Posted to MedZilla on 6/22/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Director/Sr Director Liver Disease Research, Gastroenterology Drug Discovery Unit (GI DDU) 1700775-MZ



Leads a part line, part internal/external matrix team of liver disease research scientists to deliver a differentiated liver disease project portfolio from target ID through IND. To refine and build the liver disease area strategy with an emphasis on external innovation and partnerships


  • A scientific research leader within the Gastroenterology Drug Discovery Unit, working within a highly matrixed & virtual environment to build a strong and sustainable preclinical and early clinical liver disease pipeline
  • Collaborates with other Takeda research teams and external partners to build a robust pipeline in liver diseases up to and including clinical POC, with a focus on external innovation
  • Partners with colleagues in Translational Research and Early Clinical (TREC) team define early development plans thru POC for all internal and external projects in liver disease
  • Partners with the Center for External Innovation (CEI) for the identification and assessment of external platform and pipeline opportunities in liver disease
  • Leads the DDU team in the identification of collaborations with key academic groups, CROs, biotech companies
  • Forms a strong partnership with clinical and commercial team colleagues for disease area strategic alignment and in assessment of clinical stage licensing opportunities.
  • Accountable for formulation and delivery of mid-long term innovative strategies to build a sustainable and innovative liver disease pipeline
  • Provides input to the Gastroenterology Drug Discovery Unit strategy as it relates to both GI and liver diseases
  • Is seen as an international subject matter expert and identified as a global Takeda thought leader in the field of liver disease research and keeps up with the up-to-date scientific and regulatory advances and competitive environment.
  • Represents Takeda and is responsible for creating a presence in the global GI and related scientific community through scientific meetings, advisory boards, online research communities, etc.
  • Ensures and encourages diversity and supports individual colleagues in their career development


  • Has an advanced degree in health or life sciences (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) with at least 10 years industry experience in an R&D function, or the equivalent in an academic setting
  • Is highly knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of liver disease drug discovery, through to POC.
  • Shows cross-cultural understanding to utilize the diverse talents and has demonstrated ability to manage matrix teams to maximize the organizational productivity.
  • Has strong leadership skills and acumen.
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Has experience of working through virtual and/or matrix team models in basic research
  • Capable of leading a matrixed team comprised of scientists from within Takeda as well as external collaborators.
  • Has significant experience of participation in diligence activities in the preclinical discovery function


  • Requires approximately 25% or more travel, including international travel monthly basis.

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