Jun 02, 2022

Job Description

Your Responsibilities:
6500! That’s the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This di-vision is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients. The NIBR portfolio consists of projects using several therapeutic modalities including small molecules, biologics, gene therapy and cell-based therapies.

Job Purpose:
The NIBR Early Strategic Partnerships (ESP) team is seeking a dynamic individual to join as a Scientific Liaison. ESP is part of the NIBR Academic Partnerships and External Innovation (AP&EI) team, driving NIBR’s targeted outreach, partnering, and search and evaluation efforts in academia globally.

The AP&EI aims to bring in breakthrough technologies through partnering with leading academic institutions using a versatile collaborative research and education program. This role will deliver on the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) vision of accelerating drug discovery through early access to academic innovation. By sourcing transformative early innovation, this role has a direct impact on the Novartis research and early development pipeline.

In this role, you will join a team of scientists to contribute to the search and evaluation of academic opportunities in alignment with NIBR’s scientific priorities. The scope includes visiting key academic partners to communicate NIBR’s scientific needs, building strong communication channels, and establishing productive scientific interactions. The major component of the role is working with academic partners such as Technology Transfer offices and faculty to identify appropriate scientific opportunities, assess these with internal stakeholders at NIBR, and ensure strategically relevant and timely reviews. In addition, you will also work with the team to ensure appropriate collection of data related to outreach and opportunity assessment and maintain databases. You will be a scientific liaison between external scientists and NIBR researchers, connecting people in the context of scientific questions and technologies, and coordinating efforts with other NIBR divisions.
You will be based in Basel, Switzerland and report to the Global Head, Early Strategic Partnerships.

Your responsibilities include, but not limited to:

• Participate in AP&EI’s academic outreach globally to bring in and assess opportunities that are based on NIBR’s external scientific needs.
• Advance potential research collaborations, strategic partnerships and in-licensing. opportunities by implementing proactive outreach strategy that includes networking with academic investigators, roadshows, conferences, mapping of scientific opportunities and long term relationship building with academic institutions.
• Using AP&EI’s strategic partners program, help create academic partnerships with the ultimate goal of connecting NIBR to the highest value external science.
• Work closely with NIBR’s Disease and Functional Areas to develop a deep understanding of ongoing and emerging scientific and technology needs for external collaboration.
• Together with the ESP team and NIBR scientists, review and assess external opportunities for collaboration and partnering.
• Align with other externally facing functions at Novartis, such as Business Development and Licensing; Country Pharma Organization.
• Ensure timely follow-up with external and internal partners, and, in some cases, manage collaborations, maintain the outreach and opportunity tracking databases and use digital and analytical tools for mapping external scientific opportunities.
• Help organize scientific forums of various formats ensuring scientific quality and productive dialogue.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:
• Ph.D. or M.D., in Life Sciences
• 5+ years of Drug Discovery and/or early development experience
• Strong understanding of experimental science and the critical aspects of drug development
• Strong networking skills, with experience building partnerships in both academic and industry environments
• Strong organizational abilities and proven experience of managing projects and deadlines with flexibility to manage competing priorities and shift focus as determined by changing needs of a high-paced environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships with team members and colleagues.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-faceted global team.

Why consider Novartis?
766 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2021 and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

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BD&L & Strategic Planning
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