About Morphic Therapeutic
Morphic Therapeutic is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, including autoimmune, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, fibrosis and cancer. In collaboration with AbbVie, Janssen and Schrödinger, Morphic is advancing its pipeline and discovery activities using its proprietary MInT platform which leverages the Company’s unique understanding of integrin structure and biology. For more information, visit www.morphictx.com.
Morphic is advancing both partnered and fully-owned oral integrin therapeutic candidates in the clinic with a first IND filing and clinical trials that started in the third quarter of 2020. Our immediate focus is on the areas where the clinical activity of antibody inhibitors of integrins is precedented, thus enabling a rapid path to clinical proof-of-concept. Morphic Therapeutic is located in the AstraZeneca BioHub in Waltham, MA. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated individual to join our culture of teamwork, craftsmanship, tenacity, compassion, and integrity.
Reporting to the General Counsel, the primary responsibility of the Head of Intellectual Property is to lead Morphic’s intellectual property efforts. In addition to managing intellectual property operations and providing clear and actionable counsel to identify, obtain, enforce and license intellectual property, the Head of Intellectual Property will help foster a culture that is enthusiastic about inventing and patenting new medicines and therapies. This role will protect Morphic’s investment in research and development and support the achievement of company and team goals that are consistent with the overall corporate vision, mission and objectives, in close ongoing collaboration with scientific, business, regulatory, development, clinical, and legal teams.
- Lead and represent the intellectual property (IP) function, including developing, communicating, building consensus for and executing the intellectual property strategy to protect Morphic innovation in support of the company’s mission and goals;
- Anticipate and resolve IP issues by communicating to the appropriate stakeholders, providing a recommendation among alternatives and executing the agreed-upon decision with appropriate resources;
- Provide a strategic perspective on IP matters, including monitoring and reviewing the IP landscape, and providing risk assessments and legal opinions with appropriate business context;
- Establish rapport and positive working relationships to develop and implement strategies to protect the company's IP worldwide and inform IP relevant decisions;
- Counsel, educate and develop enthusiasm among scientists and management regarding IP issues and strategies; identify IP training needs within the organization and assist in the development and presentation of training materials on relevant IP laws and related business issues;
- Lead IP due diligence on business development opportunities and advise business development and the leadership team on related IP topics;
- Review publications, presentations, press releases, investor communications, government filings and other materials for IP considerations;
- Manage the company’s interest in collaboration IP, including by supporting partners to obtain valuable licensed IP that aligns with the company’s interests or obligations;
- Identify, procure and defend Morphic IP rights worldwide including ongoing management of the company's global patent filings, align global patent filings with business objectives, lead patent defense and enforcement actions, and elicit and evaluate new inventions;
- Supervise and direct outside counsel to align global patent procurement activities with overall company mission and goals, manage the IP budget, and collaborate with outside counsel and Morphic scientists to draft new patent applications and respond to patent office correspondence;
- Support contracting, including review of IP considerations, strategy, terms and agreements, and in the area of scientific research collaborations, act as the lead attorney where appropriate; and
- Develop and continually expand a thorough understanding of the company’s current and planned scientific and business activities, products, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations.
- J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school with admission to at least one state bar;
- Registered before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office;
- 10+ years of patent law experience, including drafting and prosecuting small molecule patent applications, in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industries;
- Relevant academic and pharmaceutical industry experience working with medicinal chemists on project teams; and
- Extensive knowledge of global patent law and procedure, including international and foreign patent prosecution procedure, and preferably including some experience with patent litigation and administrative patent challenges (PGR/IPRs, opposition proceedings).
- In-house experience with a developed awareness of the different functional areas of a biotechnology company and the pace of development to anticipate where and when inventive activity may occur and to have aligned those stakeholders to capture inventions, including to have advised on experiments or data that supports patenting, well before inventions are made;
- Understand the lifecycle of pharmaceutical and biotechnology inventions, including the interplay between patenting and regulatory approvals around the world and patent extensions, supplemental patent certificates and marketing exclusivities;
- Experienced problem solver with a mature and professional demeanor, sound judgment and decision-making abilities, a high degree of self-motivation and initiative, and strong organizational skills, including careful attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple assignments and maintain strict deadlines through effective time management;
- Strong situational awareness and organizational skills, including interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate and well-written, direct, and forthright, and serving as a collaborative team member;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to quickly communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly;
- Familiar with brand protection, trademark registration and customs enforcement;
- Experience working on teams with scientists and business people;
- Prepared for and conducted intellectual property due diligence in the biopharma industry;
- Able to travel if required for work (e.g. to meet with ex-US counsel, manage oppositions, business deals) (post-COVID restrictions);
- Emotionally intelligent with a sense of organizational and industrial strategy and can think creatively about both; and/or
- Experience in immunology, fibrosis, oncology.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.
Morphic Therapeutic is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment that maximizes our employees’ development and achievement goals. We strive to treat each employee as an individual, as we seek to foster a spirit of teamwork to help change patients’ lives. In addition to a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401K and a generous vacation and holiday schedule.
Location/Region: Waltham, MA (02451)