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Director, Cell Therapy Manufacturing - Biologics Development

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Position Summary

The Director, Cell Therapy Manufacturing - Biologics Product Development in the Division of Therapeutic Discovery is a key talent reporting to the VP, Biologics Product Development. MDACC is the leader in clinical trials for cell therapies, including the lead site for Kymriah.  These clinical capabilities are matched by a faculty that is pressing the boundaries of new cell therapy modalities.  In order to advance these promising concepts to and through the clinic, we are investing in new internal manufacturing capabilities.  The Director will be able to operate at a strategic level to define fit-for-purpose manufacturing capabilities, facilities and organization, while at the same time manage excellence in operations of design, construction, validation and start-up.  The Director will be a key member of the Biologics Product Development senior staff, which defines the strategy and oversees selecting and developing Biologics at MDACC and will be expected to create an organization that can operate in a fully cGMP manner suitable for advanced clinical development and initial launch.           

 
 Therapeutics Discovery and Development

MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), the largest research-based cancer center in the nation, is taking a unique approach in the battle against cancer.  It is well-known that MDACC is home to an esteemed academic faculty that cover all aspects of cancer research, publish prolifically in leading journals and present extensively at all major conferences.  In addition MDACC boasts a vast oncology clinic that runs more clinical trials than any other institution and has created unparalleled capabilities is cell therapy trials.  In between the basic science and the translation, MDACC has created a powerful engine driving the future of new targeted, immune- and cell-based therapies: the Therapeutics Discovery and Development (TDD) Division.  TDD eliminates the bottlenecks that hamper traditional drug discovery, with a multidisciplinary team of dedicated researchers, doctors, drug developers and scientific experts working together to develop small-molecule drugs, biologics and cellular therapies. Our unique structure and collaborative approach allows the team to work with agility, bringing novel medicines from concept to clinic quickly and efficiently – all under the same roof.   

 
 

Biologics Product Development

Biologics, be it monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) or cell therapies are complex therapeutics that are revolutionizing the treatment of cancer and yet are difficult to robustly develop and manufacture.  To unlock the potential of these modalities MDACC is investing in Biologics Development capabilities within TDD accelerate the results we have already achieved, with multiple programs currently in clinical development.  The goal will be to develop industrial biologics with a commercial horizon within the innovative environment of an academic cancer center.  The group will be a composite of industry veterans who are interested in applying their experience to develop innovative therapeutics and see them impact patients, as well as academics looking to turn science into products. We work in a fast-paced, milestone-driven environment with a focus on team science and interdisciplinary research. Our unique approach has created a biotech-like engine within the walls of the nation's leading cancer center to bring life-saving medicines to our patients more quickly and effectively.

 
Qualifications
  • BS/MS/PhD in scientific field with 15+ years of experience in manufacturing of cell therapies and viral vectors
  • Experience in design, construction and start-up of a manufacturing facility
  • Leadership capabilities to define, populate, manage and develop a team
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, interpersonal skills and a superior drive for results
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management and staff
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical, as well as strategic thinker

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