Inari is the SEEDesign™ company. We embrace the diversity and complexity of nature in every aspect of our business to drive innovation – to push the boundaries of what is possible. Through our unrivaled technology platform, Inari uses predictive design and advanced multiplex gene editing to develop step-change products. We are taking a nature positive approach to unlock the full potential of seed that will transform the food system. The results will lead to more productive acres delivering value creation for farmers and a more sustainable future for our planet.
Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.
We have over 230 employees, with research sites in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Ghent (Belgium), as well as a product development site in West Lafayette, IN (USA). We’ve deliberately built a team that brings diversity of thought to all aspects of our business, to generate new ideas, approaches, and ways of operating. And we've intentionally combined experience with potential, bringing agriculture industry experts with the desire to innovate together with bright minds from academia, human therapeutics, software, and consulting. If you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions to feed the world while protecting our planet’s natural resources, we’d love to hear from you!
Regulatory Affairs Lead
About the role....
As the Regulatory Affairs Lead, you will be responsible for the creation, tracking and execution of the overall regulatory plan to obtain needed authorizations for commercialization. This role manages submissions, consultations and ensures data available is timely and according to the quality requirements including Genetically Modified Organisms (GM post patent and Gene-edited GM), Gene-edited and Crop Protection products. This role is based in Cambridge, MA or West Lafayette, IN and reports to the Director of Regulatory.
As the Regulatory Affairs Lead, you will…
- Closely collaborate cross functionally, to ensure Regulatory Plans are in place to support Inari technologies
- Create Regulatory Project Plans with timelines including launch considerations for cultivation and import of Inari Technologies including Gene-edited, Genetically Modified and Crop Protection products (Gene-edited, GM and CP)
- Align and collaborate with Regulatory Science to ensure data is generated and available for submissions and consultations according to plans
- Execute the Regulatory Project Plans including agency consultation, managing agency submissions and obtaining authorization according to plan for Gene-edited, GM and CP
- Manage submission and/or consultations with regulatory authorities both local and global; represents Inari in interactions with regulatory agencies
- Ensure variety registration when applicable and verify data needs and generation. Manage filing as needed in collaboration with legal
- Plan and execute state registrations and submissions
- Obtain Field and Counter Season permits as appropriate to enable testing and seed increases
- Execute Regulatory Intelligence activities while overseeing evolution of data requirements and regulations framework at a global level
- Monitor Regulatory competitor activities and access to information where available. Manage the internal access to such information
- Acquire and collaborate to develop a comprehensive view of commodity flow to inform development strategies for import markets including edits, GM and MRL (minimum residue limits)
- Represent Inari in advocacy activities and share Inari position and knowledge to represent the technology including Regulatory and Stewardship frameworks along with public policy
- Monitor emerging issues and execute issue management at Inari. Manage reporting obligations with Agencies.
- Work closely with other Regulatory functions (such as Regulatory Science and Regulatory compliance) and engage proactively in business-partnering with the Science, Product and Commercial organizations.
- Solid experience in biological sciences, preferably agricultural sciences, or related disciplines; Minimum BS degree, preferably MS or PhD degree
- 5-7 years of work experience in agricultural or microbial biotechnology
- At least 5 years work experience supporting laboratory, greenhouse, and field operations Experience interacting with Regulatory agencies, including but not limited to USDA, EPA, and US state agencies; experience with International agencies preferred
- Strong business acumen, ability to understand strategies and business plan and co-develop integrated Regulatory plans in service of delivering the business objectives timely
- Self-starter, pro-active communicator and highly organized working style
- Ability to work quickly to meet tight deadlines and assure Inari’s freedom to operate
- A strong sense of purpose and drive to develop unique, high impact solutions
- Adaptability and enthusiasm for new challenges, innate curiosity, and a passion for learning
- Creative and strategic thinking, willingness to be bold and take risks, and the ability to recognize and learn from failure
- A collaborative mindset that is open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
- Ability to work independently while embracing the company values and culture, and to deliver on responsibilities within a highly collaborative environment
- Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse range of individuals and audiences