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Sr. Director, Search and Evaluation (External Innovation) - United States  

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Posted on : 07 June 2017

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External Posting TitleSr. Director, Search and Evaluation (External Innovation)
Job DescriptionThe Sr. Director, Search & Evaluation position within Business Development and External Innovation is a high-impact, high-visibility, hands-on role with responsibility for critically evaluating the scientific and technical landscapes surrounding select therapeutic areas, disease indications and emerging biomedical technologies across the biopharmaceutical value chain. In collaboration with key stakeholders across Biogen, the successful candidate will proactively search for and scientifically/technically evaluate external growth opportunities, provide unique and differentiated value-adding insights, and develop and articulate investment proposals to senior R&D leadership.

Specifically, the Sr. Director, Search & Evaluation will:


• Serve as a scientific ‘source of truth’ by proactively searching out and providing expert scientific and technical assessment of therapeutic opportunities and promising science and technologies across the preclinical and clinical spectrum, bringing together the disparate data from research, clinical, regulatory, and commercial perspectives.

• Evaluate emerging business development opportunities by working in close partnership with key research, clinical and commercial colleagues across Biogen with a primary focus on the scientific and technical merit to advance (or exclude) opportunities for further diligence.

• Lead cross-functional diligence teams to deliver distilled, differentiated viewpoints, identify key outstanding questions and articulate rationalized ‘next steps’ toward identifying and developing investment proposals to present to senior leadership.

• Establish key networks, both internally and externally, to proactively survey the emerging scientific and technological competitive landscape in therapeutic/disease areas that are (or might become) of strategic interest to Biogen, with a strong focus on near clinical (pre-IND) or early/mid clinical development programs.
LocationCambridge, MA, US
Job CategoryCorporate
Requisition Number31426BR
QualificationsFor this unique opportunity, we are looking for individuals who are curious, thoughtful and driven to intelligently apply their scientific training to better understand the strategic drivers in the biomedical industry in a fast-paced, excellence-driven and diverse working environment.


• Candidates are required to problem-solve, think on their feet and deliver results in a timely manner and at the highest levels of excellence.

• We mandate a strong scientific background, analytical mindset and outstanding communication skills, and will provide training in all other aspects of this position.

• Experience in pharma or biotech drug discovery research is preferred.

• Applicants will need to be results-oriented and work well both independently and in a team.

• Strong project management and process facilitation skills are required.
EducationPhd or MBA preferred
About BiogenCorporate Overview

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen discovers, develops and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Biogen is a pioneer in biotechnology and today the Company has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), has introduced the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, and is at the forefront of neurology research for conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Biogen also manufactures and commercializes biosimilars of advanced biologics. Our global organization of nearly 7,000 employees is committed to a single mission:
making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients with few or no treatment options.
  • Biogen was founded in 1978 and today serves patients in nearly 70 countries.
  • A Fortune 500 company, Biogen in 2016 had revenues of $11.4 billion
  • Global headquarters in Cambridge, MA, and international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland
Our Science

We aspire to have the greatest impact on patients and science of any biotechnology company in the history of our industry. To us, that means creating novel medicines that benefit individuals and society, and bringing new scientific understanding to diseases for which there are no adequate treatments.
  • For nearly two decades Biogen has led in the research and development of new therapies to treat MS, including the most prescribed oral treatment in the world. Now our research is driving revolutionary new MS treatments with the goal of reversing or even repairing damage caused by the disease.
  • We are now applying our neurological expertise to solve some of most challenging and complex diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.
  • As we uncover new insights into human biology, Biogen is employing cutting-edge technologies to discover potential treatments for rare and genetic disorders.
  • Biogen is revolutionizing biologics manufacturing, developing the industry’s most advanced plants and processes. This expertise is used to produce both original innovative therapies and biosimilars that expand patient access to lower-cost medicines.
Our Corporate Citizenship

The same intellectual discipline and passion that drives our science is reflected in our corporate citizenship, environmental sustainability, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a company, we are focused on improving science education and limiting the impact of our company on the environment. In 2015, we became a carbon neutral company and ranked first place on Newsweek’s 2015 Green Rankings, and we are an industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Biogen was named to Science’s list of Top Employers of 2015 and in 2017 received a perfect score of 100 for the fourth consecutive year on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, which also named Biogen as one of its Best Places to Work.




All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Biogen is an E-Verify Employer in the United States.




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