Principal Research Scientist-Drug Delivery

Greenfield, Indiana
April 09 2019
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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The Principal Research Scientist, Drug Delivery is responsible for framing the innovation strategy for and providing scientific leadership to drug delivery for solid oral dosage forms, parenteral small molecule and large molecule products, and novel innovative platform technologies. The scope includes process development, analytical, and formulation development for projects pursued internally, externally, and for due diligence and in-licensing assessments.

In this role, the Principal Research Scientist, Drug Delivery will be responsible for developing Elanco's drug delivery platforms using existing and novel technology platforms in close alignment with Technical Services (TS), Manufacturing, Regulatory and Quality to ensure robust processes are developed and commercialized. The individual in this role is expected to assess and bolster Elanco's innovation capabilities and capacity leverage commonalities across multiple formulations with small molecules and biopharmaceuticals. A substantial part of the capabilities assessment will include an assessment of cross-functional end-to-end process development, review, and execution. The Principal Research Scientist, Drug Delivery will also be responsible for working with team members to delivering key milestones for high priority R&D projects. Further, the incumbent shall provide coaching and guidance to Pharmaceutical and Vaccines Science& Technology (PVST) scientists pharmaceutical development leaders with regard to the development of novel drug products to ensure reliable delivery of innovation to meet unmet or undermet and customer needs.

Functions, Duties, Tasks:
Key Technical Deliverables

  • Develop Elanco's drug delivery platforms using existing and novel technology platforms in close alignment with TSMS, Manufacturing, Regulatory and Quality to ensure robust processes are developed and commercialized.
  • Enhance Elanco's Drug Delivery capabilities, including solid oral dosage forms, parenteral products for small molecules and biopharma products.
  • Contribute to and review relevant Regulatory submissions.
  • Build tools, systems, and business process to enable efficiency, effectiveness and quality in PVST and across development teams & partners in Research and TS.
  • New scientist recruitment and development of scientists
  • Enable compliance with regulatory, safety, and performance standards.
  • Facilitate efficient knowledge sharing across technical teams (Research, Development, TS) to ensure robust problem solving.
  • Identify key issues and propose solutions related to successful technology transfer of research scale processes developed internally or by third party collaborators to GMP manufacturing organizations
  • Effectively facilitate technology transfer between development collaborators and CMOs, as needed, to ensure delivery of adequate supplies of GMP-grade material necessary for clinical trials and commercialization
  • Complete Elanco deliverables in accordance with appropriate regulations and commitments to global regulatory authorities.
Key Leadership Deliverables
  • Proactively search for solutions
  • Work effectively and flexibly within and across all Elanco teams (including non-traditional teams) and external collaborators to achieve overall Elanco deliverables
  • Promote a collaborative environment and entrepreneurial mindset through modeling of the Elanco values
  • Provide and accept challenge to deliver innovative solutions and create an innovative culture
  • Create an engaging culture with a "Play to Win" mentality
  • Identify and utilize methods to deliver individual objectives in a high quality, timely, cost-effective manner
  • Provide information to facilitate accurate and timely project and budget forecasts
  • Influence and participate in industry-focused working groups
  • Coach individuals and teams on best practices and provide rationale and context for decisions
  • Identify, develop, and implement methods for knowledge checks and practice on key processes

Company Overview

Elanco is a global research-based company that develops and delivers product and services to enhance animal health and production. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 7,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Lilly. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are in Greenfield, Indiana.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific field and 15 years' experience in technical drug development or drug product manufacturing or;
  • M.S in similar fields above and 20 years' experience

Additional Information

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Extensive experience with a multitude of drug delivery platforms in the animal health industry
  • Experience in rational design and DOE
  • Effective communication and written skills

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