INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Initially part-time (3 days per week), 12 month fixed term contract
- Challenging role for motivated self-starter
- Experienced IP and BD manager role
- Work from home anywhere in Australia
About the business and the role
Prima BioMed (ASX: PRR, NASDAQ: PBMD) is a globally active biotechnology company developing immunotherapeutic products for cancer and autoimmune diseases. With operations based in Australia, Europe and the US, Prima BioMed is dedicated to bringing innovative treatment options to market for patients and to maximising value for shareholders
To expand the team, an exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Intellectual Property/Business Development Manager to join initially, on a 12 month fixed term, 3 day a week basis with the ability to work from home anywhere within Australia. The role will suit an enthusiastic, flexible individual with a can-do attitude, a high level of initiative and strong written and verbal communication skills. The candidate will also be extremely organised with high attention to detail in record keeping and will be prepared to work across multiple time zones.
Job tasks and responsibilities
- Primary responsibility for management of the company’s patent and trademark portfolio which currently incorporates 12 families of patents. You will be responsible for receiving office actions, coordinating responses with internal stakeholders and reporting to the Chief Operating Officer to ensure alignment to the company’s clinical and business development strategies.
- Administration of the patent portfolio including payment of renewals, budgeting and preparation of IP related content where required for support of news flow or promotion of the Company e.g. shareholder newsletter, press releases, annual reports, AGM presentations, product fact sheets, due diligence materials, product information dossiers.
- Maintaining internal databases and handbooks to monitor status of IP portfolio.
- General business development activities including the assessment of partnering, licensing and collaboration enquiries and due diligence activities.
- Maintain and coordinate compilation of documents for the company data room.
- Where required, support the international clinical and manufacturing team to source suitably qualified service providers in Australia for an ongoing phase 1 clinical trial.
- Keep informed of current industry developments or funding opportunities and reporting key information to the executive team.
- Liaising with existing and potential industry/academic partners regarding R&D projects, collaborations, grant applications.
- Provide executives with regular updates regarding research on competitive technologies/companies, freedom to operate.
Skills and experience
- A tertiary qualification in a life sciences discipline and an understanding of biotechnology and immunology;
- Previous experience in a similar role in the biotech industry managing a patent portfolio and licensing contracts.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to rapidly acquire an understanding of complex subject matter. Ability to understand, distil and communicate technical concepts to a wider audience.
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills.
- Knowledge of R&D tax incentive and other government programs would be an advantage
- High level of attention to detail and ability to thrive in a flexible, fast paced environment.
- Flexibility to work hours outside of standard 9-5 office hours to accommodate working in a global company across multiple time zones.
- An existing home office with ability to work autonomously remotely but ability to travel occasionally when needed for meetings with executives in the Sydney, Pitt St office or elsewhere is preferred.
- This role reports to the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel & Company Secretary.