Business Development Manager / Director

Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), UniQuest

St Lucia, Brisbane - Queensland, Australia

Join Australia's leading commercialisation company and be part of an exciting drug discovery and development initiative

Apply your business development experience in biotech/pharma

Commercialise a pipeline of drug discovery proejcts into global impact

Are you looking for an opportunity to drive the business development of a therapeutic pipeline?

Do you have a drive for doing deals with biotech, pharma and venture capital?

Are you looking to thrive in a collaborative, supportive team environment?

UniQuest is Australia’s leading commercialisation company, commercialising the intellectual property of The University of Queensland.

Our track record includes the licensing of Australia’s blockbuster vaccine Gardasil®, and the start-up companies Spinifex and Inflazome, which attracted two of the highest value exits for university start-ups in Australian history.

Also, part of UniQuest is the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI) – a world-class small molecule drug discovery and development team dedicated to translating biomedical research into drug candidates for partnering or investment. QEDDI’s projects target some of the world’s most challenging health problems, including cancer, inflammatory disorders and neurodegenerative disorders.

The Business Development Manager/Director will be responsible for the identification of venture investments, licensing and collaborations for QEDDI’s therapeutic drug development pipeline. The ideal candidate will have prior business development experience in biotech/pharma, a strong scientific background to manage technical due diligence, ensuring a thorough understanding of the potential of each opportunity.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with business development experience who enjoys working in an entrepreneurial environment.  It is a dynamic role with significant career and company growth potential.

The role will be responsible for leading the business development activities related to QEDDI and will be expected to manage all aspects of business development, including the identification of new projects and business support across the project pipeline.

Join UniQuest as a Business Development Manager/Director for QEDDI and you will:

  • Lead the business development activities for the QEDDI projects including market research, packaging, pitching and negotiation of licence, collaboration, and start-up deals
  • Identify potential partners for partnering (licence) or investment through business networks
  • Identify commercial opportunities for QEDDI, develop and support strong partner relationships
  • Negotiate and execute deals with partners, meeting or exceeding business goals and objectives
  • Provide general business support for QEDDI’s ongoing operations and future expansion.

To be the successful candidate, you will be highly motivated and comfortable working in a dynamic environment, where the opportunities are yours to create. You will have prior business development experience in biotech/pharma, a strong scientific background to manage technical due diligence, ensuring a thorough understanding of the potential of each opportunity.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join Australia’s leading university commercialisation company in a new role that is part of an exciting, world class initiative, dynamic with significant career and company growth potential.

UniQuest is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a great working environment, excellent benefits including salary packaging, and the opportunity to learn and benefit from your industry-experienced colleagues.

The role is based at UniQuest’s offices and laboratories on The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Applications close COB Monday, 6 December 2021

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