Who we are:

Kymera is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the field of targeted protein degradation (TPD) to develop medicines that address critical health problems and have the potential to dramatically improve patients’ lives. Kymera is deploying TPD to address disease targets and pathways inaccessible with conventional therapeutics. Having advanced the first degrader into the clinic for immunological diseases, Kymera is focused on delivering oral small molecule degraders to provide a new generation of convenient, highly effective therapies for patients with these conditions. Kymera is also progressing degrader oncology programs that target undrugged or poorly drugged proteins to create new ways to fight cancer. Founded in 2016, Kymera has been recognized as one of Boston’s top workplaces for the past several years. For more information about our science, pipeline and people, please visit www.kymeratx.com or follow us on X (formerly Twitter) or LinkedIn.

 

How we work:

  • PIONEER: We are courageous, resilient and rigorous in our mission to improve patients’ lives through our revolutionary degrader medicines.
  • COLLABORATE: We value trust + transparency from everyone. Our goals are shared, our decisions data-driven and our camaraderie genuine.
  • BELONG: We recognize our differences, inviting curiosity and inclusivity, so that our people are valued, seen, and heard.

 

How you’ll contribute:

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, the VP, Intellectual Property Counsel will provide strategic vision addressing Kymera’s current and future intellectual property portfolio. They will work in partnership with other senior leaders to design, develop and drive implementation of intellectual property strategy aligned with Kymera's overall strategic directives. This is a senior level role with CEO visibility. The VP of IP will be able to clearly articulate Kymera’s IP strategy, responsible for the Company’s intellectual property affairs, including client counseling, litigation, licensing and other complex business transactions, patent drafting, prosecution and enforcement, publication review, due diligence, trademark matters, and opinion work. The VP of IP will be an integral working partner with the company’s research and development organizations, business development team, and legal colleagues. The VP of IP will manage relationships with outside counsel and oversee intellectual property spend. The VP of IP will supervise one intellectual property counsel and be responsible for fostering career development of the in-house team. 

  • Impact and set the stage for the future direction of the company through the use of strategy and execution and effective use of intellectual property offensively and defensively. 
  • Lead legal activities for Kymera’s platform technologies and targets across patents and trade secrets globally; establish governance and initiatives to ensure capture of innovation; create value through the development of the patent portfolio. 
  • Oversee preparation and prosecution of global portfolio; counsel internal clients with regards to patentability, freedom-to-operate and other intellectual property matters. 
  • Advise on emerging legal issues in the area of intellectual property to ensure innovative and cutting-edge approaches.  
  • Build relationships that foster a cohesive, committed team environment driving effective partnership with cross-functional teams. 
  • It is imperative that the individual have excellent interpersonal skills, be articulate, direct and forthright, and be a collaborative and decisive team member as well as a strategic thinker with a broad perspective. 
  • Negotiate IP terms of licensing and other agreements (MTAs, CTAs, SRAs).  Work closely with research and clinical development teams to evaluate and support the development of new technologies, and to provide IP training, generate new ideas and harvest new inventions.  
  • Lead preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to targeted protein degradation targets and platform innovations, consistent with Kymera’s patent strategy and patent lifecycle management best practices.   
  • Monitor competitor portfolios. 
  • Review proposed scientific disclosures and participate in disclosure review governance. 

 

What skills and experience you’ll bring:

  • JD with admission in good standing to the bar of at least one state. (MA a plus but not required).  Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  
  • 12+ years proven intellectual property experience with in-depth early training and broad senior level legal experience, including managing people/teams, managing outside counsel, high volume intellectual property workflow, and experience with small molecules.  
  • PhD in Chemistry strongly preferred.
  • The VP of IP will be an accessible and personable attorney with strong business acumen; be an active listener and encapsulate Kymera’s core values. 
  • The qualified applicant will thrive in fast-paced proactive culture; deal with complexity and ambiguity. 
  • Intense commitment to high moral standards and business ethics. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results.  
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to think strategically and systematically. Ability to manage a large and complex docket independently. 
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; ability to synthesize and present clearly complex issues to senior leaders. 
  • Experience with contested proceedings (i.e... Litigation, oppositions, IPRs) a plus.  

 

Skills and experience not an exact match?:

Go ahead and submit your resume (and a cover letter, if you’d like!).  If this role isn't right for you, we can keep you in mind for future opportunities.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Kymera Therapeutics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sex, marital status, gender expression or identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

 

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