Translational Medicine Leader - Basel, CH or Mechelen, BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden) and in the United States, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.   In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for a Senior Translational Medicine Leader.

The Senior Translational Medicine Leader (TML) will be responsible for leading a multidisciplinary Clinical Development Team and provide expertise and guidance on the most efficient development strategy on Galapagos’ drug candidates through the Early Phases of Development. The TML will be responsible for all medical aspects of Early Phase clinical studies for evaluation of new drug candidates in the area of Osteoarthritis, Inflammation, Atopic Dermatitis, Pain, Fibrosis and Metabolism.


This position reports to the Senior Vice President Translational Medicine.


Your role

  •  Lead the Clinical Development Team to design and execute the Clinical Development Plan from Phase 1 until Proof of Concept
  • Closely collaborate with multidisciplinary team members and other subject matter experts to drive the development of early candidates
  • Oversee the study design and execution of early phase clinical studies from design all through reporting
  • Provide the Medical expertise needed to drive the decisions
  • Lead the Competent Authority and Ethics Committee/IRB submissions and interaction


Job requirements

Who are you ?

  • A strategic thinker, with the ability to help set a vision and lead change
  • An outstanding communicator with excellent management and influencing skills
  • Scientifically and analytically very well skilled
  • Decisive and performance driven, whilst working collaboratively
  • A sound judger with high ethical standards
  • Diplomatic and tactful
  • A mentor
  • Able to interact with authority and confidence at various levels both internally and externally
  • Fluent in English in speech and writing

  Experience Profile

  •  Medical Doctor preferably also PhD with several years  of experience in early phase drug development and translational medicine obtained at R&D Headquarters of biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies
  • Relevant experience in the area of Osteoarthritis, Inflammation, Atopic Dermatitis, Pain, Fibrosis or Metabolism.
  • Very good scientific foundation, preferably within Academia
  • Experience level of  at least 7 years in Clinical research and 5 years in Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Solid understanding of drug development
  • Good business acumen

What’s in it for you ?

 You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!