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Chief Medical Officer

San Francisco



Position Summary:
The Chief Medical Officer will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The primary role of the CMO will be to provide leadership and direction for the company’s pipeline of clinical development programs in hepatitis B and other viral infections. The CMO will be responsible for the strategy, direction and execution of the company’s clinical development plans. The CMO will be a key member of the senior management team which determines and oversees research and drug development and sets the overall strategic direction of the company. This is a unique opportunity to have an impact on the success of a well-positioned, well-financed biotechnology company.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate as an active member of the senior management team to develop and implement the strategy and vision of the Company with respect to clinical development
  • Provide strong scientific leadership and function as a key liaison between the Company and its external scientific advisors and clinical consultants
  • Plan and implement the clinical development of the Company’s products in a way that is consistent with corporate goals and timelines and compliance requirements
  • Provide scientific and clinical expertise in support of business development activities
  • Represent company at scientific meetings with high visibility at the level of professional peers


Qualifications include:

MD with Board Certification in infectious disease, immunology, or other related field

At least 15 years of experience in clinical practice or industry as a sponsor working on investigational new drugs

Multiple years of management experience leading a diverse clinical development oganizations including design and oversight of complex trial designs, Clinical Development, Biometrics, Project Management, Clinical Supply and Clinical operations

A proven success record in Phase I-IV clinical studies as well as the successful submission of INDs and marketing approval-directed filings (BLAs, NDAs, and MAAs)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of relevant FDA regulations and guidelines as well as those of the EU and other health authorities; experience in interactions with FDA personnel is essential; experience in interactions with other health authorities a plus

Experience with, or strong knowledge of virology drug development desirable

Experience in translational medicine, clinical pharmacology and early stage development is desirable

Excellent communication skills and capable of articulating the Company’s clinical and regulatory strategies to a wide audience including the CEO, the Board of Directors, Company employees, and the investor community



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