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Biomarkers Director

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

Job Description

General Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to act as a Biomarker Lead, working in a dynamic, cross- functional environment spanning the preclinical, translational and clinical domains to develop a clinical biomarker strategy and implement and deliver biomarkers for Vertex’s clinical assets in Pain.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for developing the clinical biomarker strategy for the pain portfolio at Vertex and implementing the biomarker plan during clinical development
  • Collaborate with Research, Translational Medicine and Clinical Development on development of translational biomarker plans for Vertex’s novel NaV programs
  • Collaborate with Clinical Study Teams and colleagues in Translational Medicine and Clinical Development to ensure appropriate inclusion of Biomarkers in clinical studies, including study design
  • Coordinate with Clinical Pharmacology, Biostatistics and Modeling & Simulation to support PK/PD analyses
  • Serve as a key member of project teams, providing expert input and guiding clinical development of novel biomarkers
  • Manage work with CRO and/or collaborate with colleagues from Biomarker Labs to ensure fit-for-purpose validation of clinical biomarker assays prior to implementation
  • Partner with colleagues across the clinical and research organizations to foster an end-to-end view of drug development, always focusing on improving patient care
  • Identify and lead opportunities for biomarker-focused external collaboration

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with design, execution and analysis of clinical biomarkers of target engagement, safety, pharmacodynamics, and efficacy in neurology with experience in developing pain biomarkers desired
  • Innovative and able to think creatively with a strong drive toward decision making
  • Effective at building alliances across functions, based on end-to-end drug development experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to drive global collaborations across a matrixed organization

Education and Experience:

  • A PhD and/or MD with clinical biomarker development experience
  • 9 years post-degree industry experience in the development and execution of Clinical Biomarker strategies with expertise in developing biomarkers for acute and chronic pain related programs.
  • Scientific expertise in electrophysiology or pain research



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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