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Vice President, Discovery Biology

Company: Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Location: San Diego
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals is a San Diego based pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancer. In the six years since our inception, we have successfully cleared four INDs with the FDA. - We believe our deep pipeline of oncology therapeutics has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients with various types of cancer. -
Responsible for leading a team contributing to all stages of small molecule drug discovery and early development including target ID and validation, hit discovery and leading optimization through to IND. - In addition to line management responsibilities, expected to influence overall Company strategy and engage with key external CROs.

  • Oversight of all internal and external biology activities focused on the preclinical development of Zentalis assets (small molecule) with pre-identified targets and identify new targets to pursue.
  • Provide leadership, strategic oversight, resource management, and organizational framework to ensure timely decision making on projects.
  • Identify, support, manage and develop talent among team; act as a resource and mentor to team members by providing guidance, instruction, feedback and ongoing coaching; encourage visionary thinking. Value the advancement of our programs and our people.
  • Preserve and promote current model of participative decision making in an organization where siloes are nonexistent and discouraged.
  • Professionally represent the organization externally in collaborations and conferences, board of directors and scientific advisory board meetings.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


    • PhD in Biological Sciences with 15 years of industry experience working in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology field as a biologist
    • Extensive track-record of leading drug discovery programs through to IND and adopting highly innovative approaches to answering complex biological questions
    • History of publications and conference presentations
    • Proven ability to work within a matrix management structure to influence programs
    • Demonstrated ability to lead through others and develop emerging leaders within organization
    • Ability to work productively and collaboratively with potential corporate partners/external collaborators
    • Ability to multi-task/ prioritize and time management of daily activities
    • Intermediate to advanced software skills (e.g., Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project)
    • High attention to detail
    • Demonstrate high level of accuracy and effective oral and written communication skills
    • Flexibility within a rapidly changing environment
    • Excellent ability to work in a goal and team-oriented setting
    • Well-developed organizational skills and the ability to thrive under pressure

Keywords: Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., San Diego , Vice President, Discovery Biology, Executive , San Diego, California

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