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Gene-Therapy Lead for Partnering team


Braine L'alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  67358

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?


Help us transform patients’ lives. At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation. Will you join us in our pioneering adventure ?

UCB is a leading global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies to address unmet needs of patients suffering from severe disorders. The company’s global R&D organization “Early Solutions” is responsible from early research up to clinical Proof of Concept and focused on two main Therapeutic Areas, Immunology and Neurology. Immunology is based in Slough UK, while Neurology is based in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, close to the company Headquarter located in Brussels. UCB New Medicines is recruiting for the site in Braine-L’Alleud a (m/f):


Gene-Therapy Lead for the Partnering team


Nature and Scope:


We are currently hiring a talented, senior in vitro or in vivo biologist or pharmacologist with experience in gene-therapy to join the Partnering Team, which reports to the VP - Neuroscience TA, based in Braine L’Alleud, Belgium.

At the interface between internal R&D, external R&D in pharma, biotech and academia and business development the Partnering Team plays a critical role in the development of our pipeline and provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for drug hunters. The remits of the group include but are not limited to searching, evaluating and facilitating in-licensing of external and innovative gene-therapy drug discovery and development program in order to enrich the UCB portfolio. Also included are contributions to business negotiations, set-up of research programs and organizing alliance management at early stages of the collaborations. In order to achieve these goals, the group has access to a large panel of experts, available within or outside the organization

To further strengthen our team, we are seeking a senior biologist or pharmacologist with a significant hands on experience in innovative gene-therapy drug discovery. Experience in neurobiology is a plus.

Using his/her network, connections in meetings and available databases, the candidate will scout amidst pharmaceutical companies or academia for possible external assets or programs matching our strategic interests. The function will also include acting as the due diligence expert lead/coordinator within a large DD team, with the aim to pro-actively provide recommendations to decision committees.  In this capacity, he/she will be autonomous in: (i) critically assessing results of in vivo and in vitro experiments; and (ii) provide a broader recommendation on opportunities by assembling an integrated view point. We also expect the candidate will participate more broadly and strategically in our broader efforts of constructing and growing our gene-therapy platform.


Education, Experience &  Skills


The ideal candidate will have acquired his/her PhD in the field(s) of Biology/Pharmacology with strong hands-on discovery research in the gene-therapy context, together with a postdoc in the field and 10+ years experiences in a bio-pharmaceutical environment. A thorough understanding of different phases in pre-clinical drug discovery and hands-on project management is essential.


The candidate will:

•            Have built a large network in the field of gene-therapy,

•            Ideally, good understanding of the neurology disease area

•            Understand partnering processes and have some experience in partnering with external companies

•            A have a proven track record of publications in peer-reviewed, high-quality science journals

•            be open to innovation and driven by science

•            be able to clearly communicate scientific content in management committees

•            have the capacity to understand/deduce partner’s view and situation

•            have the necessary skills to work in a multidisciplinary environment (research, clinical, BD, legal, IP, ….)

•            have an adaptive  sense for change management and for influencing the organization

•            be fluent in English (spoken and written), the official language for meetings and reporting major accountabilities




About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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