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WHO WE ARE

Patients are at the center of Vanqua’s mission. By combining the power of our exemplary science, talented employees, and strategic collaborations, we are strongly positioned to develop new medicines that will transform the lives of patients with PD, GD, and other neurological diseases.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Are you eager to be part of a team working tirelessly to discover and develop drugs for patients to live longer, better lives?

We are looking for dedicated and talented professionals who exemplify our values of Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, and Collaboration.

Open Positions

If you are interested in an open position, please select the position below and upload your resume.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About the Position

We are seeking a highly motivated neuroscientist with a passion for the discovery of novel therapeutics to join the Vanqua team. This individual should have demonstrated expertise in lysosomal biology and its role in neurodegeneration and will be responsible for leading early drug discovery efforts to validate novel drug targets in this area. This individual should enjoy working with novel technologies and thrive in a small team environment. Beyond the requirements listed below, the ideal candidate will possess the entrepreneurial attitude key to succeeding in a dynamic early-stage biotech.

Responsibilities:

  • Independently initiate, design, and execute experiments in vitro and in vivo to evaluate the effects of modulating lysosomal function on cell health with the goal of improving our mechanistic understanding of the role of lysosomes in clearance of misfolded proteins
  • Perform exploratory experiments to identify new markers of lysosomal health and dysfunction that can be translated into human studies.
  • Develop new methods, in vitro assays, technologies, and standard operating procedures to influence the direction, progression, and rapid advancement of the project
  • Generate complete data sets to support key Go/No Go decisions on novel drug targets
  • Critically analyze, organize, and communicate results at internal and external meetings
  • Work effectively with internal and external collaborators to advance ongoing projects.
  • Stay up to date on relevant scientific literature
  • Contribute to building the external scientific reputation of the company through publications, posters, patents and/or attendance at external scientific meetings

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in cell/molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, or related field with a demonstrated emphasis and expertise in lysosomal biology.
  • 6+ years of industry experience, successfully taking small molecules from discovery through Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease.
  • Experience with advanced cell culture techniques including culture and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells to neurons, microglia, or astrocytes to evaluate mechanisms of lysosomal dysfunction in neurodegeneration
  • Experience with the development of cell-based assays for evaluation of novel small molecules using a wide range of detection methodologies (absorbance, TR-FRET/BRET, Alpha, luminescence)
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and master new experimental techniques
  • Strong organizational skills that enable multitasking and working within aggressive timelines
  • Strong scientific writing and verbal communication skills
  • Deep understanding of scientific literature in the field of neurodegeneration
  • Strong team player with the ability to build relationships across and outside the organization.
  • Candidates will be required to work on-site in Chicago, IL.

Job title and level will be commensurate with candidates’ education and experience.

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume through LinkedIn to Nina Pinelli at pinellin@vanquabio.com. For security, resumes will not be accepted directly through email.

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About the Position

We are seeking a Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Project Management responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for all drug development programs. This position is responsible for developing and executing regulatory filing plans that enable the execution of successful INDs from proof-of-concept data to commercialization.

Essential Job Function:

  • Developing successful global and country-specific regulatory strategy and implementation plans from IND through clinical POC and commercialization.
  • Develops a clear global and country-specific regulatory strategy and implementation plan that can navigate through unexpected challenges to ensure approval and timely- entry into the market.
  • Demonstrates the ability to rapidly understand, analyze, and solve complex problems and situations. Acts with agility and can operate effectively in ambiguous situations.
  • Effectively interprets regulations. Knows competitive intelligence, anticipates changing regulations, stays current on industry influences and shapes the regulatory environment.
  • Coordinates all regulatory agency submissions and communications strategy in support of all development programs.
  • Preparation of complex regulatory documents including Pre-IND and INDs and corresponding submissions for key area and country regulatory governing bodies (i.e the EU and Australia).
  • Provide regulatory guidance to Leadership Team and to all development project teams through sharing of knowledge, expertise, and relevant agency trends, regulations, and guidance.
  • Establish partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders in other functional areas to ensure business objectives are met.
  • Develops and maintains relationships despite competing interests and has strong consultative skills. Skilled in: difficult conversations, obtaining results through negotiating with various stakeholders and thoughtfully managing conflict.
  • Has strong business acumen. Understands how products fit into the company’s larger mission and strategy, how their actions/decisions impact other functions/processes, and takes accountability for enterprise outcomes beyond RA and R&D.
  • Responds to regulatory agencies with intelligence and diplomacy. Proven success in developing and maintaining constructive work relationships with government regulatory agencies, clinical and commercial teams.
  • Present a positive “hands on” attitude, a sense of urgency to get things done and demonstrates grace under pressure.
  • Communicates key messages effectively and simply to all audiences. Can simplify complex challenges and cross functional process. Finds efficiency while maintaining effectiveness.
  • Incorporates data from internal and external partners for regulatory document preparation. Seeks data: to make good decisions, drive innovation, and influence internally and externally to obtain business results. Knows the various groups and resources that can provide data and leverages partnerships with them to gain approval.
  • Effective project management of external partners that enable regulatory submissions and clinical studies.
  • Creative perspective. Works within the policies, procedures to create/find a path forward, in seemingly impossible situations, that is best for the company and our patients. Initiates and facilitates discussion around various alternatives and drives decisions that will achieve company-wide results.

Competencies & Skills

  • Project management
  • Communication/Presentation Skills (spoken, written)
  • Integrity/Ethics
  • Initiative
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Innovation

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, Master’s degree in life science preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of Regulatory Affairs experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and/or cell therapy/gene therapy area of which must include a minimum of 5 years leadership experience in a Regulatory Affairs role.
  • Proven success in gaining regulatory approvals and leading regulatory aspects of early-stage drug development through POC studies. Experience through commercialization preferred.
  • Prior experience with FDA with neurology therapies preferred.
  • Analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent planning, organization and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated success in making informed decisions for the department.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate into a team environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish stated goals through others regardless of reporting relationship.

Job title and level will be commensurate with candidates’ education and experience.

Vanqua is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment offers are contingent upon the applicant successfully completing a background screen.

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume through LinkedIn to Nina Pinelli at pinellin@vanquabio.com. For security, resumes will not be accepted directly through email.

Apply Now on LinkedIn

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“As a boy, I saw the crippling effects of Parkinson’s disease on my uncle John. As the disease progressed, my tender, outgoing, and physically strong uncle regressed to a withdrawn, disconnected and physically disabled shadow of his former self. Equally tragic to the disease was the extreme burden of care placed upon my aunt Naomi. Every part of her life – emotional, physical, financial – suffered as the disease slowly, yet relentlessly, took her husband from her.

In the decades since John’s passing, the science of lysosomal biology and the innate immune system have progressed so that we can both understand and address the underlying pathology of Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative diseases.

Now is the time: I am privileged to lead the science of Vanqua Bio, establish scientific alliances, and come alongside of advocacy groups so that we can discover and develop novel therapies. Together, we will alleviate the suffering of patients, lessen the monumental burden of care, and increase longevity for all.”

– Kevin Hunt, CSO

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