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Associate Director

Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S

Associate Director – External Innovation & Scientific Licensing

Boost your career in a global role with great impact and learning opportunities

If you bring a PhD backed by drug discovery experience from the biotech and/or pharma industry and you are looking for an opportunity for influence, impact and a steep learning curve, we have just the job for you. At Ferring we are building a new, global organisation for External Innovation & Scientific Licensing headed by the VP Declan Jones. We aim to optimise Ferring’s access to new drugs from discovery to clinical proof-of-concept for the benefit of patients worldwide. That is why we need you to join our global team. You will be based at Ferring International PharmaScience Center in Copenhagen reporting to Morten Persson, Director, External Innovation & Scientific Licensing.

Identify in-licensing opportunities, innovative delivery systems and novel drug discovery programs

Basically, your job is to enhance Ferring’s ability to access new drugs from discovery to clinical proof-of-concept – to support our pipeline of novel drug candidates designed to make people live better lives. You will focus on reproductive medicines & maternal health, uro-oncology, and gastroenterology with an interest in targeting the immune system and/or microbiome across all focus areas.

As part of a growing team of highly skilled Scientists in the Global External Innovation team, you will work with internal Drug Discovery Scientists and Therapeutic Area Heads to identify partnering opportunities and create partnerships with biotech companies, universities, charities and other funding bodies to access medical innovations intended for global markets. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for global product in-licensing in our core target areas
  • Conduct in-depth landscape analyses through networking and on-site visits
  • Participate in academic and technical conferences to promote Ferring as the partner of choice
  • Build your network of relationships with innovation leaders in academia, hospitals, governmental institutions, charities, venture capital firms and biotech industry
  • Build networks in the global Ferring organisation to promote and ensure in-depth understanding of the innovation strategy
  • Contribute to the building of strong matrix teams of internal and external experts to drive both the scientific and business aspects of opportunity evaluation and transaction
  • Coordinate scouting activities with existing outreach activities across the team and Global R&D
  • Work with commercial colleagues (e.g. R&D Finance and Global IP) to build business cases for the targeted innovation licensing or acquisition
  • Facilitate communications between internal stakeholders and external partners

Your road to success will be founded on your ability to apply a combined scientific and commercial perspective across all your activities.

Ambitious PhD with 5+ years’ of drug discovery experience

We are looking for a highly ambitious profile with the energy level and dedication it takes to aim for world-class in every case. It is very important, that you like to create results as part of a team, and that you can handle ambiguity and make business critical decisions without knowing the full picture. Additionally, your CV comprises:

  • Advanced Degree (PhD in Life Sciences), ideally in immunology or other areas related to our discovery strategy
  • 5+ years’ of drug discovery experience from the pharma industry and/or biotech
  • Demonstrated experience in managing drug discovery and early stage candidate drug projects with evidence of successful outcomes
  • Strategic thinking in combination with understanding science and technologies and their impact on the overall business
  • Experience with external R&D, partnering and/or business development
  • Excellent networking ability in cross-cultural environment inside and outside Ferring. Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken
  • Ability to travel for up to 25-30% of your time to meet colleagues and partners all over the world

Contact and application

Please send your application and CV no later than 2 June 2020. Please note that we review applications on an on-going basis and close the process when we find the right match.

If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact Director, Morten Persson at

Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a leader in reproductive medicine and women’s health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology. At Ferring International PharmaScience Center (IPC) in Copenhagen we are nearly 600 people, primarily scientists and specialists breaking new ground to help people live better lives all around the globe. We focus our R&D efforts on peptide-based drugs and biotechnology derived medicines.

As a privately-owned company we benefit from the privilege to think and work with a long-term horizon. You will experience the same freedom in your search for new solutions. Your desire to innovate and explore will contribute to fulfilling our ambition of becoming the world’s leading company within reproductive medicine and women’s health. If you need help, you will find it. If you want challenges, they are right in front of you. If you are looking for freedom to find your own way, you are trusted to do so. If you want to make a mark in the world for the better, you feel just like the rest of us. Read more at ferring.com



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Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
Ferring is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group committed to helping people build healthy families and live better lives. Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology.

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