Posted to MedZilla on 12/5/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Head of Device Development SR0039922-MZ



The Plasma Derived Therapies (PDT) BU R&D group is dedicated to bringing forward new therapeutic approaches based on plasma-derived therapies for patients with rare and complex diseases. Takeda believes there is tremendous potential to do more to meet patients and health care providers expectations with plasma-derived and plasma-oriented therapies for patients with immunologic, hematologic, and other complex diseases.This is a new R&D organization, and the incoming leader will have the ability to create and define the future vision and operating model for the team.

The PDT R&D group is developing two innovation engines:

  • Translational Pharmaceutical Sciences: This innovation engine will practice rapid-cycle innovation to test and develop improvements to existing products, develop new products, and improve yield. This combines translational research with pharmaceutical sciences and device, and it receive inputs from and into clinical research and manufacturing sciences.
  • Precision Medicine: This engine will focus on developing comprehensive, value-oriented health care delivery packages around drug products, targeted to maximize benefit and reduce risk to precise patient populations. In the process, we expect that this engine will innovated the health care R&D paradigm by practicing patient-centric R&D.

The Head of PDT Device Development is responsible for driving new, innovative programs to improve the delivery quality of plasma-derived therapies, optimized for patients for globally and locally as well as device related innovation for Plasma donor convenience and diagnosis tools. This specifically includes the evaluation of new therapy/device combinations and alternative technologies.


PDT R&D focuses first and foremost on developing therapies that will improve the health care outcomes of patients Takeda aims to serve. The Head of PDT Device Development will be accountable for:

  • Develops novel delivery and management (including e-health ) devices for patients with complex, rare diseases
  • Establishes a systematic device development strategy which starts with the patient needs.
  • Understands innovation as an key integral part of device development and implements a culture striving for serial innovation.
  • Develops a sense of the product and the specific product requirements relevant for the interface with the device and it s functionality.
  • Develops diagnostic tools and services, including point-of-care diagnostics, per asset strategy
  • Manages the Device Development team and deploys a sustainable procedure for driving device development through stagegates from early to commercial.
    • Drives team to honor timelines & deliverables
    • Develop strategy and objectives for devices, especially drug-device combos as early as possible.
  • Enables strong interface management with internal and external business interfaces.
    • Liaises with other R&D functions and PVPS on joint projects to ensure smooth collaboration & experience exchange.
    • Works with external partners in reciprocally advantageous ways and partners early with multiple functions (beyond Clinical) to ensure success for the device specifically Pharm Sci, Translational Research, Clinical Medicine, and Market Access.
  • Strives to support differentiation of the therapies and their delivery


  • The incoming leader must be comfortable with working in a fast-paced environment and comfortable with ambiguity
  • Must show examples of strong leadership and collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams
  • 10+ years of Pharm Sci pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry experience is required
  • Comfortable knowledge of plasma derived products and interaction with devices is required
  • Successful track record of developing employees and team members is critical
  • Advanced degree (PhD (or equivalent)) is required
  • Engineering degree is preferred
  • Experience bringing forward novel devices through US or EU approval is preferred

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