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Senior Project Leader (Therapeutic Area group) Mechelen Belgium,  

Galapagos (company)

Posted on : 11 May 2017

Project Description

  •  In the area of auto-immune and/or fibrosis, the Senior 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.
  • Managing external collaborations.
  • Contributing to the design of a competitive strategy to address specific diseases by sharing and building knowledge gathered from own insights, key literature, feedback of KOL s, congresses.
  • Bring key elements to map the competitive environment in the area and support strategic decision making towards the approaches and target selection.
  • Assist the Business Development team by providing high quality scientific support.  

  • Ph.D. with at least 8 years  experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery process supported by a demonstrated track record of leadership in drug discovery projects.
  • Solid knowledge of in vitro and in vivo pharmacology as well as of concepts in pharmacokinetics.
  • Solid knowledge of target validation processes.
  • Knowledge of Translational concepts (use of target and disease biomarkers).
  • Scientific expertise in inflammation, autoimmunity or fibrotic processes is an important advantage as well as an understanding of the competitive landscape in the area.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Talented in organizing and planning.
  • Creative and critical thinker. Able to build a synthetic view on literature in the field.
  • Experience in working in a matrix environment represents an advantage.  


Mechelen Belgium

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