General Information

Job Advert Title
Rx+ New Business Opportunities Head
Location
Netherlands, United Kingdom
Function/Business Area
Research
Department
Rx+ Research & Incubation
Employment Class
Permanent

Description

Rx+ New Business Opportunities Head

About Astellas:

At Astellas we offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.
Our expertise, science and technology make us a Lifesciences company, our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.
Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.
Our global vision is centred on providing value for patients based on the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword, it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division.
Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.
We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership. Our aspiration is to bring the best minds together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About This Job:

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role within our Rx+ Business Accelerator Division driving ideation internally and externally. This division of Astellas seeks to create stand-alone businesses that integrates innovative medical technology with cutting-edge technology in different fields, to provide solutions beyond drugs across the patient journey from prevention through diagnosis, therapeutic and prognostic care.
The Rx+ New Business Opportunities Head will be responsible for driving a continuous and robust portfolio of new, promising business opportunities. This is a Leadership position supporting the decision making for the generation  incubation and evaluation of business ideas, developed in house or externally.
Managing an inhouse team of c.15, this role will appeal to those with a curious mind, a passion for science and technology (particularly MedTech, Digital Health and Medical Devices), and who have a background of working in early stage ideation

Key Activities are noted below:

  • Build a continuous and robust pipeline of new Rx+ business ideas through establishing internal ideation processes, capabilities, and external partnering
  • Create and maintain a culture of continuous learning, curiosity and exploration, coach and mentor platform-based technical/scientific colleagues to develop their understanding and expertise related to issues specific to Rx+.
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for Rx+ programs/projects in idea generation phase and preclinical research phase
  • Ensure Rx+ ideas and R+ projects move quickly and efficiently to go/no-go decision points and agreed milestones
  • Evaluate and manage Rx+ research and incubation resources/budget ensuring optimal resources are applied to projects
  • Ensure the Leadership Team have a robust understanding of current scientific and technical trends through continuous landscape assessment
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of research collaborations with academia/external partners as necessary.
  • Advise and support development and commercial members of Rx+ to assure quality scientific and non- clinical inputs are factored into key decisions across Rx+ activities. This includes collaborating with Business Development in evaluating later stage external opportunities and participating in the technical review of Rx+ based licensing opportunities

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Solid experience of leading ideation and incubation activities for innovative areas in healthcare and life sciences, particularly within Medtech, Medical Devices or Digital Health
  • Demonstrated experience of collaborating with start-ups and venture capitalists in pursuit of improving patients’ lives through use of new technologies and approaches.
  • Able to lead global teams with the ability to assess, coach and develop capabilities
  • Able to deliver successful research of drug therapies or medical devices/software on time and budget, with measurable peer review for quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

Education/Qualifications:

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification is desirable but not essential

Additional information:

  • This is a permanent full time global position that can be based in the UK or Netherlands

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.