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VP / Head of Research and Alliance Management

LUPAGEN has a unique opportunity for someone who wants to make an impact in emerging medical technology. We are developing a bedside, patient-connected cell and gene therapy platform that will directly address fundamental barriers to cost and safety of CAR-T cell and gene editing based therapies. We are seeking an experienced, high bandwidth leader, with domain expertise in cell and gene therapy or biological drug development to build and lead the therapy development programs with biopharma customers at LUPAGEN Life Sciences. The Head of Research will hire, develop, and coordinate a team that will include domain experts in clinical development and regulatory. This position will work directly with the Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Engineering in developing device prototypes and product development plans. As a leader in a small and emerging company, this role will have accountability for multiple development programs. Qualified candidates will have substantial experience in the areas of pre-clinical and clinical trial program planning, operations, and program execution, in the development of new technologies, especially in the area of drug-device combination products. Demonstrated ability to lead development programs to delivering on: budget, timeline, design specification, and quality metric commitments is required. This role will report directly to the Chief Scientific Officer.


Dallas metro, Boston metro, Flexible based on candidate; Travel 25-50%

Role and Responsibility

  • Accountable for all aspects of cell biology including establishing direction and hiring team

  • Collaborate with biopharma customers to meet their pre-clinical and clinical development program objectives from pre-IND to approval

  • Own the relationships with internal and external KOLs and subject matter experts

  • Oversight of internal staff, CROs, academic collaborators and customers

  • Ability to condense complex biology for presentation to investors and customers alike

  • Help build the company

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. degree required in a biological field of study, preferably cell biology

  • Strong and diverse understanding of basic cell biology and protein production

  • 10-15 years industry experience required in relevant areas which should include autologous cell therapy; preference to experience in drug-device combination product development

  • Understanding of the U.S. regulatory and EU regulatory process

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and established collaborative working habits 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Must be comfortable in a “roll up your sleeves”, “wear lots of hats” and entrepreneurial company

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

LUPAGEN seeks to globally commercialize technologies that will transform point-of-care disease detection and diagnosis, and the monitoring of therapies. With our employees, LUPAGEN focuses on attracting, developing and retaining the best talent. We seek people with a positive “can-do” attitude and we foster a collaborative and mutually supportive environment.


LUPAGEN is not for everyone…hard work, exciting challenges, limited resources, highly collaborative, fast-paced, and a path toward making a significant impact in the medical device and cell and gene therapy field!

LUPAGEN offers a competitive pay and benefits package with short and long-term incentives for individual, team, and company success. We offer benefits associated with company growth.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. LUPAGEN is a drug-free workplace.


Please forward your CV if interested via email to:


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