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Vice President, Legal Affairs & Intellectual Property

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Legal Affairs Responsibilities:

  • Proactively ensure that Company conducts business in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Work with the business development team on negotiating and executing strategic collaboration and license agreements for in-licensed technology and research and development collaboration agreements, and in interpreting these agreements afterwards
  • Provide contracting support to internal functions, which may include Research, Clinical Operations, Pharmaceutical Development, CMC, Manufacturing/Supply, G&A, HR, etc. as necessary to support the needs of the business
  • Draft, review, and negotiate agreements and routine contracts, including those directed to confidentiality, consulting, material transfers, master services agreements, data transfer agreements, supply agreements, and statements of work, among others
  • Develop processes and practices that streamline the contracting process, including developing and refining templates
  • Advise the Company on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership, litigation, new laws that impact Company, etc. and clearly articulate risk and provide guidance on a path forward to address potential risks


Intellectual Property Responsibilities:

  • Advise senior management on IP strategies, including what can and should be protected, where patents should be filed, prosecuted, or contested, and risks and opportunities associated with business development transactions
  • Formulate and implement policy for US and foreign patent applications and patent term extension applications on a global basis
  • Supervise and direct outside patent counsel in patent preparation and prosecution and assessment of freedom to operate and provide technical and legal expertise to maximize the quality of applications
  • Develop processes for protection of intellectual property and work closely with research and development teams to identify patentable inventions, participate in invention disclosure assessments and provide guidance regarding the patentability of inventions under review
  • Ensure the Company’s intellectual property interests are appropriately safeguarded in agreements
  • Monitor, evaluate and address competitor and other applicable third-party IP rights and advise senior management on the implications of such rights
  • Lead Company’s monthly Intellectual Property Meeting



  • JD, preferably coupled with an advanced degree in science or equivalent experience, and admission to the Massachusetts state bar and the USPTO
  • Minimum of 12 years of legal experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, in a law firm and/or in-house, with direct experience negotiating contracts typical for a drug development company as well as drafting and prosecuting patent applications and developing a strategic patent portfolio
  • Client service orientation and ability to respond quickly with good judgment to urgent situations
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external vendors
  • Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, influence, collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills (written and verbal) required
  • Expertise in gene therapy or gene editing intellectual property a plus