Head, Early-Stage Portfolio

Cambridge, MA

About the job

The Head, Early-Stage Portfolio is a critical member of our extended leadership team, responsible for shaping the strategic direction of our development portfolio by identifying and evaluating medical device technologies suitable for early-stage clinical studies, facilitating clinical bridging to commercial devices. This requires collaboration with clinical development teams to ensure alignment with clinical trial objectives, and regulatory affairs to navigate pathways to support clinical evaluation and successful transition to late-stage development teams and commercialization. Additionally, the Early-Stage Portfolio Lead is responsible for concept development of innovative medical device technologies, from ideation to proof of concept, in order to de-risk late-stage development programs and position us for the future, including new areas such as In-vitro diagnostics, IV at home, and targeted delivery systems for Gene therapy.

The strategic vision of Sanofi’s Global Medical Device organization is to lead the industry in device-mediated therapies with the ambition to develop, industrialize and maintain best-in-class drug-delivery systems and connected medical devices that are user-centric, innovative, environmentally sustainable, and enhance the value of the drug, in order to help patients improve their quality of life by empowering them to take control of their disease. Our specific mission is to support the Sanofi business units and R&D by delivering differentiated technology solutions that support administration of drugs and vaccines to help patients, healthcare workers, caregivers, and payers address unmet needs and provide improved health outcomes. Our products and solutions sit on top of our market leading technology platforms which we continue to evolve.

We deliver 4.3 billion healthcare solutions to people every year, thanks to the flawless planning and meticulous eye for detail of our Manufacturing & Supply teams. With your talent and ambition, we can do even more to protect people from infectious diseases and bring hope to patients and their families. Your job, as Head of Asset Management and Reliability – North America within our Global Asset Management team.

We are an innovative global healthcare company with one purpose: to chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. We’re also a company where you can flourish and grow your career, with countless opportunities to explore, make connections with people, and stretch the limits of what you thought was possible. Ready to get started?

Main Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with the R&D leadership teams to align drug delivery innovations and technology development efforts with the evolving needs of the portfolio, including providing thought leadership in driving new opportunities in the clinical operations space.

  • Generate novel ideas, conduct feasibility studies, and prototype new technologies. Drive proof of concept activities to demonstrate technical feasibility, validate key design principles, and assess potential clinical utility. Ensure alignment with commercial objectives and market needs, leveraging insights from early-stage research and user feedback to refine concepts and inform decision-making.

  • Stay abreast of market trends, competitive landscape and emerging technologies (explorations and scouting) to inform decision-making and identify opportunities for innovation.

  • Manage and secure the budget to execute early-stage programs required to de-risk development, advance select drug delivery technology development, and operationalize strategy. Key areas include IV at home, in-vitro diagnostic devices, and targeted non-systemic delivery systems for gene therapy.

  • Collaborate with business development teams to identify and evaluate in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities related to medical device technologies that complement the company's portfolio and strategic objectives.

  • Evaluate market potential and support negotiation of licensing terms, partnership agreements, and intellectual property rights to maximize value and mitigate risks.

  • Foster relationships with external partners, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders to expand the company's network and facilitate knowledge exchange.

  • Identify potential external collaborations, including technology startups to ensure access to cutting-edge technologies which are strategic to deliver Sanofi R&D pipeline.

  • Participate in Sanofi governance bodies (i.e., Medical Device Working Grp, Device Board, etc.) as required.

About you

  • Bachelor of Science in engineering or scientific discipline and minimum of 12- 15 years of drug-delivery industry experience in the medical device or pharmaceutical industry with a demonstrated track record of success.

  • Domain expertise with broad working knowledge of therapeutic modalities and associated technologies to facilitate delivery.

  • Experience in establishing and managing strategic external collaborations and partnerships.

  • Ability to manage internal development resources and external development partners in a global environment to deliver objectives with operational and fiscal responsibilities for on time and on budget delivery.

  • Fluent in English, French or German basic knowledge is a plus.

Why Choose Us?

  • Bring the miracles of science to life alongside a supportive, future-focused team.

  • Discover endless opportunities to grow your talent and drive your career, whether it’s through a promotion or lateral move, at home or internationally.

  • Enjoy a thoughtful, well-crafted rewards package that recognizes your contribution and amplifies your impact.

  • Take good care of yourself and your family, with a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits including high-quality healthcare, prevention and wellness programs and at least 14 weeks’ gender-neutral parental leave.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.