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Vice President, Research & Development

Location: Anywhere in the U.S. (Remote Position) – about 10-20% of travel once pandemic restrictions are resolved.

Xentria is a patient-centric biotech company focused on novel biologics and biosimilars. Our first program is XT MAB 16, a monoclonal antibody for sarcoidosis. XT MAB 16 has received Orphan Drug Designation and is currently in a Phase 1 study. 


The Vice of President, R&D will ensure world class clinical trial planning and execution in accordance with associated regulatory guidelines. This includes being responsible for clinical study conduct such as site selection, contract negotiations study start-up and real time data delivery, providing leadership and resolution of trial and/or program specific issues to deliver high-quality clinical trial results. Excellence in project management and resource management capabilities, consistent tools and processes, and clear communication and tracking of deliverables are critical for success as the company grows. Importantly, this role will identify opportunities to improve agility and accelerate programs across the portfolio.  


The Vice President R&D is a senior leader within Xentria and thrives in a diverse and collaborative work environment. The individual in this position regularly partners cross-functionally with internal stakeholders, most notably, CMC, Commercial, and Program Management. The individual leverages strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, strategic and tactical thinking for success. The individual is expected to develop and implement a vision for the group by recruiting and managing top talent to anticipate and meet the growing needs of the company.

Qualifications

  • Deep understanding of comprehensive global pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and strategic implications for clinical operations; including understanding of clinical research principles, drug development process, FDA & ICH, GCP, GCDMP and related regulatory requirements & guidelines.
  • All Phases of Clinical trial experience required including IND filings.
  • Experience with rare disease trials and programs leading to accelerated approval is highly desired.
  • Proven experience in CRO/vendor selection, contracting, oversight and relationship management.
  • Demonstrated excellence in global clinical program/trial management including complex project management and effective management of multiple projects/priorities and budgets.



Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Judgement
  • Ethics
  • Interpersonal
  • Project Management

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Develops long-term vision and goals for Xentria’s R&D Operations.
  • Develops viable plans to ensure long-term goals are realized. 
  • Recruits and lead a highly qualified team to achieve those plans, anticipating needs of the organization. 
  • Provides clinical operations leadership and oversight for all study activities (site identification and selection, enrollment models, clinical supply planning, CRO selection and negotiations, budget planning and trial execution).
  • Determines operational processes, systems and standards that need to be adopted and implemented consistently to support effective clinical program management and compliance across trials and locations (e.g., SOPs, best practices, training programs).
  • Supports implementation of a strong quality culture within Clinical Operations ensuring all clinical trials are conducted according to ICH/GCP requirements, corporate/departmental SOPs/ policies and industry best practices.
  • Ensures clinical studies are aligned with the overall clinical strategy and meets overall strategic goals for the company (budget, timeline and quality metrics).
  • Develops and implements clinical monitoring training program to include GCP, monitoring and site management skills, and protocol-specific training (in collaboration with CMO, Clinical and Medical Monitors- internal and external vendors).
  • Collaborates with legal, finance and corporate development functions to maintain continuity in planning, negotiation, forecasting and reporting metrics and milestones.
  • Oversees and provides relationship management support for external vendors and clinical partners to ensure delivery of clinical objectives within established timelines and budget.
  • Ensures the clinical team keeps abreast of the most effective industry practices to ensure successful delivery of clinical trials.
  • Plays a lead role in the development of the clinical operations/clinical trial sourcing strategy in a start-up environment.
  • Manages valuable scenario planning within R&D for program activities, portfolio planning, and identifying opportunities to accelerate programs. 
  • Implements and oversees/mentors data management, programming and medical writing functions and ensure stage-appropriate resource allocation.
  • Ensures collaborative partnerships are fostered and maintained within and beyond the clinical team; as a senior leader, act as a mentor to colleagues across the R&D organization and partner companies.
  • Leads by example; provide advisory support to colleagues and foster collaborative decision-making and achievement of corporate goals.
  • Communicates regularly and effectively with senior leaders across the R&D organization.
  • Up to 25% domestic and/or international travel expected with routine travel to Chicago office.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervisory responsibilities including 5-10 direct reports.


Education and/or Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences or related field; Masters or PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in biotech or pharma environment; Orphan Drug experience highly desired.



Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  



Work Environment

This is a remote position.



AAP/EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.


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About Us

Headquartered in Chicago, the company is dedicated to R&D, clinical science, manufacturing, and commercialization while striving to treat the clinical and social disease burdens while fostering sustainable growth. Xentria, whose name stems from the word “centrality” was founded in 2020 and is an innovative biopharmaceutics company whose primary focus is to build an expansive product pipeline of cost-effective and efficacious treatments to address critical unmet needs for patients suffering from rare, immunologic, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases, as well as oncology.

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