About the Company

Our purpose at Talis Biomedical is to advance health equity and outcomes by delivering accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care.

While timely diagnosis of infectious diseases is critically important to enable effective treatment, testing is primarily performed in centralized laboratories, which require samples to be shipped for processing, delaying the return of results by days. Point-of-care testing solves this problem by delivering the timely information necessary for clinical care.

To deliver our purpose we focus on three things:

  • Putting customers and patients first
  • Making Talis a great place to work
  • Living our values to Dream Big, Share Our Screens, Serve Others, Bring Our “A” Game, and Build Trust

Position Summary:

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated, and driven Senior Director, Assay Development to oversee the development and launch of rapid molecular diagnostic tests within the point-of-care space. This is a high visibility leadership position, reporting directly into our President and CSO.  

You will be a hands-on strategic driver to lead Talis Biomedical’s Assay Development team members and Product Core Teams representing the Assay Development function. You will lead all aspects of Assay Development and verification/validation activities. You will apply your prior experience with Design Controls to develop robust and reliable 510(k) products and play a critical role in demonstrating the validity of new assays. You will oversee the creation of assay development plans, protocols and reports and work collaboratively with other departments including but not limited to Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, Quality, and Project Management.  

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead Assay Development teams in assay development, optimization, verification and validation.
  • Design and oversee execution of guard-banding studies to ensure robustness on the assays.
  • Direct the writing of protocols and reports.
  • Work with the Bioinformatics Team to finalize assay-specific calling algorithms.
  • Represent Assay Development on the Product Core Team; collaborate with Program management to build bottoms-up timelines, identify and communicate risks.
  • Collaborate with the Reagent/QC development team to establish manufacturing work instructions and quality control specifications.
  • Troubleshoot problems and identify solutions to technical challenges.
  • Present data at All-Hands meetings, Development Sub team meetings, Core Team meetings and external meetings.
  • Hire, develop, and manage Assay Development team, including Directors, Scientists, Lab Ops, and Research Associates.

Required Education & Experience

  • D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or a related field with 15+ years of experience in Biotechnology or molecular IVD industries.
  • 5+ years’ experience in infectious disease IVD product development, from bench to commercialization.
  • 5+ years’ management experience, and strong leadership skills.
  • Extensive expertise in nucleic acid purification and amplification (qPCR, isothermal amplification) technology from assay design to optimization and troubleshooting is required.
  • Excellence in troubleshooting and optimization.
  • Ability to multitask multiple projects and priorities with tight timelines simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with current 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulation, specifically 820.30, Design Controls.

Additional Desired Experience

  • Prior experience with Product Development Core Teams, and/or leading cross-functional assay development sub teams.
  • Experience integrating assays onto consumables.
  • LAMP experience highly preferred.

Target compensation for a California based candidate is $230k to $275k, dependent on overall experience. Meeting requirements does not guarantee the highest end of the range. 

Talis Biomedical offers a comprehensive health and well-being benefits programs, long-term equity incentives, time-off policies, a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an immediate Company match, Education Assistance Program, a rotating suite of snacks, Happy Hours, office perks, and other fun company events! Best of all, join us by working at a growing company like Talis with dedicated and collaborative employees committed to making a difference in Health Care.

Talis Biomedical is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All aspects of employment decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of any status protected under federal, state, or local law. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our colleagues. Talis Biomedical is an E-Verify Participation company.

More About Talis Biomedical:

Built on a foundation of world-class science and engineering, we are developing the Talis One platform, a sample-to-answer, cloud-enabled molecular diagnostic platform that could be rapidly deployed to distributed diagnostic settings in the United States and around the world to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care. The Talis One platform comprises a compact instrument, single-use test cartridge, and innovative software including a central cloud database. This system is designed to provide central laboratory levels of accuracy and be operated by an untrained user.

Talis has raised more than $500 million to date and went public in February 2021. 

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