Annexon Biosciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel therapies for patients with classical complement-mediated disorders of the body, eye and brain. The Company’s pipeline is based on its platform technology addressing well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease processes, both of which are triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. The Company’s first product candidate, ANX005, is a full-length monoclonal antibody formulated for intravenous administration in autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. The Company’s second product candidate, ANX007, is a monoclonal antibody antigen-binding fragment (Fab) formulated for intravitreal administration for the treatment of neurodegenerative ophthalmic disorders. Based on learnings from its initial trials, Annexon is advancing its current programs while evaluating additional orphan and large market indications. Annexon is deploying a disciplined, biomarker-driven development strategy designed to establish that each of its product candidates is engaging the specific target at a well-tolerated therapeutic dose in the intended patient tissue.
This position reports into the Vice President of Global Clinical Operations. The Sr. Director will contribute to the development and implementation of clinical studies. Responsibilities include providing leadership to staff and study teams to ensure clinical trials are conducted in accordance with the protocols, Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), and other applicable regulatory requirements. Establish and lead meetings with CROs and other trial vendors and serve as a key escalation point for teams and vendors. The Sr. Director will contribute Clinical Operations expertise in cross-functional meetings and develop and implement department initiatives. Management and mentoring of direct reports (Director through entry level) is expected.
Accountable for the oversight and execution of multiple clinical trials including:
- Member of core team(s) providing strategic direction to study teams to meet corporate goals and timelines
- Develop, implement, and provide oversight of vendor budgets and contracts
- Tracking and reporting of study metrics
- Identify and mitigate risks to study implementation, enrollment, conduct, compliance, and completion
- Develop and manage effective working relationships with Investigators and other key clinical opinion leaders
- Provides technical expertise for the development of clinical documents (protocols, monitoring plans, clinical trials report, investigator brochures, etc.) and trial conduct
- Remains current with therapeutic areas under study, industry practices / trends and FDA requirements. Applies this knowledge to current programs
- Partners with and maintains regular contact with key stakeholders including Regulatory, Clinical Development, Legal, Finance, and others as necessary
- Leads the team in the selection of Contract Research Organizations (CROs) for both large budget and small budget
- Attends CRO or other vendor meetings such as project kick-off and investigator meetings, quarterly face-to-face meetings, and others as necessary to assure alignment and achievement of study goals
- Contributes to definition, development, and implementation of Clinical Operations functional initiatives for role clarity and institution of best practices
- Travel may be required up to 30% in support of clinical study activities
- BS/BA or MS/MA degree in related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience
- A minimum of 10 years of experience leading clinical trial operations including multinational/multisite clinical studies with experience in neurology and/or ophthalmology drug development
- Strong leadership skills with ability to be hands-on and lead/ manage the clinical team.
- Experience with direct line-management of clinical operations staff
- Has a thorough knowledge of the clinical development process, FDA, EMA and other regulatory requirements that may impact global clinical studies as well as ICH and GCP guidelines
- Experience with financial budgeting or reporting
- Ability to interact with with investigators, vendors, and individuals at all levels of the organization