Patent Agent/ Technical Specialist – Small Corporation – Maryland

Vaccitech plc is a fast-growing biotech company. At only five years old we already have a development portfolio of six products, a partnered product that is in commercial production that has seen more than 3 billion doses administered worldwide and an IPO behind us. We are a publicly-listed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that spun out of the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, one of the most prestigious vaccine research centres in the world. We discover and develop immunotherapeutic products and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer. Our achievements include co-inventing and jointly developing our COVID-19 vaccine candidate VTP-900, now Vaxzevria, which we assigned to Oxford University Innovation to facilitate the licensing of those rights to AstraZeneca. We have clinical studies to explore treatments for patients with HBV and HPV infections and are developing rapid and scalable manufacturing processes for our platforms.

In December 2021 Vaccitech acquired Avidea Technologies with exciting product candidates for oncology and autoimmunity based on the innovative SNAPvax platform, which has demonstrated unprecedented control over T cell induction. This gives us US operational presence in Maryland, complements Vaccitech’s established capabilities and reinforces our position as a fast-growing global leader in immunotherapies and vaccines. From Q3 2022 Vaccitech's US headquarters will be moving to a new facility in Montgomery County. We conduct research globally and have ambitious plans in the UK and US, where we will continue to grow our teams over the coming months and years.

The Role:

The successful candidate will be the interface between internal technical, legal/ IP teams and outside counsel, supporting patent strategy in pursuit of business development and corporate goals. Your key responsibilities will include independently working with R&D staff to understand technical approaches and data output; compiling and curating reports of R&D output to assist invention identification; assisting in-house and external counsel in drafting patent applications and prosecuting a global patent portfolio; managing patent correspondence and document generation in support of global patent prosecution; contributing as part of multi-disciplinary scientific, legal and business development teams to deliver on business-critical projects; working closely with internal and external counsel to help coordinate and manage intellectual property strategy; searching scientific and patent literature and patent document databases to monitor competitor landscape; and presenting updates and guidance to all levels of the company including the senior leadership team and R&D teams.

Experience and qualifications:

Due to the nature of Vaccitech North America’s manufacturing platform and product candidates, the successful applicant candidate must be an expert in chemistry, will holding a graduate degree (PhD preferred) in chemistry or chemical engineering and possessing a deep understanding of the subject. You will also have a minimum of two years’ experience in intellectual property related work (USPTO admission to practice preferred) and a demonstrable experience in patent and claim drafting, in patent prosecution and in technology assessment or invention identification. As an accomplished writer you will have a proven ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner. The successful candidate will have a familiarity with patent database searching methodologies, ideally with competitor landscape analysis. Experience with in-licensing and/ or out-licensing would be a distinct advantage. All applicants must be a US citizen or green card holder as we cannot offer sponsorship.

What we can offer you:

Vaccitech is a great place to work. We encourage an entirely flat structure with an open door policy to the senior leadership team. Our employees agree the culture and working environment is one of the best things about our business. This role would suit an experienced Patent Agent looking for a broad and varied role in a rapidly accelerating biotech. As part of a fast-growing team they will play a significant part in shaping the future in a global biopharmaceutical company that offers significant opportunities for personal and professional development. We offer employer funded health, dental and vision insurance; a 401k retirement plan; career development opportunities and paid time off (PTO). Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Maryland