Chief Scientific Officer – BioCurate

  • Exciting start-up opportunity
  • Transform the way new medicines are developed
  • Competitive salary package
  • Inner city location

BioCurate is a bold new venture that has been formed to specifically address the well-known ‘valley of death’ – early stage barriers that limit the translation and commercialization of biomedical and pharmaceutical research everywhere.

A first for Australia, and one of a small number of similar initiatives globally, BioCurate’s venture catalyst model provides the commercial focus, industry expertise, and funding critical to boost the successful development of new medicines.  The company is independently governed and operated.

BioCurate is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Monash University, established in Melbourne with the support of the Victorian State Government.

The Opportunity

BioCurate is seeking a Chief Scientific Officer to join this exciting initiative and be part of transforming the way medical research is commercialised in Australia.  This position will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Management and management team to establish and build BioCurate’s drug discovery asset pipeline.  Success as BioCurate’s Chief Scientific Officer will be driven through personal initiative, deep scientific expertise, commercial and industry acumen and leadership qualities.

The Role

Key responsibilities of the Chief Scientific Officer will be to:

  • Provide expert scientific input into projects taking into account commercial objectives.
  • Ensure a scientifically and independent rigorous review of BioCurate projects at initiation and throughout their course and ongoing improvement and refinement of processes for the scientific evaluation of projects.
  • Assist in educating and informing academic researchers in the process of commercialisation.
  • Present BioCurate projects to potential investors.
  • Assist with scientific content for new funding opportunities as required

To be Successful  

To be successful in this role, you will possess a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific discipline and significant leadership and hands on experience, ideally in a mixture of big pharma and start-up environments, of the drug development process, particularly in the non-clinical phase.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • Proven track record of delivery of key milestones from preclinical target validation to Phase 1 clinical studies and ability to contribute at a technical level to multiple programs simultaneously
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, development of customised plans and decision analysis
  • Extensive experience in presenting scientific and commercial information for a range of audiences
  • Ability to work in startup environment and with government, academia or industry
  • Strong record of scientific accomplishment
  • Established international linkages to scientific experts in a variety of disciplines

Applications must address the selection criteria above and include a current CV and covering letter.

Applications and requests for position descriptions should be sent to  All other enquiries, please contact Linda Peterson on 0419 320 435.

Employment screening, including criminal history, medical assessment, confirmation of experience and stated qualifications, Australian working rights and other relevant checks form part of the candidate suitability evaluation process.


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