Business Development Director

Center for Biosustainability
Wednesday 05 Dec 18

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), is looking for an experienced Business Development Director to facilitate execution of the Center’s translational mission emphasizing the exploitation of the commercialization potential of the possible drug candidates produced by the DTU Biosustain cell factory platforms. Given the interesting opportunities that lie within the Centre’s ability to produce many compounds in a variety of cell platforms we need to strengthen the business development efforts in order to successfully commercialize therapeutic business opportunities. Reporting to the CEO, the Business Development Director will drive the business development activities as well as target selection and portfolio prioritization of projects with pharmaceutical and therapeutic aim.

Primary areas of responsibility
  • Develop and define strategy for CFB Therapeutics
  • Stakeholder analysis and engagement
  • Validate the drug candidate portfolio
  • Define Target Product Profile for the drug candidate portfolio
  • Business Case outline per drug candidate
  • Secure Project progress and priority
  • Oversee Project Pipeline Portfolio of therapeutics is prioritized and updated
  • Involve Key Opinion Leaders for the disease areas
  • Head individual projects through commercialization
Our expectations of you
  • Scientific background (MSc in an engineering field, or the like)
  • 10+ years’ business development experience in Pharma/Biotech BtB markets
  • Experience with alliance management from cold calls to deal signatures
  • Insight to CHO cell bioprocess development and protein chemistry
  • Project manager profile with experience in leading cross functional teams
  • Strong skills in generating and communicating overview, direction and action plan
  • Insight to drug development process from candidate selection to product launch
  • Ability to define strategies for regulatory, clinical and outsourcing activities.
  • Excellent Communication and presentation skills
  • An entrepreneur with a hand on approach to driving projects forward
  • Act as role model who can inspire young researchers to pursue an entrepreneurial career

What we offer in return
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We place emphasis on a high level of professionalism among our staff, so skills development is an integral part of our organization. We offer a great flexibility in the position. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.


In recent years, DTU has been working concertedly to professionalize management. The DTU Leadership Role is based on four cornerstones: academic management, resource management, Performance-enhancing HR management and strategic management. Moreover, self-management and DTU’s values constitute the central parameters for these four disciplines. To find out more about DTU’s Leadership Role, see the website.


Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.


The workplace is at the Center premises on the DTU main campus in Kgs. Lyngby.


Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 19 December 2018.  


Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 


If you would like additional information about the position, please contact Bo Skjold Larsen, COO on +45 2365 3022.


All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.


DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.s.