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  • Entry level
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  • Cambridge


The J&J Innovation Centers, a part of Johnson & Johnson'sFamily of Companies, is currently recruiting for a Senior Director, ExternalInnovation Search & Evaluation to be based in Boston. Johnson &Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer ofhealth care products, as well as a provider of related services, for thepharmaceutical, consumer health, medical devices, and diagnosticsmarkets. The more than 265 Johnson & Johnson operating companiesemploy over 140,000 people worldwide.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI) constitutes three partswhich work together to enable and bring innovation into J&J: four InnovationCenters (ICs) in Cambridge/Boston, California (Menlo Park), London, andShanghai (; JLABs, a networkof startup incubators, and JJDC, J&J Venture fund. The ICs constitutea platform from which Johnson & Johnson (J&J) identifies, catalyzes,contributes to, and accesses the most promising medical innovations at theleading life sciences companies and universities across the globe.J&J’s goal is to build a pipeline of innovative products that will benefitpatients and will augment long-term corporate growth. Operating withinmajor hubs of innovation allows J&J the opportunity to access technologiesearlier and to help translate them into products for patients by contributingfinancial, intellectual, and human capital. The leading diversifiedhealthcare company in the world, J&J seeks external innovation across abroad range of sectors, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals,diagnostics, consumer healthcare, and digital health.

The Senior Director will play animportant role in representing Johnson & Johnson Innovation and GlobalExternal Innovation unique strategy, encompassing emphasis on externalpartnership, synergies between J&J’s consumer, medical device andpharmaceutical sectors, which enable J&J to lead the development of newapproaches to disease eradication through early detection and interception(“World Without Disease”).

Main Responsibilities:

The Senior Director will support the development of an externalearly stage (before human POC) innovation pipeline aligned with the strategiesof J&J internal business sectors, with primary priority on thepharmaceutical sector. The geographic focus is the East US region, including Boston,North Carolina, Baltimore & Washington DC area, NYC, Chicago, and others.

The role is focused on the early phaseof the “innovation funnel”:development of relationships with keyplayers in the external innovation ecosystem, identifying external innovationopportunities that align with J&J strategy, conducting initial evaluation,preparing introductory information packages for internal discussion andmanaging the initial scientific communication and handoff to the TherapeuticArea (TA) and Sector Leads, who are located in the IC and represent internalR&D. To ensure access to the latest information regarding TA strategyand wish list and close collaboration, the Senior Director will develop strongrelationships with key internal R&D leadership and TA and Sector leads.

This position will report directly tothe East North America ICHead.

The Senior Director will closelynetwork and develop relationships with all key stakeholders in the innovationecosystem across the East US geography: leading Venture Capital firms,accelerators and incubators, startup/biotech companies, non-profit, foundationsand government organizations that foster early innovation, as well as academicinstitutions. He/She will work with other team members in the innovation centerto initiate and attend partnering and networking events across the region andtake responsibility for large scale screening of opportunities from variousinnovation networks and sources.

The Senior Director will alsoserve as the focal contact point, responding and following up on unsolicitedopportunities in the East US region.

The Senior Director will ensure thatall external innovation opportunities presented to the internal teams meet theinternal portfolio standards of scientific excellence, that development risksare identifiable, and that mitigation strategies are conceivable.

The Senior Director will work closelywith the Strategy and Programs Leader to initiate and implement branding andopportunity sourcing programs.

The Senior Director will coordinate with the other innovation centers to ensurethat opportunities are put in a global context and that the best opportunity ofthose identified globally is pursued.

In partnership with other InnovationCenter colleagues, the Senior Director will contribute to the development andenhancement of processes, templates, and data capture systems utilized by theInnovation Centers to attain the highest professional standards in theexecution of duties. They will be accountable to therapeutic areas and theInnovation Centers Leaders for the quality of network and relationships, theflow and quality of opportunities, the efficiency of handoff, alignment withbusiness strategy and coordination of external innovation activities with otherInnovation Centers.

Role Requirements:
- A minimum of an MD or PhD level degree is required.
- At least 10 years of highly technical/professional experience is required.
- A minimum of 7 years of experience in Drug Discovery or Drug Development, with a portion of that experience being gained in an industry setting, is required.
- Pharmaceutical industry experience is highly preferred.
- Experience in participating on scientific due diligence teams is preferred.
- Must have an entrepreneurial, self-starter mindset and ability to inspire others to partner and collaborate.
- Established network in the innovation ecosystem in the East US is preferred.
- Frequent travel and attendance of after-hours business events and dinners will be required.
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Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location
United States-Massachusetts-Cambridge- Organization
J&J Innovation LLC (6205)
Job Function
Business Development
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