Director, New Opportunities at Relay Therapeutics
Cambridge, MA, US
Relay Therapeutics is a new breed of company at the intersection of computation and biotechnology that is committed to creating medicines that will have a transformative impact on patients.
We combine unprecedented computational power with leading-edge experimental approaches across the fields of structural biology, biophysics, chemistry and biology. This integration illuminates – for the first time – the full mobility of a protein and provides key insights into how the dynamic nature of a protein’s conformation regulates function. The team at Relay is putting this principle into practice, with the aim of accelerating the development of medicines that will make a transformative difference in patients’ lives. We don't just stare hard problems in the face. We go out looking for them. Are you energized by attempting to do the impossible? We're looking for you.
At Relay, our team is driven by the ultimate collaboration across each of our drug discovery and development disciplines.  Putting protein motion at the heart of drug discovery is a challenge, but we are confident that our team’s dedication and urgency will create opportunities that deeply impact the lives of the patients.  Our initial programs are focused on developing therapeutics in oncology.
Relay Therapeutics is a private company launched in 2016 with financing from Third Rock Ventures and an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Research.  To date the company has raised $520M from investors including Third Rock Ventures, SoftBank Vision Fund, GV, Casdin Capital, BVF Partners, EcoR1 Capital, Foresite Capital, Perceptive Advisors, Tavistock Group and an affiliate of D.E. Shaw Research.
The opportunity
As Director of New Opportunities, in this newly-created and high-impact role, you will work collaboratively with scientific and business leadership to identify and prioritize the next generation of therapeutic targets to pursue with the Relay platform. You will integrate disparate information from key opinion leaders, scientific literature, internal team members and other diverse sources to drive business decisions concerning new target selection and help drive business development initiatives.
Are you flexible and fearless in the face of rapidly evolving opportunity and ambiguity?  Then we want you to join us on our journey.  We take what we do seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. 

Your role

    • You will drive New Opportunity evaluation work streams to evaluate potential therapeutic areas, disease indications, and molecular targets of high interest for the business, analyzing biological target validation, technical platform fit, development path, and commercial opportunity
    • You will be expected to structure complex and ambiguous problems, synthesize findings, develop creative / innovative options, and make logically supported recommendations
    • You will manage KOL outreach and advisory board sessions, and distill disparate opinions into manageable action plans for further analysis
    • You will play a key role in shaping the creation and evolution of the New Opportunities team at Relay

Your background

    • A PhD or MD/PhD with a focus in cell biology or molecular genetics is a must
    • Focused industry experience in an area outside of oncology (an immunology or inflammation background is a plus)
    • 2-3 years of experience in as biopharma venture capital associate, in biopharma/biotech drug discovery or business development, or life sciences management consulting
    • You are comfortable working on complex, often ambiguous problems and driving to structured output and prioritized recommendations
    • You are a collaborative, results-oriented individual who enjoys working on high impact work
At Relay, we believe that along with our people, our culture is our greatest asset.  In fact we're proud to share we were named as one of the Boston Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" in 2017 & the #1 place for small companies in 2018.   To drive that culture, no one will stop you or hold you back. Instead, we will give you the tools and colleagues to push forward relentlessly and cheer you on as you go. If this resonates with you, drop us a line.
Relay Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.