Corporate Development Lead
Job Opportunity at Spark Therapeutics, Inc

Posted on Jul 18

http://www.sparktx.com    215-220-9300

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4162006

The Corporate Development Lead will support the identification and evaluation of new business opportunities and enabling technologies in gene therapy and related areas. The individual will oversee and lead corporate development activities including product and IP licensing, strategic collaborations, asset out-licensing, and provide overall corporate perspectives to other business relationships (e.g. supply agreements, assay development agreements, material transfer agreements).
The person in this role will interface with colleagues in corporate strategy and public affairs, research and development, commercial, technical operations, medical and legal groups to manage the due diligence process, manage the deal process and complete transactions:

  • Work with the Head of Business Development in the identification of new business opportunities and deal structures that are a good strategic fit with Spark’s strategy
  • Develop and manage relationships with genetic medicine companies that may have assets or technologies of interest
  • Manage term sheet creation process and coordinate deal negotiations in collaboration with legal / IP partners (internal and external) to draft, negotiate and close contracts
  • Support development of business cases in collaboration with Corporate Strategy and New Product Planning to enable deal assessments and positioning
  • Lead due diligence of opportunities include coordination of internal teams as well as definition, framing, and tracking of due diligence activities
  • Bring best practices to business development diligence activities and further develop diligence capabilities at Spark
  • Maintain database of key business transactions and scientific value drivers across the biotechnology industry
  • Support Search and Evaluation in evaluation of technologies of interest, scientific rationale, and/or technical feasibility of relevant opportunities
  • Attend relevant industry scientific and/or medical conferences

  • Identify new business opportunities and develop relationships
  • Perform corporate development activities in support of deal process and transactions
  • Define and lead due diligence activities

  • Demonstrated understanding of new technologies/science in biopharma industry with a preference for experience in rare diseases and/or genetic medicine
  • Experience working with asset and/or supply purchase agreements
  • Demonstrated track record of identifying strategic opportunities, developing recommendations and conducting deal process
  • Demonstrated ability to build internal relationships and influence without direct authority
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong decision-making ability, including ability to synthesize complex and diverse inputs to a problem and recommend solutions/preferred options
  • Skillful presenter of scientific and business topics to executives
  • Ability to create, understand and interpret financial models
  • Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint

  • MBA preferred (or will consider an M.D. /Ph.D. / J.D. with appropriate experience)
  • Generally, has 10+ years industry experience either in a business development/transactions role within the biopharma sector (may include experience in biopharma investment banking or a transactional-focused biopharma consultancy)


Transforming Patient’s Lives. Spark Therapeutics is a pioneering gene therapy leader transforming the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing one-time, life-altering treatments. We are embarking on our goal to deliver the first approved gene therapy product in the US for genetic blinding conditions and have a product pipeline addressing other unmet rare genetic diseases. We have an entrepreneurial culture and are looking for talented and passionate professionals who are committed and motivated to making a difference in the lives of our patients. If you share our passion for excellence and are looking for a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity, scientific innovation and team collaboration, you may be a great fit for our team.

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