Head of Research & Development

Contera Pharma A/S

Manage and develop project portfolio

Vital role in growing a strong pipeline
As Head of Research & Development your overall responsibility will be to manage and develop Contera Pharma’s research programme and ensure an extension of the pipeline. In addition, you will be responsible for the establishment of a local research laboratory and manage the new research team. You will also take on a vital role, together with your research team, in supporting the in-licensing efforts by evaluating external development projects.

Leadership team – drug development – laboratory establishment
Reporting directly to the CEO, you will be part of the leadership team to set the future direction of Contera Pharma. You will work in close collaboration with Business Development and clinical operations in Denmark and Korea as well as interact with CROs, business partners and universities. In addition, you will support the clinical study programme headed by clinical and regulatory professionals.

Your specific work tasks will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Drive research programme and lead drug discovery and development projects to ensure a favourable extension of the current CNS pipeline
  • Establish a state-of-the-art research laboratory
  • Lead and/or support extension of pipeline by e.g. projects already in clinical studies and discovery projects with promising potential
  • Support pre-clinical and clinical development strategy, the design and objective setting of clinical studies
  • Ensure timely and efficient conduct of projects in accordance with plans and timelines
  • Support the in-licensing efforts headed by Business Development

Experienced Scientist with people skills and an open mindset
You have a PhD within a relevant scientific field and have been working with drug discovery and development for some years. You have experience in setting up a research laboratory or leading a team of laboratory research scientists and thrive in an innovative, scientific environment. Preferably, you have experience leading clinical programmes, CROs as well as setting the regulatory path. Finally, you must have strong people skills, an open mindset and have worked in a cross-cultural setting. You must speak English fluently, and have the flexibility to travel.

Contact and application
The recruitment process is carried out in collaboration with the consulting company Compass Human Resources Group. If you want to learn more about this position before submitting your application, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Life Sciences & Healthcare Tom Zehngraff, on tel.: +45 70 20 12 75. Please submit your application and CV as soon as possible, if you are interested. Applications will be processed on an ongoing basis. Please note that all enquiries will be handled with confidentiality and that we will reply to the email address from which you send your CV.

About Contera Pharma A/S
Contera Pharma A/S is a Danish biotech company headquartered in Copenhagen focusing on the development of CNS drugs. In 2014, the company was acquired by Bukwang Pharmacueticals Co., Ltd. and is now aiming for an IPO at the Korea Stock Exchange in about two years. Currently, Contera Pharma is being supported by Bukwang with key professionals to secure the pipeline, the commercial momentum towards the IPO. Contera has recently established an office in Seoul, Korea and will expand its organization in both Denmark and Korea. Contera Pharma offers a dynamic place for employees to grow and develop their skills, while influencing the direction of this high potential CNS company.

Deadline for application: As soon as possible
Workplace: Copenhagen
Reference: 2001.176
Company: Contera Pharma A/S