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Pfizer Executive Director RNA Medicine Lead Global Head in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The External Science & Innovation (ES&I), Emerging Science Lead-RNA Medicine Global Head, has the following accountabilities: To be a key driver in harnessing external innovation and strengthen Pfizer WRD's pre-clinical pipeline. The candidate will perform targeted outreach to the life sciences communities (including academia, biotech, venture firms, consortia, etc.) in key scientific hubs. The candidate will have dual responsibility for the pipeline enhancement of the cross RU as well as CTI by sourcing cutting edge science, target proposals, discovery projects,

To fulfill these responsibilities the candidate will have

  • long standing disease area expertise for diverse biology skills in RNA-based medicines across all therapeutic areas with specific emphasis in infectious diseases (with a clearly demonstrated track record)

  • Demonstrated strong networking capabilities (internal & external)

  • proven experience in project leadership

The ES&I Emerging Science Lead will align and work with all research units and CTI to help build the strategy for the early stage portfolio in collaboration with the Chief Scientific Officers and his or her leadership team and its execution in areas spanning all inflammatory diseases.

The role supports Pfizer's broad strategic objectives which include creating a future R&D ecosystem where internal capabilities and science blend with external innovation and where breakthrough ideas can develop into differentiated medicines.

This role champions a culture of innovative thinking, scientific excellence, entrepreneurship, and strategic execution.


The Emerging Science Lead (ESL) responsibilities include:

  • Identify and evaluate external cutting edge emerging science of strategic fit for WRD in the discovery to clinical Candidate & Technology space to source partnerships (incl. research collaborations, licensing, acquisitions) for CTI and RUs

  • Identify new RNA drug development projects through a blend of internal science and external alliances with companies, academic institutions and disease area or delivery platform experts (e.g. lipid nanoparticle, viral, other).

  • Coordinate RNA-focused activities across ES&I, Research Units and Medicinal Sciences to execute on a strategic vision that leverages a range of Pfizer funding and partnering vehicles for the advancement of RNA medicines.

  • The ESL has networking & sourcing responsibilities for all related RNA based medicines globally in order to provide both CTI and RU with innovative cutting edge science, including novel biology, targets, Lead Discover, up to CAN projects, or breakthrough and enabling technologies & platforms from academia, biotech and other life science community sources

  • Network with CTI partnered and other leading academic institutions/PIs in key scientific hubs to source new projects and target ideas

  • Leverage Pfizer internal capability to establish WRD as partner-of-choice and secure partnerships (eg, through in kind contributions, equity investments, combination/leveraging Pfizer internal assets, etc.)

  • Lead early projects or partnerships sourced via ESF, ITEN, CTI.

  • Represent WRD at key events & conferences as needed in the respective region of responsibility

  • Presentation and interactions to interaction and presentation to CSOs, WRDM LT, ELT, Board + external company leadership / partnering events/scientific conferences to influence and impact investment decisions with goal of advancing Pfizer portfolio.


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Requires seasoned PhD or MD/PhD with 12+ years of industry experience in the RNA medicines related R&D sector with strong scientific track record

  • Strong EQ for internal (within ES&I, RUs/WRDM) and external networking and communication, including presentations to Pfizer leadership (ResCo, CSOs, WRD LT, BDC, ELT), potential external partners, and at scientific & partnering conferences

  • Demonstrated strong capability of leading early research partnerships


  • Experience inRNA based medicines as well as other scientific fields especially infectious diseases.

  • Experience in developing scientific and business strategies to support innovative pharmaceutical product development in pharma/biotech.

  • Experience with search and evaluation, running due diligences, governance procedures, relationship and collaboration building, alliance management.

  • Experience in pharmaceutical drug development (Idea to Candidate) process

  • Experience in managing/tracking R&D budgets

  • Experience with New Chemical Entity (NCE) and New Biologic Entity (NBE) products.

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate well across multiple business/group lines


A minimum of 25% travel required.

Other Job Details:

  • Eligible for Relocation Package

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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