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Sunovion Associate Director Business Development - Frontier Business Office in Marlborough, Massachusetts

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma America Inc. is looking for an Associate to join our Frontier Business Development. This role is is a remote based role - but frequent meetings will be required in and around Boston and Metro West so preference will be given to candidates who can easily commute to these meetings.

Frontier Business team is a healthcare technology unit at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma that is dedicated to creating pioneering solutions that go beyond medication, providing more holistic support with a primary focus on active aging and mental resilience. Our goal is to offer new value via contributions to the wide-ranging well-being of people in areas beyond the treatment of disease through the application of non-pharmaceutical approach based on the wealth of knowledge we have built up over many years in the pharmaceutical business. To meet the future healthcare needs of society, where people will seek a diverse range of well-being, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma (based out of Japan) and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma America (in US) are striving to offer innovative solutions by pioneering ideas and technologies in the healthcare sector. (

We are seeking an Associate of Frontier Business Development to further drive ongoing and future programs and projects. This role will be constantly supporting multiple projects in parallel for identifying, designing, and executing opportunities.

Essential Functions:

  • Supporting on-going inhouse projects including product development, , regulatory and commercialization.

  • Supporting in identifying and evaluating external assets for in-licensing, or other collaborations, in support of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma's and its subsidiaries' overall business development strategy. (

  • Supporting cross functional planning and execution for newly identified opportunities.

  • Identify the appropriate internal stakeholders from all the departments across the organization (New Product Planning, Medical Affairs, Health Outcomes Research, Clinical Research, Commercial Strategy, Market Access, Regulatory, Finance, Accounting, Legal, IP, Data Privacy, QMS, etc.) to form the appropriate cross functional evaluation team to rapidly progress digital technology opportunities.

  • Actively collaborating and communicating with colleagues in Japanese parent company.

  • Build collaborative relationships with industry stakeholders, including government and healthcare institutions.

  • Participating in developing and executing sustainable business strategies and plans that are aligned with the company's short-term and long-term objectives.

Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of digital technology and its application to the healthcare sector.

  • Qualified candidates will have a PhD (in a related scientific discipline) or MS degree.

  • 3+ years of combined commercial and/or R&D experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, or technology industry.

  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to listen to and comprehend various stakeholders' positions, within organization (Japanese parent company and US sister companies) and externally.

  • Ability to adapt in an ever-changing environment with multiple governance processes.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.

  • Always think out-of-the-box, with empathy to patients and caregivers.

Desired Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • MBA desirable.

  • 3+ years of very recent experience of digital technology and its application to the healthcare sector.

  • Experience in publication research, as it relates to potential business collaborations.

  • Ability to lead business analytics research projects.


Confidential Data: All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters is considered confidential.

Compliance :Achieve and maintain Compliance with all applicable regulatory, legal and operational rules and procedures, by ensuring that all plans and activities for and on behalf of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma America and affiliates are carried out with the "best" industry practices and the highest ethical standards.

Mental/Physical Requirements: Fast paced environment handling multiple demands. Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment as necessary. Requires a high level of initiative and independence. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Requires ability to use a personal computer for extended periods of time.

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action employer. Sunovion is committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.