapy and Immuno-oncology
  • Track record of developing life sciences products through research and development into commercial readiness.
  • Relevant industry experience in managing scientists and leading research projects is required.
  • Must have the ability to critically and analytically evaluate scientific data to move projects forward.
  • Effective in a team environment, able to mentor and collaborate across multidisciplinary teams.

The Benefits

  • Based in the Bay Area
  • Competitive salary and extensive benefits package
  • Progression opportunities – Chance to get on the ground floor with a well-funded and rapidly expanding Biotech

If you are looking to take the next step in your career in the Biotech industry and you would like to know more about this role or the other opportunities we currently have on our books, please apply now with your CV to speak with our specialist Scientific Consultant William Ashbrook

Will Ashbrook Vice President, Discovery Sciences & Translational Research

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