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Sanofi Group Associate Director, Cell Line Development & Genomic Medicine Unit CMC in Framingham, Massachusetts

Job overview

We seek a highly motivated team leader to join Cell Line Development (CLD), a growing department within Sanofi R&D, to build and lead a new team focused on mammalian cell line generation for Sanofi’s Genomic Medicine Unit (GMU) pipeline. The person in this role will work in a high-performing, fast-paced collaborative environment, ensure project goals and timelines are met, and help drive optimization for producer cell line expression of viral vectors for gene therapy. The position provides the opportunity to contribute to technology development and operational excellence initiatives, having a direct impact on shaping our future producer cell line viral vector manufacturing platform.

Key Responsibilities

  • Technical oversight of end-to-end cell line development work packages to meet deliverables for preclinical and clinical development projects, including written reports and presentations to stakeholders

  • Onboard and manage research associates performing AAV producer cell line development activities

  • Prepare and review documentation for regulatory submissions

  • Represent the CLD function on project teams and within GMU CMC, making decisions for cell line activities and effectively communicating results, progress and plans

  • Collaborate to develop and implement new strategies for improving AAV viral vector production, to ensure “right first time” commercial-ready cell lines

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Biology, Cell Biology, Bioengineering, Virology or related discipline with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience

  • At least 4 years of managerial experience

  • Hands-on experience in mammalian cell culture in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology setting

  • Strong technical background and experience in viral vector production, preferably recombinant AAV vectors

  • Self-motivated with excellent organization and time-management skills

  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in suspension mammalian cell culture

  • Experience with automation and high throughput technologies as applied to mammalian cell line generation and process optimization

  • Experience in mammalian gene expression systems, gene editing and/or ‘omics technologies

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and adhere to timelines

  • Flexibility and a willingness to expand skill set and responsibilities

  • Experience preparing regulatory submissions

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.



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