Posted to MedZilla on 9/20/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Scientist Toxicology Nonclinical Safety Assessment R0011390-MZ


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Scientist Toxicology Nonclinical Safety Assessment in our Cambridge office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Futureto people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

This position is for a toxicologist in the Drug Safety Research and Evaluation (DSRE) group at Takeda, located in Cambridge, MA. This person will serve as the DSRE project team member on multi-discipline research and development teams, being responsible for design, reporting, and interpretation of regulatory nonclinical safety studies. This position will support programs across Takeda s 4 therapeutic areas: oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience and rare diseases. The programs will involve a broad range of modalities that can include small molecules, protein therapeutics, oligonucleotides, and cell and gene therapies. As a member of multi-disciplinary project teams, the individual will engage with experts from other functions (e.g., Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Pharmacovigilance, and Clinical Research) to develop safety testing strategies that support project plans and go/no-go decision-making. The individual must be able to articulate safety risks to a broad audience both internally and externally. The level of the position (Scientist II to Senior Scientist) will be commensurate with experience.

The primary duties of this position include the following:

  • Serve as the DSRE team representative on development programs in GI, neuroscience, oncology and rare diseases across a range of modality types
  • Serve as study director on internal exploratory studies, and scientifically oversee the design, reporting and interpretation of exploratory and GLP-compliant outsourced safety studies
  • Devise safety testing strategies to support project team plans and decision making; and succinctly and effectively summarizes the content and safety implications from nonclinical studies for regulatory submissions, including components for IBs and clinical protocols
  • Interact with Health Authorities, in writing and verbally
  • Interacts with other functional area experts in a project team environment to recommend the best course of action for a program given the nonclinical safety risks, and defend those recommendations to internal governance committees
  • Represents Takeda in external venues, including scientific meetings and with potential partners


  • PhD in toxicology or related discipline, with 2 to 7 years of applicable pharmaceutical experience; or MS with 9 to 14 years of pharmaceutical experience
  • Experience in design, reporting, and interpreting safety studies, and experience in the conduct GLP studies
  • Experience with gene therapies is a plus
  • Good collaboration and communication skills working in team environments and in matrixed-management settings
  • Previous experience working on project teams in a pharmaceutical setting required for senior scientist level
  • Board certification is a plus (DABT or DAVBT)


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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