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Astellas Pharma Director, Toxicology, Nonclinical Regulatory Science in Northbrook, Illinois

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Astellas is announcing a Director, Toxicology, Nonclinical Regulatory Science opportunity at their Astellas Research Institute of America (AIRA) site in Northbrook, IL .

The position has responsibility to directly support Senior Director/Site Manager of Applied Safety (AS) to achieve annual plan of AS. The position also has responsibility for non-clinical safety profiling and characterization of development candidates, implementing non-clinical safety data packages (including plan, execution, outsourcing, and evaluation of toxicity studies), documentations, and regulatory responses, and for enabling regulatory interactions, while reporting to Senior Director/Site Manager, AS, Nonclinical Regulatory Science (NCRS).

  • Support Senior Director/Site Manager of AS in managing departmental activities thereby facilitating the timely completion of projects and supporting the professional growth of department members.

  • Support Senior Director/Site Manager of AS in managing and overseeing efforts to develop initiatives to improve overall management of NCRS and its integration into related departments.

  • Support the Senior Director/Site Manager in the coordination of cooperation with Discovery Accelerators, Product Creation Units, or other partners external to ARO to facilitate access to consultation experts from Applied Safety.

  • Execute nonclinical safety program management:

  • Preparation of non-clinical safety development plans

  • Provision of non-clinical safety information to global PJ teams

  • Preparation of non-clinical safety sections of Investigator Brochures, Briefing Documents, INDs and NDAs, and responses to queries from regulatory authorities

  • Collaborate closely with other internal stake holders (ex. Research, M&D, PTEC) to make rational decisions to achieve clinical safety and to obtain approvals from the regulatory agencies with speed and quality.

  • Supports post-marketing information updates from non-clinical safety perspectives and provide safety data and rationale in post-marketing clinical trials, if necessary

  • Oversee/execute assessment of non-clinical safety profile of in-licensing program candidate

  • Contribute to promote the development for the PJ in the late stage through planning and execution of toxicity studies with appropriate study designs, while complying the GLP.

  • Direct collection and accumulation of safety information from both internal and external sources.

  • Utilize CROs and other external research functions for improvement and acceleration in the research area

  • Establish communication channels with non-clinical safety personnel from external government regulatory agencies, academia, and industry.

  • To provide expertise to these organizations in order to influence the advancement of regulatory science.

  • Reports to Senior Director/Site Manager, AS, NCRS

  • Comprehensive knowledge of drug development, especially in nonclinical safety.

  • Thorough knowledge of FDA/ICH regulations pertaining to nonclinical safety.

  • Excellent communications skills (active & passive) in own language and in English

  • Leadership and team management skill.

  • PhD in toxicology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical or related sciences with 7 years work experience.

  • Robust human network

  • Understanding R&D policy / strategy of Astellas

  • Knowledge or experience of drug development, especially IND and NDA


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Category Non-clinical Regulatory Science

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