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Spero Therapeutics Senior Scientist, Process Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts

About Us

Spero Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SPRO) is a multi-asset clinical stage biopharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Mass. We are highly committed to advancing novel treatment approaches for bacterial infections with a world-class team of biotechnological and biopharmaceutical experts. The company has a pipeline of novel and highly differentiated antibacterial and rare disease product candidates focused on the unmet needs of patients with multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacterial infections. Spero’s lead product candidate, tebipenem HBr (tebipenem pivoxil hydrobromide, formerly SPR994), is designed to be the first oral carbapenem antibiotic for use in adults to treat serious bacterial infections, including those caused by MDR Gram-negative infections. In September 2020, Spero announced positive top-line results from its Phase 3 ADAPT-PO clinical trial of tebipenem HBr in complicated urinary tract infection and acute pyelonephritis. Spero is also advancing SPR720, its oral antimicrobial agent in development for the treatment of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) pulmonary disease, a rare orphan disease. Spero’s third product candidate, SPR206, is an IV-administered agent being developed as an innovative option to treat MDR Gram-negative bacterial infections.

We sincerely believe that our novel product candidates will have meaningful impact on patient health and significant commercial applications for the treatment of MDR infections in both the hospital and community settings.

General Scope and Summary of Role

Spero Therapeutics is seeking a highly motivated, experienced Process Development Scientist/Senior Scientist to join the CMC team. The incumbent will be responsible for the development and execution of robust, well-understood processes and timely manufacture of cGMP materials at external CDMOs.  This will involve the rapid design of syntheses and isolations, in conjunction with the identification of key process parameters, the origin of impurities and the appropriate process controls. The immediate focus will be to support API validation and commercialization for our lead program SPR994.

What You’ll Do

  • Responsible for process development and manufacture of drug substances under cGMP conditions at external CDMOs

  • Interpret raw data, organize results, generate/review reports, and communicate findings to scientific teams and upper management

  • Responsible for vendor management, technology transfer and cGMP manufacturing productions

  • Construct and review batch records

  • Provide on-site support for production at CMO facilities

  • Investigate, identify root cause, and support CAPA for manufacturing deviations

  • Collaborate with Formulation Development and Analytical Development to define and execute development strategies that enable phase appropriate deliverables

  • Conduct scenario planning to proactively provide analysis and recommendations on alternative development plans, along with associated assumptions and risks

  • Assist in the review and evaluation of CMC documents and source documents for regulatory filings

    What You’ll Need

  • MS degree in chemistry or chemical engineering with 10 years or PhD with 3+ years in pharmaceutical process chemistry and GMP production

  • Strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry and drug development processes; experience with beta-lactam is a plus

  • Understands quality assurance and quality control requirements of cGMP production

  • Working knowledge of regulatory guidelines; experience with commercial production is a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in interdisciplinary, fast pace environment

  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving and technical writing skills

  • Ability to manage outsourced projects

  • Travel globally up to 20% of the time

    By joining our committed and highly motivated team, you’ll experience a workplace culture that is inclusive, fair, challenging, supportive, and respectful. Spero’s culture is one that emphasizes “servant leadership,” or putting ego aside and working for the benefit of the team and our patients and values our colleagues’ opinions and celebrates accomplishments in service of patients.

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