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Associate Director/Director, Corporate Counsel - Worldwide Development

Location San Rafael, 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 Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Associate Director/Director, Corporate Counsel – Worldwide Research & Development

Summary Description:

BioMarin is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Marin County dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of patients suffering from diseases that are often underserved and ignored.  This position is an exciting opportunity for an attorney to join a fast-paced, dynamic corporate legal department supporting a global biopharmaceutical company. 

As Associate Director/Director, Corporate Counsel for Worldwide Research & Development (WWRD), you will be the lead attorney working with BioMarin’s WWRD team, strategically advising the Chief Scientific Officer and the WWRD Leadership Team. You will report to the VP, Deputy General Counsel and will be part of the Legal Operations group.  You can expect to be working on a wide range of legal matters designed to support BioMarin’s cutting-edge science.. You will also be the legal representative on a number of cross-functional teams that are tasked with the development and eventual commercialization of BioMarin pipeline products.  In addition, a successful candidate will be an accomplished transactional attorney with significant experience in structuring, drafting and negotiating complex licensing, collaboration and strategic transactions (M&A) as you will be supporting our Business Development function in collaboration with the Corporate Legal group.  You will also provide legal research and advice to support the company’s WWRD organization. The position requires especially close collaboration with BioMarin’s intellectual property lawyers, other attorneys in the Legal Department including international counsel, as well as other internal functional groups and business partners.


  • Lead attorney supporting BioMarin’s WWRD team, strategically advising the Chief Scientific Officer and the WWRD Leadership Team,.
  • Lead attorney working closely with Legal Department Contracts Associates on the negotiation and drafting of WWRD and Business Development term sheets and agreements, including early stage discovery, development and/or commercial-stage collaborations, in-bound and out-bound license agreements, joint venture, non-disclosure agreements, sponsored research agreements, service agreements, material transfer agreements, strategic transaction term sheets and agreements for asset purchases/divestitures and mergers, and other supporting contracts, utilizing BioMarin’s contract lifecycle management system
  • Provide subject matter legal guidance to Contracts Associates on escalated legal matters and contracts for WWRD and Business Development.
  • Work closely with BioMarin intellectual property attorneys to help advise the WWRD and Business Development teams on intellectual property issues (patent and trade secret) in contracts.
  • Work with Finance and Business Development groups in tracking achievement and payment of milestones, royalties and compliance with contractual obligations under key in-licensing, out-licensing and business development agreements.
  • Provide subject matter legal expertise and support day-to-day activities regarding laws related to research activities including the regulation of research and of animal and human protections in research as well as contractual considerations in research.
  • Provide ongoing assistance with training/monitoring of the WWRD and Business Development organizations’ compliance with BioMarin policies and procedures, including contracting, financial approval, and signature policies.
  • Liaise with internal clients and respond to inquiries regarding contracts and other matters, as assigned.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Legal Department contract templates and “playbooks” for contract negotiations.
  • Provide support for other Legal Department projects, including legal research and drafting of research memoranda on various issues as requested by senior management of the company or senior attorneys in the Legal Department.
  • Appropriately manage a significant workflow, setting priorities with internal clients and meeting deliverable timelines, including by finding efficient ways of working.


J.D. required from a nationally recognized law school. Current California bar membership or In-House Counsel Certification required.

Experience and Skills:

  • Four+ years prior experience in a major law firm/and or in-house law position, demonstrating growth and the ability to succeed.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of term sheets and agreements, especially for licensing, sponsored research, and strategic transactions.
  • Intellectual property or scientific background required.
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills required.  Must be able to manage heavy workload and aggressive timelines in a timely manner, prioritize and work under pressure.
  • Exceptional written and communication skills required, including strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, a quick learner, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Computer skills in database management and documentation preparation (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Microsoft Office) required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The worker frequently will be required to sit and talk and listen.  The worker is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


General office equipment.

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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We treat rare diseases, and that gives us rare opportunities. Chris Brodeur, Director, Corporate Compliance
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