Head of Biology and Translational Medicine - Gent

Vacancy information

Publication date:February 28 2020
Employment type:Permanent
Function Group:R&D

Function Group: R&D / Biology Director


For Confo Therapeutics, a young and innovative drug discovery company, we are looking for a Head of Biology. Their novel approach to drug discovery is internationally recognised and is both quicker and more performant than standard approaches. Their focus lies on the development of small molecule drugs for severe diseases by targeting GPCR’s, a class of membrane proteins with massive druggable potential. Unique is that the company’s technology allows for the research of inherently unstable GPCR’s, which previously could not be investigated. To support the growth of their (cell) biology activities and the continued success of their discovery / development efforts, they are looking for a Head of Biology and Translational Medicine.


In this position you will be leading all biological aspects related to the drug discovery and translational research within the company. This will include building your own cell biology team, but also the responsibilty for all outsourced biological studies (HTS, in-vivo, …). This group and their number of projects are expected to grow quickly and thus will your responsibilities. Furthermore, together with the CSO you will be deciding on the discovery and development strategy of the company. In this position your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Line-management of the cell biology group
  • Responsibility over all biological discovery/development/translational research activities
  • Provide key expertise in in-vitro cellular and mode-of-action assay development
  • Project leadership in multi-disciplinary research
  • Present activities to the senior management
  • Involvement in target selection


You will bring the following skill set/experience:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biology, biotechnology or related fields
  • 5 + years of industrial experience in cell biology, cellular pharmacology, translational medicine or related discipline
  • Proven track record in cellular target and disease related in vitro assay development
  • Solid knowledge of target validation, translational concepts and target/pathway modulation
  • Previous people management experience

Nice to have’s are:

  • GPCR experience
  • small molecule expertise
  • Familiarity with inflammation, fibrosis or immunology


You may expect:

  • Head a group that is key to the success of the company
  • Big strategic influence on the development of new drugs
  • An opportunity to work mostly independent and contribute directly to the future of the company
  • Broad scope of activities
  • Chance to grow further along with the company
  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • An attractive and strategic position in an ambitious and promising biotech company


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Lorin Raats
Consultant R&D | Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industry




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