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Senior Director & Emerging Science Lead, Beijing, CTI

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Emerging Science & Innovation (ES&I) is a division of Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development (WRD) that provides opportunities to unite leading external scientists and the biomedical community with Pfizer's R&D efforts and experts. In partnership with Pfizer Business Development, ES&I colleagues form productive collaborations and flexible partnerships with the goal of advancing breakthrough sciences, technologies and products to strengthen Pfizer's R&D pipeline. The Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI), an entrepreneurial group within ES&I, is a proven and productive example of how Pfizer collaborate with leading academic medical centers and disease foundations with the aim of translating promising science into clinical candidates. We are proud to expand the CTI model to the Asia Pacific regions by establishing Shanghai based CTI-Asia Discovery Labs (CTI-ADL) supported by senior R&D representatives (as Emerging Science Leads - ESLs) in key academic hubs to promote and advance R&D innovations and investments in the regions leveraging Pfizer global R&D capabilities and network of partners. The Emerging Science Leads will play key roles in providing a competitive advantage to Pfizer by building strong relationships with academic centers, biotech & pharma companies, VC and government funding agencies, and by evaluating and creating academic and industrial collaborations that have potential to impact Pfizer R&D portfolio for the global markets.

We are seeking a Beijing-based Emerging Science Lead at the senior director level to be responsible for cultivating strong and in-depth scientific relationships with Academic and Life Science Communities in Northern China to deliver quality novel targets, promising compounds and breakthrough technologies.


+ Contribute to, in partnership with CTI, ES&I/BD team members and colleagues from WRD Research Units (RU) and Partnering Lines(PL), the definition and implementation of overall strategy in accessing emerging sciences, R&D technology platforms and novel therapeutics in Asia Pacific, Northern China in particular

+ Lead, in strong partnership with colleagues in Pfizer China Business Units and regional Medical Affair Teams, the build-up and utilization of research, medical, and industry networks in the regions to target innovative opportunities in disease areas of interests to Pfizer, by

+ Developing and maintaining strong networks with key regional academic, biotech partners, pharma & VC partners as well as government funding agencies

+ Developing an in-depth understanding of gaps, unique IP space, intellectual strength, talent pool, market needs and external funding opportunities in the region for drug discovery and development

+ Providing regular landscape survey reports to summarize progress, strength and weakness of key players in various areas critical to biotech and therapeutics

+ Creating awareness among potential partners about Pfizer R&D needs and partnering interests

+ Promoting private & public partnerships in biomedical research and drug discovery and proactively influencing regional & government investment strategies

+ Providing technical & operational leadership to ensure effective scouting, high quality assessment, and strategic integration of opportunities, by working closely with key internal stakeholders (e.g. CTI, ES&I, BD, RU and PL colleagues) by:

+ Building and maintaining a process to enable the evaluation & integration of outstanding merging opportunities by WRD teams

+ Ensuring information on opportunities be processed (e.g., deposited in a database) and screened for strategic fit and relevance

+ Assisting timely review of information received on external opportunities including partner lines as appropriate

+ Providing feedback to and follow up with external partners (e.g., decline, request/discuss further information) and while keeping partner lines informed and/or involved as appropriate

+ Enabling high quality joint research proposals between potential academic partners and Pfizer WRD project teams

+ Ensuring high and consistent quality of documentation and presentation regarding external opportunities to key stakeholders and senior management

+ Ensuring compliance by external partners through joint efforts with BD and Legal colleagues

+ Enabling timely transfer to and from external partners of research protocol and reagents to allow success execution of joint projects

+ Organizing regular project meetings with both internal and external partners and maintaining timely progress reports/updates

+ Pro-actively managing collaborative projects by anticipating potential technical hurdles, trouble shooting in real time with external partners and linking to key internal tech experts

+ As a CTI-ADL leadership team member, s/he will pro-actively contribute to the growth of the site by:

+ Defining and implementing a strategy enabling Pfizer to access the best sciences, technologies and innovative therapeutics originated from Asia Pacific

+ Cultivating talent both within and outside the organization

+ Fostering a collaborative, inclusive and "can do" culture

+ Ensuring seamless operations that makes CTI-ADL a preferred partner within WRD and with external partners

+ Incumbent will have additional responsibilities on an 'as needed basis', including but not limited to: Support opportunity scouting activities in other regions (such as Japan, Korea and Taiwan); Provide scientific/clinical expertise to relevant Pfizer business functions in Asia (including, but not limited to, Clinical, Commercial, Business Development, Project Management, Legal)

+ Accountable for operational excellence, including consistency and transparency of all processes among partner lines with the goal to build consensus support for opportunities and ensure high and consistent quality of documentation and presentation to internal stake holders and senior management for decision making. This includes i) the provision of scientific/clinical expertise and education as necessary to key partner lines within Pfizer (including, but not limited to, Research, Clinical, Commercial, Business Development, Project Management, Legal), ii) tracking progress/impact of funded research, and iii) regular updates of the group's progress.

Pro-actively contributes in rendering Pfizer the preferred partner of choice with R&D communities in China and represents Pfizer to external partners and maintain a professional environment during the initial contact as well as continued discussions and negotiations. Represents Pfizer at conferences as well as scientific and other business-related meetings as required (including presentations).


+ PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in life sciences, medicine, chemistry of biotechnologies

+ 10+ years of relevant experience with at least 7+ years industry/biotech leadership experience

+ Strong knowledge, hands-on experiences and leadership roles in the discovery and development of innovative therapeutics and a thorough understanding of the entire R&D drug development process, current on market trends and cutting edge developments in the industry

+ Experienced in scientific exchange with bench scientists and senior level management of external companies

+ Drug hunting experience consisting of extensive business knowledge and relevant collaboration/licensing/acquisition experience

+ Effective communication skills (written and oral in English) and ability to articulate scientific results are required


+ Familiarity with biomedical research communities in Asia, China in particular, and a track record in operating in the region independently and productively in opportunity scouting and relationship managing are preferred

+ Strong scientific experience and leadership in translational research, precision medicine and genomics are highly preferred

+ Ability to work in flexible working hours to accommodate the needs of a global working team spanning multiple time zones

+ Require moderate to intensive amount of travel - mostly within the region

Proficiency in written and oral Chinese


+ Ability to work in flexible working hours to accommodate the needs of a global working team spanning multiple time zones

+ Require moderate to intensive amount of travel - mostly within the region

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
Posted: 2019-09-30 Expires: 2019-12-01

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