Director, Business Development

About AskBio

Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc. (AskBio), a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Bayer AG acquired in 2020, is a fully integrated AAV gene therapy company dedicated to developing life-saving medicines that have the potential to cure genetic diseases. The company maintains a portfolio of clinical programs across a range of neuromuscular, central nervous system, cardiovascular and metabolic disease indications with a clinical-stage pipeline that includes therapeutics for Pompe disease, Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure, as well as out-licensed clinical indications for hemophilia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. AskBio’s gene therapy platform includes Pro10™, an industry-leading proprietary cell line manufacturing process, and an extensive AAV capsid and promoter library. With global headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and European headquarters in Edinburgh, UK, the company has generated hundreds of proprietary third-generation AAV capsids and promoters, several of which have entered clinical testing. Founded in 2001 and an early innovator in the gene therapy field, the company holds more than 850 patents in areas such as AAV production and chimeric and self-complementary capsids. Learn more at

Position Overview

The Director, Business Development is an engaged, experienced, and inspirational biopharmaceutical industry professional who will help position the Company as a leader in the emerging field of gene therapy. Reporting to the General Counsel, and in partnership with the Executive Team, the Director, Business Development will play a lead role in developing and executing the near term and long-range strategy for the Company at the interface of science, medicine, and business. Direct responsibilities will include business development strategy and execution, including licenses, collaborations and acquisitions. Keen insights in these areas will help the Company position existing programs in this rapidly evolving gene therapy market and identify opportunities to expand its pipeline and product portfolio.

The Director, Business Development will bring cross-functional leadership and collaboration to ensure alignment, ideation, and implementation, working closely with the Company executive leadership team, in a nimble and fast-moving environment. Demonstrating leadership as it relates to the Company’s culture and values are paramount for this role. He/she will also serve as a leader with external constituents including thought leaders, partners, and as a general representative of the Company.

We are excited about our next Director, Business Development to join the AskBio team!

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the development, implementation, and execution of overall company business development strategy focused on optimizing key value drivers across the organization while fully complimenting corporate strategy set by CEO.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and execution of overall company business development strategy focused on optimizing key value drivers across the organization while fully complimenting corporate strategy set by CEO.
  • Lead sourcing, due diligence, negotiations and execution of licenses, collaborations, sponsored research and acquisitions or divestitures.
  • Lead global, cross-functional team on a project-by-project basis.
  • Serve as a role model in establishing a collaborative spirit within the BD organization.
  • As the Company continues to evolve, play a leadership role in supporting cultural transitions associated with product development and pipeline strategies in early clinical research through clinical developments stages, while maintaining a strong sense of ongoing scientific innovation throughout.
  • Present and debate business rationale, analyses, and proposals with the senior executives; interface with senior management to reach decisions.
  • Identify and target prospective partner companies and build and maintain relationships with those counterparts.

Required Education & Experience

  • Minimum 8 years of industry experience with a successful track record sourcing and executing deals.

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • MBA or equivalent business experience and/or PhD Molecular Biology or other scientific field of study related to gene therapy.
  • Deep knowledge of the industry, conversant from early R&D approaches through product development, regulatory, marketing and product launch. Able to articulate that knowledge to a broad range of stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee the formulation of business development strategy, identification of external opportunities consistent with the corporate strategy, structure, negotiate, and consummate business development transactions.
  • Well networked in the field of gene therapy, access to KOL’s and leaders across the industry and academia.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and work successfully with varied audiences (colleagues, biotechnology/pharmaceutical partners, financial institutions, customers, and the Board of Directors).
  • Well-developed internal partnering skills to interface and collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Desire to work in a fast paced, science-based biotech setting and be a part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of young patients with rare genetic disease.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.