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Executive Director R&D External Innovation

Company: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc
Location: Princeton
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Job Description:

Executive Director R&D External Innovation For the safety of our employees and communities in response to COVID-19, ACADIA has implemented a temporary work from home policy. As a part of this shift, we have migrated all interviews to virtual interviewing via phone and video. Position Summary: Responsible for the scientific assessment and sourcing of new asset and partnership opportunities that are consistent with the corporate strategy and complement our R&D and product portfolios with the objective to identify, evaluate and help execute on growth opportunities for new potential products and product candidates in the US and globally. Evaluates potential transactions related to Acadia's internal portfolio to maximize shareholder value. Leads scientific evaluation and participates in diligence and negotiation activities. Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for search and evaluation efforts within the External Innovation organization and contributes to all processes and activities designed to identify, evaluate and execute on growth opportunities for new potential products and product candidates.
  • Generates leads, researches and identifies potential new in-licensing and acquisition opportunities in existing, as well as new geographic markets
  • Assesses scientific value of in-licensing opportunities taking into account resource requirements within the organization for identifying, evaluating, negotiating, and executing new investment and partnership opportunities
  • Contributes to the preparation and presentation of findings on research to company executive leadership
  • Participates in the development of the proposals and term sheets for prospective business partnerships as well as internal documentation required for approval
  • Develops timetables for new assets
  • Participates in the assessment of the potential returns on investment
  • Provides leadership from scientific perspective transaction processes, including coordination of internal working groups, management of external consultants and advisors, development of relationships with target company management teams, agreement negotiation, due diligence process, etc.
  • Participates in establishing and engaging relationships with scientific and R&D community within the pharmaceutical and biotech community as well as academic community within the scope of company therapeutic focus and product development interests.
  • Serves as knowledge base for the company on all matters regarding current and past transactions Education/Experience/Skills:
    • MD or PHD with 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D
    • Superior knowledge and understanding of neuroscience from both clinical and basic science perspectives, with proven track record of success in either area and some level of experience in the other
    • Experience in external search and scientific evaluation, transactional/licensing and/or mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry is a plus
    • Hands-on experience in R&D for gene targets highly desired Must possess:
      • Understanding of scientific trends and new concepts in pharmaceutical development
      • Established reputation and unquestioned credibility in the scientific and business community
      • Ability and comfort to work in a virtual environment with limited direct reports, various relationships with external partners and a high level of responsibility
      • Strong persuasion skills and ability to work successfully with peers and colleagues at all levels in the organization
      • R&D savvy, with good understanding of principles of new product development, high level commercial assessment and business case building
      • Familiarity with IP issues within pharmaceutical development
      • Ability to work with business teams to identify fundamental business drivers and risks to those drivers, and translate them into modeling parameters
      • Ability to work in a results-oriented, project-driven, real-time team environment, prioritize projects and deliver quality results within tight time constraints
      • High degree of attention to detail
      • Ability to think strategically as well as to act tactically
      • Ability to connect with people and work multi-culturally
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
      • Ability to travel within and outside of the U.S. Scope:
        • Is able to work independently identifying areas to explore. Is self-motivated and able to identify individual goals based on corporate strategy. Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel by car or airplane independently up to 80% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues. Extensive overnight travel. ACADIA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veterans/Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are you open to re-locating to San Diego, CA OR Princeton, NJ? --*
          San Diego
          Princeton
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          Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? --*
          -- Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status)? --*
          -- Have you previously been employed by Acadia Pharmaceuticals? --*
          -- I hereby certify that I have not knowingly withheld any information that might adversely affect my chances for employment and that the answers given by me are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that I have personally completed this application. I understand that any omission or misstatement of material fact on this application or on any document used to secure employment shall be grounds for rejection of this application or for immediate discharge if I am employed, regardless of the time elapsed before discovery. --*
          -- U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information (Completion is voluntary) Individuals seeking employment at Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file. Gender Please select Are you Hispanic/Latino? Please select Race & Ethnicity Definitions If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows: A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service. An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense. An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985. Veteran Status Please select Form CC-305 OMB Control Number 1250-0005 Expires 05/31/2023 Voluntary Self-Identification of DisabilityWhy are you being asked to complete this form? We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years. Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp . How do you know if you have a disability? You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:
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          • Epilepsy
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