The Company:

FL85 is a Flagship-backed, privately held biotechnology company on a mission to transform the current approach to information molecule therapeutics to unlock their full therapeutic potential. In recent years, we have begun to experience the power of information molecules in treating historically undruggable diseases and in designing therapies with unprecedented turnaround times. FL85’s platform integrates nanoparticle development with world-class informatics technologies and a novel pipeline of experimentation and discovery to drive a new generation of highly effective, therapeutically relevant information molecule therapies. We are seeking collaborative, relentless problem solvers that share our passion for impact to join us!

"Flagship Pioneering has conceived of and created companies such as Moderna Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MRNA), Editas Medicine (NASDAQ: EDIT), Omega Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OMGA), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), and Indigo Agriculture. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has applied its unique hypothesis-driven innovation process to originate and foster more than 100 scientific ventures. In 2021, Flagship Pioneering was ranked 12th globally on Fortune’s “Change the World” list, an annual ranking of companies that have made a positive social and environmental impact through activities that are part of their core business strategies."

The Role:

  • FL85 is seeking a highly creative SVP, Head of BD Strategy and Operations to join our team. You will partner with scientific and business leaders across the company to drive corporate strategy, business model innovation, pipeline strategy and strategic partnerships. The successful candidate will be deeply collaborative, an outstanding communicator, and will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


  • Collaborate to drive and continuously evolve a cohesive and comprehensive strategy across partnerships, platform, and development for maximizing the value creation.
  • Work in collaboration with technical and Flagship teams to drive evaluation of strategic partnerships and opportunities to leverage our platform. 
  • Collaborate with leadership to evaluate and implement business model innovations across value pool and target opportunities, ultimately uncovering paths for maximum value creation.
  • Contribute to the development of the company's overall alliance strategy, working closely with the leadership team to identify and prioritize partnership opportunities.
  • Work with legal and business development teams to negotiate and finalize complex alliance agreements, ensuring alignment with company objectives and compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Navigate the complex landscape of financing; establish and maintain relationships with banks, specialty lenders, government agencies, and other funding partners to ensure a steady flow of funding opportunities.
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive PR strategy to increase company visibility and enhance its corporate image.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, such as the marketing and communications teams, to ensure alignment and consistency in messaging and branding.
  • Stay informed about industry trends, competitive landscape, and emerging technologies, providing strategic insights.

Pivotal Experience & Expertise:

  • Ability to parallel process multiple projects and work streams.
  • Entrepreneurial, thrives in fast-paced environments.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Unmatched sense of urgency.
  • Optimistic and innovative; solution-oriented; shows no signs of cynicism.
  • Values, communicates, and interacts with others with high levels of transparency and respect.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15+ years industry experience with at least 10+ years in Business Development or Finance. 
  • Advanced degree in a quantitative/scientific field (MBA, Masters, or PhD) preferred.
  • B.A. or B.S. degree (or equivalent) in life science or other relevant field.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams and strategic corporate initiatives.
  • Ability to meld science, market insights, and competitive intelligence into compelling, value-creating strategies.
  • Strong project management skills, ability to ensure effective/efficient decision-making and issue resolution competencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to multitask and perform under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Ability to synthesize and present to senior executives, including Board, a complex set of facts (i.e. scientific, clinical, financial, and market information) to facilitate the decision-making process.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.

Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

At Flagship, we recognize there is no perfect candidate. If you have some of the experience listed above but not all, please apply anyway. Experience comes in many forms, skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. We are dedicated to building diverse and inclusive teams and look forward to learning more about your unique background.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

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