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Head Clinical Development

Job Summary

The head of clinical development leads our clinical programs and acts as the study physician for Tigen sponsored studies. The ideal candidate will nurture a cross-functional team, closely interact with the technical development team, embrace the latest scientific thinking, and focus on both innovation and scientific rigor. This full-time talent will report to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).


  • Develop and implement the clinical strategy including indication selection, in collaboration with the CMO.

  • Spark creative ideas and challenge assumptions in our highly collaborative cross functional team.

  • Conceptualize, initiate, and execute all clinical drug development activities through completion of clinical proof-of-concept.

  • Develop and write clinical protocols.

  • Contribute to the development of our scientific goals, considering input from our active Board of Directors, CMO, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and internal and external scientific advisors & collaborators.

  • Keep us up to date with developments in clinical research methodologies and practices, and timely dissemination of this knowledge.

  • Contribute to the development of a robust and high-quality research portfolio.

  • Support business development and licensing activities.

  • Contribute to the regulatory strategy and act as a medical expert in interactions with health authorities, as a deputy to the CMO.

  • Support the CMO to present clinical trial results to stakeholders and at medical/scientific conferences.

  • Help us expand our internal and external KOL collaborations.

  • Support CMO on the GCP policy.

Required Competencies

  • Must be comfortable to work in cross-functional teams, i.e. with academia, clinical, scientific, technical and commercial.

  • Anticipate trends and changes in the cell & gene ecosystem, build and coach the clinical development with a growth mindset.

  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills in multicultural, multilingual environments, high ethical standards.

  • Ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Be curious, take ownership and initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.

  • Fluency in English. French and German would be an asset.

Experience and Education

  • MD or PhD in Immunology. Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or related field.

  • A minimum of 10 years of pharma clinical development experience, prior experience in

  • Oncology/Hematology clinical development is preferred.

  • Experience in Cell & Gene Therapy is an added advantage.

  • Leading and managing complex/virtual networks of partners.

  • Experience in a small fast moving company environment or demonstrable ability to thrive in a similar environment is particularly welcomed.

Location and Travel Requirements

  • Tigen is headquartered in Lausanne.

  • Willingness to travel according to work schedule but not more then 50% of the work time.

  • Accommodating weekly 2-day-meetings in Lausanne (Switzerland).

  • Department: Clinical Development

  • Supervisor: Chief Medical Officer


About Tigen

Tigen is a Swiss clinical stage biotech company based in Lausanne in the field of cell therapies to cure cancer. A disruptive catalyst, combining a unique culture with a multidisciplinary set of world-class capabilities and a long-term perspective. With smart cells, Tigen accelerates the transfer of breakthrough science to patients and society.


Tigen Pharma SA
Human Resources
Route de la Corniche 6
1066 Epalinges/Lausanne


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Mail: talent@tigenpharma.com