About Senda Biosciences

Senda Biosciences, Inc. is committed to bringing life-changing treatments to patients by harnessing millennia of evolution to program human cells both within and to the cell. Senda’s proprietary platform is the first to leverage a universal chemical addressing code of natural nanoparticles that enable cross-kingdom intercellular communication. This platform unlocks comprehensive programming of medicines for the first time, allowing Senda to develop a new class of SendRNA™ medicines focused initially on powering new frontiers in immunology mRNA-based therapies, with future applications employing other information molecules, including siRNA, gene editors, proteins, and peptides. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Senda was founded by Flagship Pioneering.

Role

The Vice President of Intellectual Property will provide a full range of IP support to advance the company’s business objectives and will support Senda’s science platforms and pipeline of preclinical and clinical therapeutics. This role will be responsible for managing a broad range of activities, including developing IP strategy (to include through frequent interactions with internal R&D project teams and collaborators), drafting and prosecuting patent applications globally, conducting due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses, rendering opinions, managing outside counsel, collaborating with the executive team regarding overall company strategy, and drafting IP-related agreements. He/She will also participate in the creation and implementation of IP policies. He/She will report to the General Counsel and will serve as a member of the Senda Executive Leadership Team.

Responsibilities

  • Continue to build, execute, and manage an IP strategy and portfolio for Senda, including developing and growing a patent portfolio, identifying, and mitigating third-party IP issues, while managing outside counsel and collaborators, and providing counsel to executive team on IP issues and strategy.
  • Identify patentable inventions through frequent interactions with internal R&D project teams and collaborators, including evaluating inventions, conducting prior art searches, drafting, and reviewing patent applications, and executing on corresponding appropriate patent protection strategies. Work with internal stakeholders, to include a Technology Specialist who will report to them, and outside IP counsel where appropriate.
  • Collaborate with outside counsel to prepare and prosecute patent applications globally.
  • Carry out the above preparation and prosecution activities in conjunction with external business partners and their legal teams.
  • Review proposed publications and presentations for potential impact on the patent portfolio.
  • Support the provision of IP landscapes, patentability, FTO opinions, and due diligence assessments for R&D pipeline programs and business development opportunities.
  • Collaborate with corporate attorneys to provide intellectual property support for agreements (including material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, research collaborations, and licensing agreements).
  • Assist in IP contentious matters in US and foreign patent offices and courts as needed.
  • Educate and advise colleagues, including the executive team, on IP issues and good practices.
  • Management of the trademark portfolio.
  • Responsible for building systems and policies regarding company IP.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA accredited law school and admission to at least one state bar in the United States; registration to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • PhD in Chemistry or related scientific discipline with significant experience in the drafting and prosecution of chemistry based patents.
  • 8+ years of demonstrated experience prosecuting and preparing technically relevant patent applications at a law firm and/or corporate legal department; ideal candidates will have practiced patent law both at a law firm and in a corporate legal department.
  • Meaningful preparation and prosecution experience with biotechnology or biopharmaceutical subject matter.
  • Experience with U.S. post-grant patent office proceedings is a plus.
  • Experience with regulatory exclusivity candidates filed under BLA and NDA.
  • Experience with clearance, identification, and mitigation of third-party IP challenges, and preferably litigation experience.
  • Experience with business development agreements with IP implications.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Capable of communicating complicated intellectual property issues to scientists, management, and business leaders within the company, with strong abilities to work in teams.
  • Strong analytical thinking and attention to detail, with ability recognize, assess, and respond to urgent matters with timely, practical, and clear solutions.
  • Adept organizational skills with the ability to manage and drive projects cross-functionally across departments, to include an IP team with a Technology Specialist.
  • Must possess a high energy level, with drive and commitment to client service and the ability to quickly gain trust and credibility from Legal team members, scientists, management, and business leaders within the company.

 

Senda Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Senda does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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