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Preclinical Development Leader Toxicology - Belgium  

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Posted on : 10 July 2017

Project Description

Position Summary: 
  • Within the EU team of Preclinical Project Development, we have an open position for an experienced PCDL with a background in Toxicology or Pathology.
  • The PCDL will provide scientific and strategic leadership for all aspects of the non-clinical development plan for assigned products, with a focus on small molecules in early development up to post-marketing. 
  • The PCDL represents Preclinical Development & Safety (PD&S) in Compound Development Teams (CDT) and is the interface between the CDT, PD&S functional and senior management.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide scientific and strategic leadership to projects, mainly in the therapeutic areas of Pulmonary Hypertension, Neuroscience and Infectious Diseases, with a focus on small molecules in early and late development up to marketing. 
  • Lead the development and maintenance of the PD&S strategic plan as well as the operational project plans (activities, resource requirements, budget and timelines) for assigned compounds.
  • Represent PD&S in Compound Development Teams and assure optimal design and execution of nonclinical safety strategies.
  • As key contributor to the selection and timely development of new compounds, work in close collaboration with therapeutic areas, CMC, clinical pharmacology, clinical and regulatory functions. 
  • Responsible for the integrated Safety Assessments in close collaboration with the functional experts. 
  • Represent PD&S at internal and external review committees, also including Global Health Authority meetings.
  • Lead a preclinical subteam of functional experts to move projects forward. 
    Identify potential safety, PK and PK/PD-related issues impacting drug development, design and implement mitigation plans and guarantee the overall quality of the project.
  • Lead the preparation of regulatory documents (i.e., IND, NDA, MAA, CTD and responses to regulatory agencies) prepared by the preclinical subteam.
  • Keep informed on the existing and evolving preclinical guidelines.
  • Take a lead position in the preclinical review of potential in-license candidates.
  • In conjunction with functional management, plan and provide developmental opportunities for preclinical subteam members to increase efficiency, encourage job satisfaction, and ensure training for potential advancement.

  • This position requires a Ph.D. or D.V.M. or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years of pharmaceutical development experience, a strong understanding of Toxicology and general knowledge of all functional disciplines within Preclinical Development. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as a Preclinical Scientist in pharmaceutical Compound Development Teams (including preparation of functional project plans, coordination of NDA/MAA/CTD filings and interacting with regulatory authorities) is required, next to 7-10 years of experience in toxicology.
  • Experience in interpretation of preclinical safety data relevant to drug development.
  • Organizational, planning, problem solving skills and the leadership skills needed in the completion of deliverables to the Compound Development Team. 
  • Excellent partnering and decision-making skills, the ability to perform effectively in a constantly changing environment, to bring perspectives and approaches together in novel and unique ways, and create and suggest new ideas for projects/programs. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to clearly and concisely present and communicate nonclinical safety results and their impact to various audiences, including internal boards, Health Authorities and investigators.
  • Ability to empower people, discover and develop potential and challenge in a positive manner where necessary.