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Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development-Industrial Biotech 17 views

Remote/Boston, MA

Ginkgo is a publicly-held, well-funded, high-growth biotech company in Boston that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. We are seeking a Director of Technical Business Development to join our dynamic, passionate, and collaborative team dedicated to cultivating and executing new business partnerships within Ginkgo’s space. 
As an Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development for our Commercial Cell Engineering team, you will be a core part of the Business Development team at Ginkgo that is pursuing opportunities in a variety of market sectors (e.g. Nutrition & Wellness, Materials, Energy, Agriculture and more).
You will be scientifically supporting opportunity scouting and conducting diligence in new areas where Ginkgo’s platform can effectively serve as a disruptive technology. Given your technical expertise you understand how synthetic biology can help drive aspects like organism design to support customer’s product development needs. Given your industry experience, you know the key players, understand the biotechnology field and keep up with emerging trends. You also enjoy understanding the technical capabilities of the platform, building relationships, and taking a proactive approach to maximizing new and existing business opportunities. 
In this role, you will work cross-functionally with team members from deal transaction, IP, legal, and technical program teams throughout all aspects of the technical pitch, scoping, proposal, negotiations and contract execution. 
You will play a key role as the technical lead for the Business Development team in partnering discussions. Working closely with the Ginkgo scientific teams and potential partner scientific teams, you will understand the problems that Ginkgo can help a partner address, answer technical questions, and build a scope of work during the business development partnering process. And most importantly, you see the bigger picture:  you’re excited about Ginkgo and eager to help us achieve our mission of making biology easier to engineer. 
To be successful in this role, you would largely replace the program leads on technical elements of BD planning until smooth signoff on and handoff of agreed to technical development plans.
This role is at least two parts science and one part business.
Note on additional materials to include: As noted, we are seeking candidates for Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development who are enthusiastic about supporting the Business Development process from the technical side to help pitch, scope, negotiate, and close new deals and business opportunities. Please include a deal sheet with your application if available/applicable.
Note on position location: This position has the flexibility to be full-time onsite in Boston or part-time residence based, with requirements to be onsite at Ginkgo to remain current on technical understanding and for other team needs.


  • Lead the scientific and technical aspects of partnering discussions with customers in identified markets
  • Identify new technical capabilities Ginkgo should build to address emerging platform needs
  • Identify new markets that Ginkgo should enter and scope out the key applications and differentiating capabilities of the Ginkgo platform in such markets
  • Serve as an internal liaison between the Business Development team and the Foundry and Program Teams during the partnering process  
  • Speak and meet with potential partners at industry conferences 
  • Travel as necessary
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Metabolic engineer or protein engineers or relevant scientific experience with a desire to get into the commercial side
  • PhD in a scientific field
  • Deep understanding of the synthetic biology and biotechnology industry and its applications
  • Track record of helping to translate scientific value and applications of scientific platforms in partnering discussions
  • Ability to understand different parts of the Ginkgo platform and find new applications that could benefit partners
  • Ability to thoughtfully expand existing partnerships
  • Passion for collaboration and significant experience in relationship-building, and  leveraging and converting market knowledge and relationships into business opportunities 
  • Motivation and ability to innovate while working towards Ginkgo’s goals
  • Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence and an ability to work across organizational boundaries
  • Eagerness to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment and enthusiasm to be a part of Ginkgo’s mission
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    We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  
    We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.
    It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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