Head of Biomarkers

Imeka is a technology platform company and a leader in neuroimaging that combines diffusion imaging and AI to map white matter integrity and understand neuroinflammation, demyelination, and axonal loss. Imeka works in collaboration with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to develop treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, the company also has an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Our vision is a world in which everyone can thrive and grow old with their full brain capabilities.
  • Our mission is to offer the best brain imaging tools and services to help those who are developing treatments and cures improving brain health.
  • We value curiosity, kindness, dynamism, trust, and contributing to science.
  • We pursue our vision and mission with great passion, and we are looking for someone to join us in pursuing our goals.

Position overview

Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President, the Head of Biomarkers is an integral part of the management team and will be responsible for a team combining neuroscience and statistics. The main role consists of providing strategic expertise and making use of key tactics to guide biomarker research and support the company’s objectives and overall strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Team management: plan, organize, manage, and evaluate the activities of the Biomarker Unit; Develop and implement policies, procedures, budget monitoring and research processes to ensure the team’s operational effectiveness;
  • Scientific leadership: responsible for the Biomarkers Development Plan. Work closely with the other units and CSO (Chief Science Officer) to determine priorities, and provide advice and guidance in line with the company’s strategy;
  • Develop key biomarkers development tactics and ensure they are applied in compliance with all the company’s strategic objectives and market realities;
  • Identify opportunities of strategic interest for the company and implement a concrete plan for each biomarker;
  • Responsible for deliverables such as submissions to regulatory agencies, implementation strategy, publication plans and other knowledge transfer activities (internal and external);
  • Develop and establish priorities and implement strategic/tactical plans to take advantage of previously identified opportunities and support the needs of the various internal teams;
  • Along with their team, a scientific contact for all of the company’s cross-functional stakeholders, providing specific support to the commercial unit and clinical operations group;
  • Develop scientific material (such as slides) for the commercial team in collaboration with the CSO. Present and support the commercial team during client calls;
  • Participate in congresses to update knowledge related to the position on an ongoing basis.

Qualifications

  • Education: PhD in neuroscience, MD or PhD in Pharmacology, Biology or equivalent education and experience;
  • Very good understanding about neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injuries;
  • Familiar with brain imaging, particularly diffusion MRI (an asset);
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience in a similar position in the pharmaceutical industry or other life sciences company;
  • 3-5 years of experience in team management;
  • Clinical knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases with respect to biomarkers and diagnostics, and good understanding of strategic clinical development and study design principles;
  • Ability to set objectives and monitor them with precise timelines;
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug development process;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent presentation skills;
  • Outstanding team player;
  • Ability to connect with a variety of collaborators locally, regionally and internationally, such as contract research organizations, regulatory agency representatives, clients and various internal team members;
  • Language: Professional-level English/French (note that all of our clients are based in the United States and Europe).

What we offer

  • Full-time position
  • Competitive salary
  • Good healthcare plan
  • Fast-growing business in a fast-growing market
  • Flexible schedule
  • Dynamic team

Additional information

Location: Sherbrooke
*Must be available to be at the office 1-2 times a week and/or for in-person meetings if located outside of Sherbrooke.

Send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

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*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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