Director, Clinical Development, Rare Diseases

Cambridge, MA
March 07 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Director, Clinical Development, Rare Diseases

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a high-energy, Board Certified/ Board Eligible physician for its metabolic rare diseases development programs. This role will report to the Sr. Director, Clinical Development, Rare Diseases, and have direct medical responsibility for clinical development programs including creating overall clinical development plans, designing clinical studies, writing protocols, ensuring timely execution and medical monitoring all in close collaboration with relevant Moderna teams as well as external pharmaceutical partners and Clinical Research Organizations.

The successful candidate will thrive in a proactive can-do culture and enjoy working across the full range of clinical development activities for the ground-breaking, mRNA-based new drug candidates, in addition to being a highly-effective internal and external team player and terrific communicator and collaborator.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Leadership of Early Development Program Team(s) and the evolving program strategy, incorporating appropriate external expertise
  • Integrate the scientific rationale, regulatory requirements, product development plan, and commercial goals to build a solid strategic framework for Clinical Development Plans (CDP)
  • Establish appropriately clinical development timelines, incorporating key decision points and Go/No Go criteria for each CDP.
  • Ensure smooth transition from an early preclinical discovery phase to a full clinical development program
  • Provide clinical leadership for rare diseases, serve as a representative for clinical development/ medical strategy areas both internal and external facing (e.g., CRO, KOL and clinical site staff)
  • Serve as cross-functional leader on medical and clinical work streams including clinical pharmacology, statistics, clinical operations, regulatory affairs, and translational medicine
  • Act as subject matter expert on clinical and medical strategic initiatives
  • Design and develop clinical development plans, study protocols and interpret clinical study data, including review of the pre-clinical package
  • Implement safety strategy across studies, including regular review of safety data (including but not limited to SAEs) and response to safety issues
  • Lead clinical sections of regulatory documents (e.g., IND, DMF and BLA/NDA), prepare for meetings with FDA and healthcare authorities and organize and prepare for Advisory Board meetings
  • Leadership of metabolic rare diseases clinical trials with adherence to cGCP and FDA Regulatory compliance
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in Clinical Development and the broader Moderna organization

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • M.D. with strong leadership skills and proven biopharmaceutical industry experience managing early and late stage development programs
  • 3+ years experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, including direct experience leading the delivery of an IND or CTA.
  • Strong scientific research background in areas of focus; experience in other aspects of preclinical development
  • Demonstrated track record in leading cross-functional teams and work streams (e.g., biostatistics, regulatory, pre-clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences)
  • An "A" record of accomplishment including developing, planning, designing, and executing clinical studies leading to the successful registration of therapeutics
  • Experience in supporting regulatory submissions to the FDA and other regulatory agencies
  • Thorough understanding of the drug development process, including GCP, and experience in clinical operations
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to relate to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience presenting to a wide variety of audiences including internal teams and medical/scientific communities
  • Highly developed understanding of the external market place and scientific literature to identify long-term benefits for unmet patients' needs
  • Demonstrated scientific accomplishment enabling rapid understanding of the mRNA technology
  • Marked proficiency in clinical/medical writing and verbal communication
  • Understanding of the entire drug development process, including clinical and non-clinical study design and execution
  • Experience in leading the selection and oversight of CROs and other vendors
  • Qualified to lead internal cGCP audits and regulatory inspections related to clinical trial conduct
  • Thorough command of FDA, MHRA and ICH GCP guidelines to ensure the appropriate conduct of clinical studies in the United States, Europe and rest of world
  • Creative, capable, problem-solver
  • Track record of dogged pursuit of solutions for patients
  • Demonstrated track record of living values core to Moderna

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • 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 immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit .

Our Mission:
Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


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 person's 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.

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