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Scientist 2 / Sr. Scientist 1, QC Viral Vectors Analytical (Gene Therapy), Technical Operations

Location Novato, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

General Description:

TheSenior Scientist 1/2 QC is a member of the Quality Control team and is responsible for providing solid technical leadership and guidance relative to the performance, validation, optimization, development, troubleshooting, and transfer of molecular biological, biochemical and chemical evaluations for drug substance, drug product.  He/she should exhibit strong cGMP knowledge and guidance for junior team members and escalate issues as needed. It is expected that he/shemaylead/managetwo or more reportsindependently while completing work assignments from semi-routine to complex in nature and delivering work product in a timely manner.   Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-functional setting is a requirement. The ability to recognize deviations from the accepted practice/SOPs through foundational technical expertise and compliance is a requirementStrong technical knowledge, cGMP knowledge, and leadership skills are a requirement.  Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a quality control testing environment and work with external contract testing labs (CTLs) are requirements for the position. 

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Lead/manage efforts to perform laboratory testing of BioMarin drug products and API’s.  May manage two or more direct reports.
  • Contribute to data review for several methods.
  • Analyze, trend, and review quality control release and stability testing data of BioMarin’s pharmaceutical products at Contract Testing Laboratories (CTLs) and/or Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs).
  • Lead activities for Pre-Licensing Approval Inspection (PLI) readiness.
  • Support/lead the preparation of phase-appropriate stability protocols and stability reports for API and drug product in accordance with regulatory requirements and as needed to support clinical trials and regulatory submissions.
  • Lead investigations conducted at CMO/CTL and review and approve out-of-specification (OOS), out-of-trend (OOT) and out-of-expectation (OOE) testing results, deviations.
  • Lead the transfer of analytical methods to CTL’s for gene therapy based products and lead/support method optimization and trouble-shooting as needed.  These methods may include HPLC, ELISA, cell-based potency and other methods.
  • Champion continuous improvement in quality systems (procedures and systems) to improve organizational effectiveness, quality assurance compliance, and regulatory and other requirements (cGMP, ICH).
  • Work collaboratively with manufacturing/supply chain, quality assurance, regulatory, and project management to ensure timely availability of lot release, stability data, and other required analytical data.    

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Relevant experience managing and testing as a leader in a Quality Control function at a Scientist level is required.
  • Experience in analytical development for biologics is required.
  • Experience with analytical systems (LIMS, laboratory control systems, stability/release systems) is required.
  • Functioned as audit support and/or lead audit supportduring previous inspections.
  • Thorough understanding of regulatory agency (FDA) requirement and international guidance (ICH) for drug substance and product under GMP is required as applied to biologics.
  • Analytical development experience developing, qualifying, validating, and transfer of chromatographic methods (HPLC, SEC, CZE), spectroscopic methods (FTIR. UV), and other physical and biochemical methods to analyze biologic or protein drug substances and drug products is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with development, optimization, qualification, and validation of ELISA or other immunoassays for potency, identity analysis for drug substance or product release is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with development, optimization, qualification, and validation of tests for identity, purity, potency for API and drug product (raw materials, in-process, release) and/or excipients is required.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and deliver on tight timelines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in analytical data systems (Empower, LIMS)
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent cross-functional team participation skills.
  • Solid problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to be flexible with changing work needs
  • Interacts with other functional leaders, project management and QC/AD team personnel
  • Interacts with Contract Testing Laboratories, Contract Manufacturing Organizations, consultants and external partners.
  • Previous experience in a lead role with 3-6 direct reports is required.

Education:

  • BS in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or a related field(with 10 – 14 years professional experience).
  • MS in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or a related field (with 6 - 10 years professional experience).
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or a related field (with 4 – 8 years professional experience).
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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