The Therapy Development Accelerator of University Medicine Zurich (UMZH) at the University of Zurich identifies and promotes projects with high translational potential and supports bio-entrepreneurs who develop promising new therapies for patients with an unmet medical need. The TDA team brings together key academic and industrial expertise to support emerging science- and patient-driven therapeutic approaches up to early clinical development.
The Project Leader will work closely with the Head of the TDA to implement all activities of the TDA. He/she will support entrepreneurial projects and academic spin-offs in the biomedical field (biotech, medtech, diagnostics, digital health) from idea up to series A, bringing content, expertise and network through:
scouting and analyzing scientific and commercial potential of academic translational projects of the UZH - coaching individual investigators and teams and facilitating personal development of entrepreneurs
bespoke consulting on project management, pre-clinical and clinical development, regulatory strategy, CMC, team and company development, market analysis, non-dilutive and dilutive fundraising, pitching, etc.
providing access to network and actively building network, both in industry and academia; organization of networking events (with pro-bono advisors from own network), coordination of outsourced consulting
fostering academic entrepreneurship by writing guides, giving lectures within the university environment and involvement in teaching activities at UZH
establishing and maintaining contacts and partnerships with pharma and biotech companies
MSc in life sciences or related disciplines (PhD preferred)
at least two years experience working with start-ups, and/or early stage technology, for example, as a founder or in business development, investment, technology transfer or healthcare consulting roles.
a flair for coaching and the ability to switch between coaching and consulting roles
broad experience of the drug-, medical device-, diagnostics-, and digital health development
entrepreneurial mindset with an understanding of the unique challenges of the academic and clinical setting
strong relationship and networking skills
flexible and innovative personality that can be at ease working independently or collaboratively.
proficient in English, good knowledge of German preferred, basic German required
preferred: clinical expertise
What we offer
The opportunity to support the growth of a large range of exciting projects and promising bioentrepreneurs with a small team of experts – the perfect job for a fast-thinking, curious mind that likes variety and loves learning. Salary according to UZH standards for a managerial position. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of changing to a permanent position. UZH is an equal opportunity employer and is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Place of work
Start of employment
Employment start date to be mutually agreed. We will review applications on a rolling basis.