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Head of Biopharma (SVP) 17 views

Boston, MA

Ginkgo is a high-growth, well-capitalized public 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 in biological engineering.  Ginkgo has built a platform for “cell engineering” to use AI/ML tools for DNA design, long DNA synthesis and assembly, next-gen sequencing, automated culturing, and high-throughput assays to advance pre-clinical research and development as well as manufacturing process optimization across therapeutic modalities.  Ginkgo has programs spanning engineering gene therapy capsids to improve transduction, enhance tissue tropism and reduce immunogenicity with Selecta Bio; synthetic biotics for treatment of homocystinuria with Synlogic; enzymatic therapies for orphan and rare diseases with Selecta Bio;  gene therapy manufacturing with Biogen; and antibiotics discovery with Roche.


  • Execution of existing biopharma programs to successfully meet all milestones and deliverables
  • Identifying and prioritizing scientific areas where Ginkgo’s cell engineering platform can provide a differentiated advantage to potential collaborators’ pre-clinical R&D efforts to advance cell therapies, gene therapies, and biologics
  • Launching and executing new internal cell programs to develop intellectual property to support expansion of Ginkgo’s platform into new therapeutic areas with an eye to expanding Ginkgo’s partnered biopharma portfolio
  • Build and manage a world-class scientific team in mammalian cell engineering
  • Partner with Ginkgo’s leadership team to deliver on company objectives and key results
  • In collaboration with the board and executive team, assembling a scientific advisory board
  • Reporting to the board and executive team on biopharma portfolio progress against timelines and milestones
  • Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Recognized scientific leader in biopharma pre-clinical research and development
  • Demonstrated track record of building and managing successful, high-quality teams
  • Deep connections to the heads of R&D at various biopharma and big pharma companies
  • Ability to lead teams across therapeutic modalities and disease areas
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to partner effectively with the executive team and cross-functional leaders throughout the company and communicate thoughtfully to diverse stakeholders, including collaborators’ executive teams and the board
  • Experience in fast-growth companies a plus
  • Prior experience within a startup or entrepreneurial environment preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment, self-motivation, and drive, and enthusiasm about being 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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