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Associate Director, Center for External Innovation (CEI) Business Development, Oncology

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boston, MA 02109
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Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire and empower you? At Takeda, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive and collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Join us as an Associate Director, Center for External Innovation (CEI) Business Development, Oncology in our Cambridge, MA office. Become a key contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


The Center of External Innovation is responsible for establishing partnerships to support Takeda Research and Development by driving external engagement on opportunities ranging from academic research collaborations to acquiring late-stage clinical assets. Within CEI, Oncology Business Development is a matrixed team consisting of Business Development, Search and Evaluation, and Project Management leads who collaborate with the Oncology Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) and Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) to (1) develop a BD strategy consistent with DDU and TAU priorities, (2) identify and triage opportunities consistent with the agreed strategy, (3) lead cross-functional due diligence teams to assess program acquisition, in-licensing and asset externalization opportunities across the R&D pipeline and commercial product portfolio and (4) lead and drive the negotiation team to execute on these varied, high visibility transactions. CEI is seeking a highly experienced business development transaction professional to join the Oncology Business Development team and contribute to this critical function within Takeda R&D.


  • Support and lead term sheet and contract negotiations in support of in-licensing, out-licensing, academic and other discovery and clinical stage agreements
  • Collaborate with Search and Evaluation and Project Management leads to finalize in-house technical evaluation and due diligence recommendations on assigned business development opportunities; support due diligence on complex transactions
  • Collaborate with multiple functions within Takeda, including oncology discovery and development leadership, business law, intellectual property counsel, tax, R&D finance, technical accounting and alliance management to formulate deal proposals for senior management review
  • Prepare and present fully integrated proposals for business development opportunities to CEI leadership and senior management
  • Establish and maintain a broad network of relationships with potential licensors worldwide
  • Be an effective ambassador for CEI brand to ensure Takeda is perceived as a Partner of Choice with external organizations


  • Five to seven years of experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry with prior background in business development or related experience required, including pharmaceutical/biotech R&D, pharmaceutical/biotech equity analysis, management consulting, venture capital, or investment banking
  • A track record of success in driving business development projects to completion in the discovery, clinical and commercial arenas
  • Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree is preferred; a Masters degree in a relevant scientific discipline plus over seven years relevant professional experience is acceptable
  • Demonstrated clinical, biological/pharmacological research, or professional experience in a specialty therapeutic area is required
  • Experience leading teams and influencing cross-functional groups, including members of senior leadership
  • Deep understanding of the drug discovery, development, regulatory approval, and commercialization processes
  • Demonstrated scientific knowledge and gravitas to help drive internal BD strategy and hold/drive meaningful discussions externally with Pharma/Biotech executives and key opinion leaders
  • Progressive knowledge of innovative alliance structures, industry trends and competitive issues related to pharmaceutical business development
  • Creative, results oriented self-starter with the ability to deliver high quality deliverables on time that are appropriate for review by senior management
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including a demonstrated ability to be effective in a matrix environment


  • Willingness to travel to various meetings or client sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required.
  • Requires approximately 10-15% travel


401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions

Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

Community Outreach Programs

Empowering Our People to Shine

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Posted: 2021-02-09 Expires: 2021-03-10
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