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VP, Product Development

Adaptive Biotechnologies
Job Location
Seattle or South San Francisco
1551 Eastlake Ave E, Ste 200
Seattle, WA 98102
United States
Job Description

Position Overview:

The Vice President (VP) of Product Development will be responsible for Adaptive’s state-of-the art cellular immunology laboratory process and product development requirements. This key role will lead the transition of Adaptive’s T-cell receptor (TCR) discovery workflows from research and proof-of-concept to the next product development stage. The VP of Product Development is accountable for implementing end-to-end TCR screening and characterization workflows, assay validations and standardization. S/he will implement GLP-compliant processes, production-level controls, drive assay / method validations, maintain all necessary documentation, and evaluate workflow changes that could affect the production and control of a TCR product. The VP of Development will put in place strategies to scale Adaptive’s cellular immunology laboratory and support the development of IND-ready products.  This key leadership role will support Adaptive’s corporate-level Drug Discovery goals.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate current cellular immunology and TruTCRTM workflows, assays (e.g., TCR binding, cell killing and safety) and processes. 
  • Transition research-based TruTCR workflows into product and process development under GLP conditions. 
  • Lead product development strategy and establish TCR product validation and development plans, including product characterization and safety evaluation. 
  • Maintain relevant requisite TCR screening and product controls plus validation data. 
  • Develop and maintain detailed reports containing TCR screening and characterization development methods. 
  • Lead efforts to inform the development of real-time, patient-specific TCR screening process for a future fully personalized TCR-based cellular therapy. 
  • Coordinate cross-functionally with R&D, Operations and leadership to provide timely product development needs that inform infrastructure or resource requirements.
  • Advanced degree in Life Sciences: PhD, MD, or MD / PhD. 
  • Strong background and experience in biologics process validation and product development. 
  • Experience in cellular immunology / biology is preferred. 
  • >7 years of experience leading product development. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of assay and product development requirements. 
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment and leverage cross-functional resources. 
  • Ability to function autonomously and drive strategic decisions. 
  • Team leader with the ability to work and manage others. 
  • Ability to work effectively with senior-level stakeholders, internally and externally. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and good judgment. 
  • Independent strategic thinker with strong ability to solve complex problems. 
  • Excited about an early stage company environment and driven to make a difference.
About Our Organization

Every immune system has a story to tell— the key is knowing how to listen. Our goal is to meaningfully improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. It’s a bold objective that we’re uniquely built to achieve.

At Adaptive, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you'll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count. 

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled