Open Positions: Director/Senior Director, Formulation R&D
Arvinas is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases through the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies that degrade disease-causing proteins. Arvinas uses its proprietary PROTAC® Discovery Engine platform to engineer proteolysis targeting chimeras, or PROTAC® targeted protein degraders, that are designed to harness the body’s own natural protein disposal system to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins. In addition to its robust preclinical pipeline of PROTAC® protein degraders against validated and “undruggable” targets, the company has two clinical-stage programs: ARV-110 for the treatment of men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer; and ARV-471 for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER+/HER2- breast cancer. For more information, visit www.arvinas.com.
The Director/Senior Director will serve as a core member of the development team and conduct manufacturing development and scale-up for Arvinas small-molecule drug candidates entering Phase 2 studies and beyond. Working closely with process chemistry, clinical supply logistics, clinical operations, and quality assurance, the incumbent will be accountable for formulation/process development of clinical assets as they are brought into later stage development. Working through CDMOs, responsibilities include clinical supply manufacture, scale-up activities, validation campaigns, and technology transfer. The candidate will be a process development expert with direct experience in optimizing and scaling-up robust formulations applicable to solid oral and parenteral dosage forms of small molecules. The incumbent will ensure all activities occur in compliance with the appropriate SOPs and regulations.
With two compounds moving into later stage clinical development and one more entering the clinic in mid-2021, Arvinas leads the field of protein degradation – one of the newest areas in pharmaceutical research and development, and one with the potential to have profound impact on human health. This position represents the chance for a motivated scientist to have an immediate, direct impact on the path PROTAC® molecules take towards fulfilling the promise of this mode of therapeutic intervention.
This position can be based in New Haven, CT or may be performed remotely from a location within the U.S.
Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:
- Provide technical expertise, and specialized knowledge in process/formulation development and drug product manufacturing to support the Arvinas portfolio of later stage clinical drug assets.
- Apply scientifically driven thinking to the development and manufacture of formulations and products which meet pre-determined product profiles.
- Through the services of contract manufacturing vendors, maintain accountability for development, optimization, scale-up, and technology transfer of scalable and robust processes applicable to oral and parenteral drug products.
- Responsible for technical leadership in preparation of engineering, clinical, and validation batches.
- Provide technical input on requests-for-proposals, identification of, and selection of vendors for scale-up and manufacture of clinical formulations.
- Evaluate the activities and emergent data from on-going formulation development, manufacturing, and analytical work at CDMOs.
- Evaluate data associated with characterization and stability testing of drug products that assess suitability of a drug product for an intended purpose. Establish appropriate specifications for drug product and their intermediates.
- Convert data on formulations/products into knowledge required for regulatory filings. Draft the relevant sections of these regulatory filings.
- Responsible for identifying drug product critical quality attributes and critical process parameters.
- Responsible for effective risk assessments/FMEA for manufacturing processes
- Interact effectively and build successful relationships with members of the Arvinas development and project management staff. Assist in creating efficient process development practices within Arvinas.
- Hands-on experience in formulation development, process optimization, scale-up, technology transfer, and manufacturing of solid oral and parenteral dosage forms of small molecules.
- Must be experienced in managing clinical stage programs as a drug product lead.
- Familiarity with quality-by-design (QbD) approaches to drug product development
- Must be an experienced leader in a cross functional setting that requires frequent interaction with internal and external stakeholders relevant to early & late-stage product development.
- Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Regulatory Guidance Documents as they relate to manufacture and quality testing of pharmaceutical products.
- Experience with creating RFPs, and working with CDMOs for formulation development, process optimization, and manufacturing of drug product.
- Ability to multi-task and manage several projects in parallel, and effectively prioritize and deliver on short timelines.
- Proven ability to quickly adapt to changes in project direction.
- Ability to forge cross-functional working relationships with internal and external project partners.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Proven ability to think creatively and obtain solutions to complex and diverse problems. Proven record of creative, productive, and insightful analysis and achievement.
- Conduct themselves in an ethical, honest, and accountable manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly motivated work environment.
- Entrepreneurial with self-starting personality; ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
- A willingness to take on challenging problem statements and acquire/apply the skills necessary to address them.
- Enthusiastic desire to roll up sleeves and dig in. Confidence in own abilities to get things done.
- Able to meet tight deadlines on multiple priorities.
- Strong analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Customer focused with strong teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Requirement to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
- Ability to develop solutions to problems and implement them.
- Minimum of an advanced degree in Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, or Engineering
- 12-15+ years of relevant experience in industrial drug development is required.
Arvinas is proud to offer a competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision, and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, and much more. To learn more about Arvinas, please visit www.arvinas.com.
Arvinas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.