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Novo Nordisk Director - Search & Evaluation in Cambridge, Massachusetts

About the Department

Our Cambridge Innovation Center is an extension of our Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI). We apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to People with Diabetes and Obesity. Your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.

The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position

Search & Evaluation (S&E) is part of Global Research & Development (R&D) Business Development and acts as the primary entry point for external drug and technology opportunities relevant to Novo Nordisk at Global Drug Discovery, Global Technology Research, Global Development and Corporate level. S&E conducts pro-active scouting campaigns to identify relevant R&D opportunities by targeting universities, biotechnology companies and venture capital firms, by means of partnering events, road shows and commissioned meetings or events.

The search for novel therapeutics focuses on our core areas: diabetes, obesity, as well as NASH, CVD CKD and rare blood and endocrine disorders. Besides our therapeutic areas of interest, S&E supports the identification of cutting-edge enabling technologies within oligonucleotides, protein and peptide engineering and gene editing/therapy. Working cross-functionally, S&E supports the assessment of such external opportunities all the way to due diligence and contractual negotiation.

The role is a driver for change in executing Novo Nordisk's R&D strategy and business development activities on a global scale.


Although the position is physically based in the US and tethered to Novo Nordisk Research Center in Seattle, WA, it reports globally to the Vice President (VP) of S&E in Novo Nordisk, Denmark. This position will also leverage an individual’s network, and actively engage with external stakeholders including biotech companies, venture capital firms and pharma communities, to ensure Novo Nordisk becomes the preferred partner within our areas of interest.

The role has no direct or indirect reports.

Essential Functions

  • Build and maintain professional networks within academic, biotech, venture capital and pharma communities with focus on the assigned US region by proactively contacting and meeting with university technology transfer offices, key opinion leaders and university researchers

  • Participate in university- or Novo Nordisk-sponsored events and meetings or participate in external scientific congresses or symposia

  • Meet biotech and pharma companies and participate in biotech/pharma partnering events, or through Incubator visits

  • Meet venture capital (VC) firms and participate in VC conferences and events

  • Scout for and report opportunities through professional networks or literature searches, databases, or patent searches within relevant therapy areas, i.e. diabetes, obesity, CVD, CKD, NASH, rare blood/endocrine disorders

  • Support the evaluation of identified opportunities in close collaboration with Novo Nordisk S&E based in Denmark and other relevant stakeholders based in Denmark

  • Support the evaluation process according to established procedures and guidelines up to and including due diligence to secure proposed collaborations and licenses for products and technology opportunities

  • Prepare presentation of selected opportunities to relevant governance boards

  • Provide support to Business Development during negotiation of licenses and collaborations in alignment with S&E based in Denmark

  • Brand Novo Nordisk as the preferred partner within relevant therapy areas

    Physical Requirements

    20-30% overnight travel required.


  • Master’s degree required. MD or PhD degree preferred

  • 10+ years' relevant experience required with a master’s degree. 8+ years’ relevant experience with a MD or PhD

  • Relevant experience includes:

  • Building extensive professional network in biotech and VC communities preferably related to metabolic diseases

  • Research and medical training, preferably in the metabolic field

  • Business development and licensing experience covering aspects of pharmaceutical drug discovery and development preferred

  • Strong stakeholder management and networking skills

  • Outstanding ability to link science and strategy, as well as communication skills of complex issues

  • Outgoing, analytical and a good communicator who functions well in a dynamic environment

    Millions rely on us

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.

Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.