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Project Leader (Therapeutic Area group) - Belgium  

Galapagos (company)


Posted on : 11 May 2017

Project Description

  •  In the area of auto-immune or fibrosis, the Project Leader drives the projects to success, acting from target discovery up to pre-clinical candidate delivery. 
  • This role operates in a matrix environment and matches (orchestrates) the activities of several departments, ranging from in vitro through in vivo pharmacology, to an optimized project testing cascade. 
  • The Project Leader will also be involved in research activities for projects that entered clinical phases and in external academic and industrial collaborations.  
  • The Project Leader is also expected to assist in building an up-to-date knowledge environment, allowing to design a competitive strategy to address specific diseases.    

  • Leading internal or partnered drug discovery projects (small molecules or antibodies) in the area of Immune-inflammation or Fibrosis. 
  • Delivering against pre-set objectives.
  • Building a productive and trust-based collaboration with the company  functions.
  • Providing high-quality scientific support to the Development team, with emphasis on Translational activities.
  • Participating in external collaborations.
  • Contributing to the establishment of a knowledge environment around assigned diseases by attending congresses and analyzing key literature.
  • Providing key elements to map the competitive environment and support optimal target selection.  

  • PhD in science with several years’ experience in in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery process supported by a demonstrated track record of participation in drug discovery projects.
  • Solid knowledge of in vitro and in vivo pharmacology.
  • Solid knowledge of target validation processes.
  • Knowledge of translational concepts (the use of disease and target biomarkers)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Talented in organizing and planning.
  • Creative and critical thinker. Able to correctly evaluate important information in field- related literature.
  • Scientific expertise in inflammation, autoimmunity or fibrotic processes is an important advantage.
  • Knowledge of Translational concepts (use of target and disease biomarkers) is a plus