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Corporate Counsel, Discovery & Research

Company: Moderna Therapeutics
Location: Somerville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:This newly created role is an exciting opportunity to be an important part of a growing legal team. The Corporate Counsel, Discovery & Research is responsible for providing pragmatic, business-minded legal solutions for platform and pipeline research projects, drafting and negotiating related contracts in compliance with policies and procedures, and helping research teams meet their objectives with research collaborators. This position will report to the SVP & Deputy General Counsel, and is in Cambridge, MA.Heres What Youll Do:Negotiate and draft a variety of R&D agreements required to execute on GO BIG ID plans, Moderna X, platform research, etc.Manage contract workflow from intake to obtaining signatures, and provide contract lifecycle support to internal stakeholdersBuild strong cross-functional relationships with colleagues in R&D, Tech Ops, and other client groups to create efficient and effective processesPerform analysis on legal rights, obligations, and strategies, to help the Company achieve its commercial goals and objectivesProactively coordinate with the legal team to contribute to and to stay informed of global pharmaceutical laws and regulationsProvide legal support for US Tech Ops groupAssist the SVP & Deputy General Counsel Global on other legal projects as neededHeres What Youll Bring to the Table:J.D. from an accredited law school; admitted into practice and in good standingSignificant experience drafting and negotiating the full gamut of contracts related to research and development in the life sciences industry is required, ideally in both a law firm setting and as a member of a legal department in a pharmaceutical/biotech company. Scientific background is preferred, and basic understanding of and curiosity regarding scientific concepts related to pharmaceutical research is requiredStrong drafting and communication skills, and an ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail without losing sight of the big pictureCommitment to client service, finding solutions, relationship building, continued learning, proactivity and confidentialityGeneral understanding of the concepts, terminology and interdependencies that are important in the research-based pharmaceutical industry, including with respect to intellectual property rightsExcellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and by serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinkerAbility to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situationsDemonstrated ability to own projects and consistently meet tight timing requirements and high-quality standardsStrong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organizationAbility to handle confidential and proprietary information using impeccable discretion and judgmentHeres What Well Bring to the Table: On-site subsidized cafeteria or catered lunchesCompany-provided iPhoneFree parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail passFree annual corporate membership to BluebikesHighly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSPFlexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave20 weeks 100% paid medical leaveEligible for Moderna Month (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediatelyA suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disabilityVoluntary legal assistance plan15 days vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)About Moderna:In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Modernas capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.Modernas mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit .Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a persons race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. #LI-LW1- Full timeSDL2017

Keywords: Moderna Therapeutics, Somerville , Corporate Counsel, Discovery & Research, Other , Somerville, Massachusetts

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