VP of Chemistry at Civetta Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA

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Location: US-MA-Cambridge
ID: 2018-1117
# of Openings : 1
Category: Research & Development
Address: 650 East Kendall Street


Deerfield Management is an investment management firm committed to improving healthcare through investment, information and philanthropy. We have just launched a new company called Civetta Therapeutics located in Cambridge, MA that was founded by William Sellers (Broad Institute and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and Eric Fischer (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School). We are looking to engage a high-quality team of researchers to advance new medicines through small molecule intervention targeting propeller domains with the goal of developing important therapeutics for cancer and other indications. If you are a talented life sciences professional that can bring significant energy, passion and talent to the team, we welcome the opportunity to consider you for a position in this exciting, new company.

About the founders:

William Sellersis a core institute member of the Broad Institute ofMITandHarvard, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and faculty member and senior advisor to the president for experimental therapeutics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Eric Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and an Independent Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


Key Responsibilities
  • Initiate and Lead drug discovery programs
  • Select and oversee CROs
  • Guides and supports the efforts of chemistry team, including drug discovery chemistry teams and computational teams
  • Creative and scientifically-oriented leader who stays close to the science and drives data-driven decisions
  • Communicates science and strategy effectively in a variety of internal and external settings
  • Leads medicinal chemistry team for innovative first-in-class campaigns against novel targets
  • Defines organization needs and capabilities, recruits and manages internal medicinal chemistry team
  • Works closely as part of three member executive science team to develop and implement overall platform and program scientific strategy
  • Develops and implements overall strategy for internal and external research collaborations
  • Works with CEO, investors, founders and board members


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field with 15+ years of industry experience
  • Strong track record of initiating and leading drug discovery programs
  • Extensive personnel managerial and mentoring experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrable leadership and vision; ability to work effectively with other leadership team members, and external scientific partners
  • Desire and capacity to participate in a dynamic and fast-paced research setting
  • Recognized scientific innovation and accomplishment evidenced by strong record of publication and conference presentations
  • Integrity, collaboration, energy and drive

Civetta Therapeutics provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to religion, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, alienage or citizenship status, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


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