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Associate Director, Biology

Status: Active
LocationSan Diego, CA
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Come join our world-class team evaluating, in-licensing, and developing innovative therapeutic products internationally.


HUYABIO™ is the leader in accelerating the global development of novel biopharmaceutical product opportunities originating in China enabling faster, more cost-effective and lower-risk drug development in the global markets. Through extensive collaboration with biopharmaceutical, academic and commercial organizations, it has built the largest China-sourced compound portfolio covering all therapeutic areas. Hiyasta® the company’s first commercial product is marketed in Japan. With offices in the US, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Ireland and eight strategic locations across China, the Company has become a partner of choice to accelerate product development and maximize value globally. For more information, please visit


Job Summary


The Associate Director (Biology) will maintain and update HUYABIO target of interest list for in-license, present target review to China teams regularly based on the comprehensive understanding of drug discovery trend and global competitive landscape. Review drug discovery projects originated from China. Actively participate in compound meetings preparation and data summary. Evaluate, identify in-licensing candidates. Support the development of HUYABIO in-licensed programs as needed. The position will report into HUYABIO’s Vice President of Research, Data Management.


This is an office-based position that works in a cross-functional and dynamic environment. Clear, timely, professional, and effective communication with all HUYABIO functional areas and global office sites is essential.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Initial Compound Sourcing

·         Search, assess and recommend projects to in-license and develop for ex-China market

·         Initial review and evaluation of compounds upon entry into database

·         Recommend compounds for initial follow-up in China

·         As a member of the database team, perform database management tasks


  1. Pre-Diligence Activities

·         Maintain communication with investigators and provide timely written and oral feedback

·         Liaison with visiting consultants, providing them the data required by them for evaluation

·         Provide in-house search and analysis on clinical landscape and market analysis


  1. In-licensing Due diligence

·         Manage due diligence activities, coordinating with the San Diego and the China teams. Perform both on site due diligence and pre-meetings.

·         Coordinate DD team members for data preparations

·         Communication with PI to set up schedule and dd materials preparation (in person pre-meetings if possible)

·         Finalize DD materials for HUYABIO database submission and electronic binders


  1. China Operations Coordination
  • Maintain and update the target of interest list, present target review to China teams regularly.
  • On site pre-diligence and due diligence meetings, if needed.
  • Assist in recruitment of HUYABIO’s scientific liaison network in China. 


Job Qualifications and Requirements


  • PhD in biomedical sciences and 10-15 years of related experience in pharmaceutical industry
  • Knowledge and experience in drug research and development
  • Knowledge and skills in database management
  • Ability to accommodate China and US time zone difference, with the ability to work into the late afternoons or evenings
  • Proficient in drug development process and scientific databases
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and Access
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 25% as needed
  • Fluency in speaking, reading and writing in Mandarin is required



The position is full‐time, and the incumbent must be able to commute to HUYABIO’s Del Mar, California office at least part-time each week.


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