Diagnostic Innovation Lead EMEA

Johnson & Johnson - J&J Innovation Centre
Job Location
1 Chapel Place
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Attractive salary and comprehensive benefits package

A wide range of benefits including car allowance, short term and long term incentives, pension scheme, private health care etc.

Job Description

This exciting role is focused on the development and implementation of EMEA external innovation strategies, identifying and evaluating emerging, enabling and transformational diagnostic platform technologies and facilitate its accelerated development and implementation to help drive precision medicine and position J&J’s as the world leader in the healthcare industry.

You will apply the highest scientific and diagnostic technical expertise as well as leadership skills, working closely with Innovation Center colleagues and across all Therapeutic Areas and all sectors to identify the best opportunities for value-generating collaborations and for diagnostic technology investment.

You will cultivate a strong scientific reputation and a network of experts in the global innovation community and solidify Johnson & Johnson as the partner of choice in a highly competitive landscape of external collaborations and partnerships. You will establish effective and collaborative network across all areas of Johnson & Johnson R&D and build credibility and leadership position for Diagnostic Excellence innovation.


Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Assume EMEA Diagnostic Excellence Innovation leadership role in scouting, identifying and evaluating emerging, enabling, transformational diagnostic technologies and/or biomarkers that have strategic fits with Johnson & Johnson’s focused areas across all Therapeutic Areas and Centres of Excellence and business sectors.
  • Assume a leadership role in proposing opportunities for collaborations and/or investment, and in technical due diligence and/or landscape analysis in support of the proposed opportunities.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to engage with the European innovation ecosystem of research institutions and investors. Provide scientific and technical inputs and/or mentorship as needed to researchers and start-ups to help advance Janssen’s strategy of fostering diagnostics innovation
  • Serve as the Janssen Diagnostics Ambassador, present in major European conferences to help promote Janssen Diagnostic’s vision and leadership presence and foster Diagnostic Excellence innovation

You will have a demonstrated track record of success leading diagnostics research and development, and ideally have direct experience in the entire life cycle of In Vitro Diagnostics product development from research, feasibility to successful regulatory filings and commercialization. 

The ability for outside of box thinking and risk-taking with a clear vision of Diagnosic Excellence innovation, coupled with the ability to develop and implement effective tools for risk management to mitigate potential regulatory and commercialization challenges are essential.

Ability to develop deep insights into the emerging trends and unmet needs, and translate the insights into viable opportunities and/or solutions are essential.

You need to have a working knowledge of biomarkers, T/B cell immune repertoires, companion diagnostics, complementary diagnostics, and pharmaceutical drug development. Extensive technical expertise in NGS and other molecular Diagnostics technologies as well as protein-based Diagnostics technologies are essential. In-depth technical expertise in (remote) sensing technologies, label-free Diagnostics technologies, imaging technologies, and digital technologies are highly desirable. Direct experiences in working across different disease areas (oncology, CVM, neuroscience, ID and Immunology) and/or sectors (e.g., medical device, consumer and digital health, etc.) on enabling Dx solutions and/or Dx platform technologies are highly desirable.  Scientific knowledge and working experience in microbiome field is a plus.

Prior experience in leading technical assessment and due diligence and facilitating collaborations with external partners and navigating large, matrixed environments is a must. Real-life experience in networking with the research institutes and investor community in the biotech world, especially for Dx areas, is highly desirable.

Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, ability to articulate, influence, and negotiate are essential.

Excellent   analytical   and   organizational   skills   to   effectively prioritize and manage   multiple   projects   and relationships at all stages of development are essential.

Effective leadership with demonstrated track record of collaborating and influencing across all levels and all sectors in the J&J organization is critical.

Demonstrate and inspire the behaviors that are consistent with J&J’s Credo, including 

  • Creating/fostering a trusting, collaborative, and ethical work environment.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality, compliance and accountability.


What type of mark will you make?  Your unique talents and perspective can make a vital contribution to innovative products that improve the lives of people everywhere. Career opportunities within Johnson & Johnson companies may provide you with an ideal setting to build your leadership experience; express your passion and touch the world.


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How to Apply

Please apply via www.careers.jnj.com and search for requisition number 1700152458W, or click on this link: https://goo.gl/B0AsuO 

About Our Organization

Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI) has opened Innovation Centers (ICs) in California (Menlo Park), Cambridge/Boston, London, and Shanghai (www.jnjinnovation.com).  The ICs constitute a platform from which Johnson & Johnson (J&J) identifies, catalyzes, contributes to, and accesses the most promising medical innovations at the leading life sciences companies and universities across the globe.  J&J’s goal is to build a pipeline of innovative products that will benefit patients and will augment long-term corporate growth.  Operating within major hubs of innovation allows J&J the opportunity to access technologies earlier and to help translate them into products for patients by contributing financial, intellectual, and human capital.  The leading diversified healthcare company in the world, J&J seeks external innovation across a broad range of sectors, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, consumer healthcare, and digital health