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Scientific Director, Companion Diagnostics Strategy

South San Francisco, California Req ID 2204838 Category Research and Development Division AbbVie


AbbVie is offering a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the Precision Medicine Companion Diagnostics (CDx) team as a Scientific Director, CDx Strategy lead.  We are seeking an experienced scientific leader to develop and implement global diagnostic strategies to support AbbVie’s early and late-stage clinical development pipeline for targeted therapies across multiple therapeutic areas (oncology/immunology/neuroscience).  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative environment and will be a key member of cross-functional clinical development project teams.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Responsible and accountable for the overarching global CDx development strategy across multiple therapeutic areas (oncology/immunology/neuroscience)
  • Support the launch and commercialization of CDx assays in key markets
  • Lead interactions with global health authorities regarding companion diagnostics development and submissions
  • Direct the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable companion diagnostic assays for FIH and registrational studies
  • Design, implement and oversee diagnostic testing and data analysis
  • Provide expertise to development project teams to ensure access to state-of-the-art thinking on appropriate diagnostic technologies, evaluating their scientific basis and clinical applicability, the validation status and any technical or statistical issues related to the proposed companion diagnostic assay
  • Lead joint development teams between AbbVie and Dx partners to ensure co-development timelines are met
  • Expertise in biomarker testing technologies (immunohistochemistry, FISH, NGS, PCR, flowcytometry, etc)



Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Highly experienced biomedical leader (PhD or MD/PhD) with a minimum of 10 years of post-doctoral and relevant industry experience with expertise in oncology/immunology/neuroscience biomarker and/or companion diagnostic development
  • Demonstrated excellence in developing and implementing overarching therapeutic area CDx strategies
  • Experience in CDx assay development preferred
  • Demonstrated excellence in independently leading and conducting research and ability to evaluate, interpret and present complex scientific data
  • Experience in human translational research with biomarker application in clinical trials and awareness of the challenges of implementing diagnostic technologies in the clinical setting
  • Excellent leadership skills including motivation and delegation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills in English
  • High level of initiative and ability to work independently
  • High level of business awareness
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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