Scientific Evaluation Lead - Mechelen


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Our client is one of the most innovative and fast-growing biotech companies in Europe, specialised in the discovery and development of small molecule medicines. They have several active studies in different early development stages and have been showing promising results. Because of these results, they have a good chance of bringing their product on the market and keep expanding their business. To become the best biotech company in their field they are looking for a Scientific Evaluation Lead to play a key role in their future strategic acquisitions. This will give you the opportunity to help define the future success of the company in the fields of fibrosis and auto-immune diseases.


As Scientific Evaluation Lead, you will be identifying and assessing external project opportunities in the fields of auto-immune diseases and fibrosis. As they aim to acquire the most promising external assets that fit within the company’s scientific strategy, you will be involved in sourcing deals to organise and lead various due diligence processes and present those to the internal evaluation board of Galapagos. In this position you will be closely collaborating with members of the Therapeutic Area group as well as with the Business Development department.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluate and identify external molecules for partnering or in licensing
  • Evaluate the unmet need and competitive environment, collaborating with internal and external experts
  • Correctly interpret the potential weaknesses and risks of external assets
  • Collaborate with the Pharmacology departments to propose and organise key experiments under MTA for clarifying the profile of these assets
  • Present results and make recommendations to the internal evaluation board
  • Provide high quality scientific support to assist the business development team


The organisation is looking for people that are ready to make a difference, and who excel in their own field of expertise. Open minded, eager to learn, and able to have an impact on their development programs is necessary.

Furthermore you need:

  • PhD and at least 8 years of experience in the biotech / pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • In depth knowledge of the drug discovery process
  • Proven track record in the participation and management beyond lead optimisation
  • Manage, coordinate and prioritise multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to interpret the unmet needs in the therapeutic areas
  • Great communication, interpersonal, networking and entrepreneurial skills


Why is it interesting to join them?

  • Diverse job with a high level of autonomy and responsibility
  • Play a key role in the future succes and strategy of the company
  • Work together with people from more than 21 nationalities
  • Dynamic environment where the employees are considered the strength behind the succes
  • Great opportunities for growth and career development
  • They think big, aim to hire the people that stand out amongst their peers and become the biggest biotech organisation in Europe
  • Competitive salary package


Lorin Raats
Associate | Biotechnology




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