Medical Sciences

Vice President, Head of Early Development

ArsenalBio’s mission is to develop efficacious and safe cellular therapies for patients with chronic diseases, initially cancer.  Our products are being designed to herald the transition of adoptive cell therapy from a hospital based treatment to outpatient therapy, like most other cancer treatments.  Our people are our greatest asset, they bring scientific talents in molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, protein chemistry, computational biology, automation, genome engineering, software and other fields to make the future happen now.

Early Development (ED) Early Development is a group within Medical Sciences that will oversee the integration of early discovery and technology builds into lead candidate product designs, culminating in the generation of IND-enabling data packages. These data will be used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of engineered cell therapy products and may include:
1) Characterization of cell therapy products describing potency, target engagement, cell fitness, cell fate, and proliferative potential
2) Preclinical safety and toxicology assessments to evaluate cell products for off-target effects or cellular transformation related to genome engineering.

ED will also partner with Alliance and Program Management to deliver IND-enabling data packages for partnered programs. The VP, Head of ED will report to the Chief Medical Officer and build a matrix team to partner closely with all R&D activities at ArsenalBio.

What You Will Do

  • Create and execute integrated project plans to support product teams through IND approval of lead candidate products
  • Build and lead the Early Development team
  • Provide scientific leadership in cell therapy to ArsenalBio’s Scientific Governance Committee
  • Provide deep cell therapy knowledge and establish a scientific network in relevant scientific fields
  • Partner with Alliance and Program Management to support partnered programs
  • Partner with Business Development to actively enable our cell therapy strategy
  • Support SAB communications, meetings, and mandates
  • Communicate program updates at Board meetings
  • What You Will Bring

  • Your whole self
  • 10+ years of relevant scientific and/or clinical expertise in cancer-related cell therapy, PhD or equivalent in science
  • 5+ years of relevant management experience
  • Ability and Desire to work in a fast-paced, hard-working, multi-disciplinary, start-up environment
  • Excellent understanding of regulatory processes and clinical development
  • Proven track record of scientific leadership and achievement
  • Demonstrated passion for science and an ability to identify clinical discovery opportunities and innovative approaches to advancing early development
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and deliver results
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and a desire to work collaboratively and lead in a matrix environment
  • Creative and innovative leadership with a sharp and objective intellect, and experience in balancing big picture thinking with detailed analysis
  • Broad knowledge of oncology is highly desirable

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

    To all recruitment agencies: ArsenalBio does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, or Arsenalbio employees. ArsenalBio is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


    ArsenalBio was formed by its investors and scientific founders to discover, develop and commercialize curative and safe cellular therapies for patients with life threatening diseases, initially cancer.

    We believe the most productive and secure route to achieving this goal is to build scaled platforms of technologies challenged with scientific questions to yield informative data from hypothesis driven, well controlled experiments. These data will inform the design of ambitious, best-in-class, lead compositions. Our leads will be rigorously evaluated and honed until we are convinced our matured leads, called development candidates, can be prepared for testing in needy, and vulnerable patients.

    Our products will be designed to speed the transition of cell therapy from hospital-based to outpatient treatments, increasing access to more patients at lower cost to patients, health systems, and insurers.

    To achieve this mission, we are building diverse teams of talented, curious, and caring individuals who believe in our mission and our vision to be sustainable in our business plan, our work habits, and our personal lives.

    Our values create: a foundation for mutual respect, an engaging harmony from many voices, and unselfish behavior to aid our colleagues.

    This is ArsenalBio.
    This is our Company.

    Ken Drazan, MD
    Founding CEO


    Best in Class Health & Wellness Plans

    Flexible Office Hours

    Paid Parental Leave

    Healthy Kitchen Snacks

    Daily Catered Lunches

    Free Onsite Fitness Center

    Unlimited Vacation Days

    Generous compensation and equity packages

    Commuter Benefits

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