Allergan Assoc Dir, Biological Research in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Assoc Dir, Biological Research

Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States at

Jun 28, 2018Post Date

180874Requisition #

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

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Position Overview

Under general guidance, the Associate Director, Biological Research will lead the cross-functional Regenerative Medicine Performance Team (RMPT), and is accountable for the scientific integrity and rigor of all research studies undertaken by the team.

Main Areas of Responsibility

Act as an acellular tissue matrix RM Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Allergan, and is responsible for the following activities: leading the design, execution, and reporting of scientifically rigorous and statistically valid research studies intended to deepen the understanding of current products or support new indications for current product platforms; leading the development of scientific education materials and data packages in support of external messaging of the product portfolio; acting as a key conduit for R&D communication with US and OUS Commercial and Medical Affairs partners; writing and/or reviewing research publications; leading the design, testing, and reporting of competitive product studies; leading the design, testing, and reporting of studies in support of late-stage development products outside of TPP scope; and the collaboration and management of external research relationships in support of RMPT objectives.

In partnership with the RMPT will be resources for discussions with and presentations to key customers, and will assist in Regenerative Medicine Sales Training courses. As part of regular team activities, the Associate Director will find opportunities for R&D members to attend and observe clinical cases relevant to the product portfolio.

Responsible for creating budgets, working with the RMPT Project Management member to support project planning, assuring Commercial requests for RMPT support have visibility to the Bridgewater R&D Leadership team to balance FTE resource allocations, coaching junior level scientists and engineers, providing input to publication and research strategy development, and supporting assessment of RM business development opportunities.

Assure the RMPT holds regular meetings with the Implant Performance team to enhance communication, ensure members of both performance teams are cross-trained and capable of presenting “standard” materials for both teams, and leverage cross-location resources.

Lead team members in a matrix management structure, manage RMPT members through dotted line reporting relationships, and will provide annual performance review input to supervisors of the members of the RMPT. The RMPT members include functional representatives from Regulatory, Commercial (US and OUS), Medical Affairs, Bridgewater Product Development, Bridgewater Tissue Material Sciences, and Project Management. Occasionally a project may require the Associate Director to engage ad hoc members from other functional areas (e.g., Operations, Health Economics and Reimbursement).


-Bachelor of Science in the Life Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or a field related to regenerative medicine with 12-15 years of industry-based experience, or Master of Science in the Life Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or a field related to regenerative medicine with 9 – 12 years of industry-based experience, or Doctorate Degree in the Life Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, or a field related to regenerative medicine with 5 – 8 years of industry-based experience.

Preferred Skills/Qualification

  • Design, execution, and analysis of benchtop, in vitro , and complex in vivo studies focused on regenerative medicine products under development as well as on commercialized regenerative medicine products. Experience with acellular tissue matrices is essential.

  • Success in leading a cross-functional team in a matrix environment, carrying out multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Success in supervising and/or mentoring more junior R&D personnel.

  • Experience with regenerative medicine competitive product test strategy development, test execution, analysis, and reporting.

  • Project management skills – project plans, budgets, resource management, etc.

  • Significant experience in presenting to and leading discussions with physician key opinion leaders and scientific thought leaders in regenerative medicine.

  • Significant experience in developing scientific messaging materials (re regenerative medicine products) in support of Commercial needs

  • Significant experience in training members of a sales force about the science on which acellular tissue matrix products are based.

  • Experience leading fruitful collaborations between industry, academic, contract research organization, and/or medical partners.

  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Track record of presentations at key regenerative medicine and/or clinically-focused scientific conferences and company-sponsored events.

Essential Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of acellular tissue matrix products, medical devices, biomaterials.

  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

  • Polished and professional presentation skills. Ability to easily communicate complex ideas to an audience of varying skill sets and backgrounds.

  • Competency in statistical design and analysis of experiments.

  • Ability to work with a sense of urgency.

  • Experience with using benchtop test methods relevant to regenerative medicine.

  • Experience with using in vitro test methods relevant to regenerative medicine and biocompatibility.

  • Experience with using in vivo test models relevant to regenerative medicine and biocompatibility.

  • Experience with developing evidence generation plans for regenerative medicine product testing.

  • General understanding of regulatory guidance relevant to regenerative medicine products classified as devices.

Regenerative Medicine Performance Team (RMPT) Leader

Lead RMPT members and manage cross-functional RMPT team activities in support of RMPT goals and objectives. Challenge conventional wisdom, think “out of the box,” and be willing to take calculated risks (with mitigation plans in place). Ensure alignment between RMPT project plans and resource availability. Regularly communicate RMPT project progress to line function managers. Lead the design, execution, and reporting of rigorous benchtop, in vitro , and in vivo research to deepen scientific understanding of current products’ mode of action. Create data packages and external messaging materials including peer-reviewed journal articles to support the current RM product portfolio as well as late-stage development products. Co-author or review research publications relevant to acellular tissue matrix RM. Prepare and submit articles and/or presentations to external audiences via GUARD and ZINC as appropriate. Design, execute, and report on competitive product testing relevant to the RM product portfolio. Lead RM-relevant external research and/or collaboration agreements; build relationships with external research partners.

Regenerative Medicine SME

Regularly present in clear and easy-to-follow terms acellular tissue matrix RM scientific educational materials to Key Opinion Leaders, prospective customers, scientific / medical conference attendees, and attendees of RM Sales Training courses. Act as a leading acellular tissue matrix RM SME expert for Allergan and in the RM scientific community at large. Build on RM SME expertise by increasing clinical understanding of product use through clinical case observations, discussions with RM product customers, and assisting in the assessment of business development opportunities.

Coach and Develop RMPT Team Members

Mentor and provide guidance to more junior RMPT members, particularly those based in RM R&D. Proactively manage activities to leverage team members’ strengths while providing stretch opportunities to build on existing knowledge (e.g., cross-train with the Implant Performance Team; practice presentation skills; build clinical knowledge by attending RMPT-relevant clinical cases). Assist RMPT R&D members in deepening their technical, customer-interface, and team player skills. Work with R&D team members and their supervisors to create IDP goals which are relevant to business needs. Provide performance input for junior RMPT members to their respective supervisors.


Bachelor’s degree required. See Requirements section for additional details.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Allergan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other protected status.