Head, Intellectual Property

POSTED ON 6/25/2020 AVAILABLE BEFORE 12/24/2020
Vedanta Biosciences Hired Organization Address Cambridge, MA Full Time

Job Posting for Head, Intellectual Property at Vedanta Biosciences

Title:                     Head, Intellectual Property

Location:             Cambridge, MA

Reports to:          Chief Executive Officer


The Role:

The individual in this role will be responsible for managing all of the Company’s intellectual property matters. The role includes counseling senior Company business leaders, managing IP disputes, patent portfolio strategy and management, competitive IP intelligence, coordination with outside counsel, and due diligence in support of business transactions. The successful candidate will have significant depth of experience in diverse aspects of patent law practice, high technical competency in the life sciences, and will be adept at serving as a trusted business advisor.  The role will directly report to the CEO


Here’s What You’ll Do:


  • Act as an advisor on a variety of IP related issues including publication reviews, IP agreement negotiation and support, and other IP issues that arise in usual course of business
  • Together with outside counsel prepare and prosecute patent applications worldwide, conduct patentability and freedom to operate assessments, and manage IP disputes.
  • Develop and implement strategies to protect the Company’s intellectual property assets (including research findings, development candidates and other related subject matter)
  • Conduct IP due diligence and IP agreement review/negotiation for M&A and partnering activities
  • Directly and/or indirectly manage legal resources, including outside counsel, to complete projects in a timely and high-quality manner
  • Develop and continually expand a thorough understanding of the Company’s current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations
  • Work with scientific teams to identify patentable subject matter and implement strategies to protect such subject matter
  • Conduct prior art searches and analyze third-party patent positions;
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to cross-functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP related matters


  • 5 or more years of patent law experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology field, or an equivalent combination of patent and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the biological and/or chemical sciences. An advanced science degree is preferred
  • A J.D. degree or equivalent and admission to at least one state bar
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Strong organizational skills, including careful attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple assignments and maintain strict deadlines through effective time management
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highest integrity, excellent judgment and the ability to proactively recognize and effectively communicate legal issues to patent, legal and general management

Why join Vedanta Biosciences

Vedanta is pioneering the development of a new class of therapies based on defined bacterial consortia that act by modulating the human microbiome. Modulation of the human microbiota holds enormous promise to treat a broad range of immune and infectious diseases in ways that are completely different to existing drug classes. Breakthrough discoveries of our scientific team in the field of mucosal immunology have led to the first rationally designed drug candidates in the microbiome field.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our company and how our discovery platform enables identification of bacterial consortia with drug-like properties and their manufacture to GMP standards.

Our Vision:
We are harnessing the human microbiome to enable a new drug modality based on rationally defined bacterial consortia

Vedanta is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vedanta will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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