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Sanofi Group Senior Clinical Research Director, Neurology Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Senior Clinical Research Director, reporting to the Global Project Head, will be responsible for oversight of development plans designed to gain approval for new Disease Modifying Therapies to treat Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. The successful candidate will supervise a team of Clinical Research Directors within the Global Project Team to manage the clinical aspects of development projects. The current lead program (venglustat in GBA-PD) aims to start Phase 3 in mid-2021. The ideal clinical lead will have experience in leading Phase 2 and 3 trials in Parkinson’s disease, but experience in other neurological disease states will be considered.

Some of the core job responsibilities include those listed below, as well as all other duties assigned.

Scientific and Technical Expertise:

  • Has and maintains deep scientific, technical and clinical expertise in neurology

  • Understands and keeps updated with the pre-clinical, clinical pharmacology and data relevant to the molecule of interest

  • Critically reads and evaluates relevant medical literature with deep understanding of the data and status from competitive products

  • Maintains visibility within the MS/Neurology/Gene Therapy therapeutic area to maintain credibility with internal and external stakeholders

On Clinical Development:

  • Experience leading teams in large Phase 3 trials

  • Designs the global clinical development strategy (in close cooperation with other members of the team, particularly Regulatory Affairs end Health Economics) and leads the clinical development with regard to ongoing development activities and planned LCM for labelling changes

  • Assessment of the Clinical benefit –risk profile during development and LCM on an ongoing basis, in strong collaboration with GPE and the CSO team

  • Provides clinical input to the Target Product Profile

  • Adjusts and updates the clinical strategy when necessary according to the project progression and information available

  • Contributes to the life cycle management strategy for the project whenever appropriate

The Senior Clinical Research Director will represent Clinical Development:

  • at the Project Team

  • in meetings with Regulatory Agencies

  • in Steering Committees (SC) and Data Monitoring Committees (DMC)

  • at the Benefit Risk Assessment Committee

  • at the Submission Task Force. Provides clinical input and reviews the product information (Summary of Product Characteristics or equivalent)

The Senior Clinical Research Director oversees document preparation:

  • Participates in generating the Clinical Development Plan

  • Serves to review the clinical part of meeting requests and briefing packages for meetings with Regulatory agencies

  • Participates in writing of abbreviated protocols for clinical trials and reviews the protocols and protocol amendments prepared by the Clinical Study Director (CSD)*

  • Writes or updates the clinical section of the Clinical Investigator Brochure and the clinical parts of the Clinical Trial Authorization dossier (IMPD, IND) in collaboration with the pharmacovigilance (GPE) department and the clinical pharmacologist

  • Reviews and when appropriate approves the committees charters

  • Prepares with the support of the medical writing department the summary of clinical efficacy and clinical overview of the Common Technical Document (CTD). Provide input and reviews all clinical sections of the CTD (clinical pharmacology, summary of clinical safety…) and other sections whenever appropriate

  • Prepares answers to questions from Regulatory Agencies on the clinical efficacy of the project and collaborates with GPE in preparing answers on the clinical safety of the project, collaborates on other sections whenever appropriate

  • In charge of the medical/clinical assessment of license-in opportunities

The Senior Clinical Research Director supports:

  • Reviews of the Statistical Analysis Plans

  • Protocols and Clinical Trial Authorization dossier, writes/reviews answers to clinical questions from Health Authorities and IRB/Ethics Committees

  • When appropriate collaborates with the CSD in preparing material for investigators meetings and in answering questions from investigators

  • Review of the list of countries for clinical studies

  • Review of Key Results Memos and Clinical Study Reports

  • Clinical input to and reviews of the Risk Management Plan

  • Scientific publications and communications on the project

  • Key medical information on the project to internal people (e.g. market access, marketing, medical department in the affiliates…) and external people (e.g. Key Opinion Leaders) in respect with communication policies

Basic Qualifications:

  • MD.

  • More than 5 years of clinical or scientific, or more than 10 years industry, experience within the field of neurology compounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board certified or eligible in Neurology preferred

  • Prior experience in late-phase clinical development programs

  • Strong scientific and academic background with deep understanding of disease

  • Clinical research or pharmaceutical experience in neurology preferred

  • Knowledge of drug development preferred

  • Good networking ability in cross-cultural environment

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills across all levels of the organization

  • Performance oriented with ability to work along agreed timelines and a focus on strategy and execution

  • Outstanding communicator. Excellent problem-solving, conflict-resolution and decision-making skills

  • Fluent in English (verbal and written communication)

Sanofi US Services, Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



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