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Novo Nordisk Innovation Lead - Bio Innovation Hub in Cambridge, Massachusetts

About the Department

Our Cambridge based Bio Innovation Hub is a dynamic team equipped with scientific, technical, business and partnering skills to join forces with local Biotech companies and academia to co-create first-in-class therapeutics and medical technologies, and bridge to the Novo Nordisk R&D core organisation. Applying our expertise and therapeutic focus is an integral part of successfully engaging with our partners and together we will innovate, evaluate, and deliver novel therapeutic concepts into clinical development with the goal of bringing real change to People with cardiometabolic diseases and rare diseases including haemophilia and rare metabolic or blood disorders. Your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.

The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. Our core values to foster open dialogue, curiosity, innovative science, adaptability, and ambition define our culture and are the foundation for partner-relationships. They evoke our emotional and intellectual intelligence to discover unique ways to collaborate and ensure that we truly leverage our joint capabilities, share risks and benefits, and evolve together to establish a joint innovation process.

And while changing the future of diabetes and other serious chronic conditions is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and mutual support. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position

As the direct scientific interface to our local external partners this role is crucial for the success of creating a diversified external research pipeline and has the specific purpose of:

  • Actively engage with the local external partners to mature adaptive partnership opportunities within break-through therapies. Actively shape product concepts or breakthrough technologies to fit Novo Nordisk’s demand for a diversified R&D pipeline and capability development. Collaborate with partners and Novo Nordisk R&D functions to advance product concepts

  • Actively connect and feed knowledge into the Global Novo Nordisk R&D organization

  • Actively coordinate and participate in establishing win-win solutions in complex stakeholder landscapes


    The Innovation Lead reports to the Vice President of the Bio Innovation Hub. It is crucial that the holder of the role will have daily proactive collaboration with colleagues in the Boston organization, external partners including Biotech companies, Venture capital, and Academia Institutions as well as the scientific network within the Global Drug Discovery, Global Research Technologies, and Global Device Research organizations.

    The role thus functions as an interface between the Boston Unit and the external partners.

    Essential Functions

  • Actively engage with the local external partners to identify adaptive partnership opportunities within break-through therapies

  • Actively participate in scanning the Boston innovation ecosystem for collaborative opportunities to co-create disruptive therapeutic concepts or technology projects

  • Drive processes together with identified partners to generate early ideas/hypothesis for breakthrough innovations

  • Proactively acquire knowledge outside of one’s own core areas of expertise

  • Validate opportunities and contribute to co-created research plans

  • Participate in consolidation of innovative partnership models and proposals for endorsement in relevant Novo Nordisk governance board

  • Actively participate in shaping product concepts to fit Novo Nordisk’s demand for a diversified R&D pipeline

  • Participate in solving unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business

  • Collaborate with partners and R&D functions to shape and advance first-in-class product concepts or technology solutions

  • Participate in review of co-created projects, targets and concepts

  • Demonstrate ability to maintain state of the art competences and know-how within field of expertise

  • Actively connect and feed knowledge into the Global Novo Nordisk R&D organization

  • Function as key link between Boston Unit and specific scientific experts within the global research and development organization. Actively engage in learning opportunities in relation to the external partnerships and diverse external engagement models

    Physical Requirements

    Approximately 5-10% overnight travel activity to global research sites will be part of the job.


  • MD or PhD required. Degree focus within biomedical sciences or related areas

  • 3+ years of experience required ; relevant experience includes:

  • Broad scientific knowledge within Cardiovascular and metabolic area and /or rare diseases

  • Proven track record to ideate and advance new product concepts (Innovator mind-set)

  • Experience with project management and working in and implementing novel technologies

  • Strong publication record and/or patents

  • Experience working with global teams and driving cross-business projects

  • Experience working in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry – strongly preferred

  • Good business understanding across R&D functions – Preferred

    Millions rely on us

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.

Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.