Vice President, Intellectual Property

G&A · Waltham, Massachusetts
Department G&A
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

Do you have the passion to join a group whose mission is to pioneer the discovery of a new class of medicines?  Medicines that treat diseases unaddressed by today’s therapies by directly engaging RNA structures?  Does it excite you to be a part of a company with a focus on cancer and genetically validated targets in other disease areas with unmet medical need?  If yes, you may be a great fit to join Arrakis on our path to bring powerful new therapies to millions of patients.  


Your Impact at Arrakis


The mission of Arrakis Therapeutics is to extend small-molecule medicines into new realms of biology by discovering and developing RNA-targeted small molecules (“rSMs”). By targeting distinct RNA structure/function relationships, Arrakis is generating drug candidates with novel mechanisms of action for molecular targets that are challenging to drug in disease areas with high unmet medical need.  

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Vice President of Intellectual Property will have an opportunity to make a large impact on our mission by bringing specific expertise in biotechnology patents and an overall background in intellectual property law, including complex contract negotiation and drafting, as well as the capability to analyze and assess developing scientific progress. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of fundamental patent law principles and be capable of organizing intellectual property strategies for emerging technologies.  This role has the potential to evolve into a broader in-house legal leadership position, as the successful incumbent demonstrates their ability to lead and navigate across all areas of legal initiatives and topics. 

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced small biotech environment, leveraging a high degree of integrity, creativity and innovation. 

Job Responsibilities:


  • Manage intellectual property strategy and portfolio 
  • Work closely with R&D teams to Identify patentable subject matter and oversee drafting, filing, and prosecuting of patent applications 
  • Review and advise on intellectual property provisions in strategic collaboration and license agreements 
  • Conduct IP due diligence, technology assessments, and provide strategic direction on topics ranging from broad strategic objectives to incremental scientific advancements 
  • Participate in contracting initiatives, including overseeing the drafting, negotiating and execution of all legal agreements relating to the company’s intellectual property 
  • Serve as counsel for alliance and collaboration transactions and ensure contract compliance, including royalty and other payment obligations 
  • Serve as in-house legal counsel on a broad array of corporate legal issues and oversee the work of external legal partners



  • J.D. with advanced degree in life sciences and membership in the Patent Bar
  • 5+ years as in-house or outside counsel in the biotech or pharmaceutical fields
  • General knowledge of other corporate law matters specific to Massachusetts, such as employment law, non-disclosure agreements, etc.
  • Advanced project management skills and demonstrated ability to secure patent protection worldwide for fundamental inventions
  • Experience drafting, negotiating and executing complex licenses with US and international agencies
  • Strategic thinking and detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication, problem solving, negotiation, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work efficiently, to prioritize workflow, to meet demanding deadlines, and to manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Thrives in and contributes to a work environment where everyone’s opinions matter, discussions are richer, and outcomes are better as a result.  Also must embrace informality, and a “flat” working structure where how we get things done matters as much as what we accomplish.
  • Must also continuously demonstrate our company values of being resilient, fearless, and thriving as a team 


Arrakis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, military service, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Waltham, Massachusetts
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