atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. We are developing psychedelic and non-psychedelic compounds and cutting-edge digital therapeutic tools, and are excited about anything that might mean a true leap forward for patients. We have offices in Berlin, London, New York, Boston and San Diego (and our office culture is important to us). Check out our website here. 

As a Director, Business Development at atai Life Sciences, you will:   

  • Drive business development activities including identifying potential opportunities, prioritizing actionable leads, and conducting early-stage outreach 
  • Manage and develop our global partnership network and drive targeted initiatives to deepen key industry relationships (enhance existing platform) 
  • Manage the pipeline of new strategic partnership opportunities (expand existing platform) 
  • Drive structured in-and-out-licensing activities and thus extend and leverage the impact of our programs 
  • Prepare initial assessment reports of BD opportunities to facilitate review by investment team and other key stakeholders
  • Collaborate closely with the Investment team to effectively manage deal flowDrive the development of our data-driven market intelligence
  • Create a strong network of key industry-leading companies and individuals, in big pharma and beyond Compile detailed industry and company analyses as needed
  • Represent atai during external calls or conferences and expand our network with industry players 

We believe you'll be successful in this role if you are this type of person:  

  • Highly entrepreneurial – you act on your convictions and drive processes from start to finish 
  • Comfortable with an unstructured environment – you are self-motivated and autonomous with strong communication skills  
  • Excited about the opportunity set – you have a genuine interest in the future of and players in biotech, pharma, mental/neuro health industries 
  • Contributor to an environment of collaborative innovation – you are a team player willing to give and receive feedback on an ongoing basis in order to advance collective goals 
  • Committed to conscious care – you help foster a culture that supports the needs of everyone involved, including yourself.

Those who succeed at atai will be strongly aligned with our values: 

  • Conscious Care: We take every action in service of our ultimate goal: to heal mental health disorders for all while caring for ourselves and our team.  
  • Bold Entrepreneurship: We are “loosely coupled but tightly aligned” as we strive for excellence over perfection, fast and focused to accelerate innovation for patients.  
  • Innovative Collaboration: individuals and teams work together with good humor and no drama, valuing different perspectives and diversity of thought, background, nationality, and style.   
  • Radical Responsibility: We take full responsibility for our circumstances. We grow and learn from failures 

To succeed in this specific role, the following will also be important:    

  • Degree in Natural/Life Sciences required (e.g., Biopharma, Chemistry, Neuroscience), strong scientific background (PhD in relevant field) 
  • 6-8 years in the Life Science Branch (bio/pharma/medtech, business development, alliance and/or partnership management, finance/M&A, VC/PE, investment banking, consulting, TTO or similar) 
  • Extensive network within the CNS innovation space (biotech, big pharma, digital therapeutics) 
  • 5+ years’ people management experience
  • Good knowledge of current affairs, business, and markets 

The opportunity at atai will allow you to... 

  • Work in a fast-paced, matrix organizational environment where you’ll work on a wide range of topics and cross-collaborate across teams 
  • Be a major contributor to the success of a rapidly growing innovative biotech start-up  
  • Become part of a radically new and impactful paradigm shift in how mental health disorders are being treated around the world 
  • Participate in company retreats in Europe and USA with a global team and supportive culture 
  • Join an open, meritocratic, data- and results-driven culture  
  • Acquire extensive professional growth opportunities at a company where hard work is recognized 
  • Enjoy competitive stock option plan, employee benefits and health/wellness programs 

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