Client: Urovant Sciences
REF: 21490

Improving quality-of-life through innovations in urology.

Urovant Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising innovative therapies for urologic conditions and improving the way providers and their patients confront urologic diseases that are difficult to treat. Every employee at Urovant plays an integral role to their success. They are ambitious in their approach to improving outcomes for the patients and healthcare providers they serve. Their fast-paced environment rewards strategic decision-making and collaboration, giving team members opportunities to grow beyond their expertise.

Urovant’s lead product, GEMTESA® (vibegron), is an oral, once-daily (75 mg) small molecule beta-3 agonist approved by the U.S. FDA in December 2020 for the treatment of adult patients with overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency and urinary frequency.  GEMTESA® is also being evaluated for the treatment of OAB in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (OAB+BPH).

Urovant’s second product candidate, URO-902, is a novel gene therapy being developed for patients with OAB who have failed oral pharmacologic therapy.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The IP Specialist will work closely with the Vice President, Associate General Counsel (Head of Intellectual Property) in managing worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, including working with outside counsel in coordinating EP, US and international patent filings, patent nationalisations into foreign jurisdictions, and foreign filings under other conventions; coordinating patentability/validity, freedom to operate, and competitive intelligence searches; interacting with inventors and coordinating invention disclosures; developing internal processes and strategies to strengthen and build the IP portfolio; supporting licensing and acquisition activity including the transfer-in of IP; and providing strategic support for IP litigation. Further duties may include the analysis of legal advice focused on business-oriented solutions on a wide range of matters in the Europe region.  Such matters may include working with outside counsel in the negotiation and preparation of an extensive range of agreements which could include supply, manufacturing, distribution/co-promotion agreements, procurement law, pharmaceutical law and compliance, clinical trials regulation and general risk management. The IP Specialist position is for the Europe region and is based in Urovant Science GmbH’s office in Basel, Switzerland.

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the VP, AGC (IP) and outside counsel in managing an international patent and trademark portfolio, supporting licensing and acquisition of IP, and providing strategic support for IP litigation. Duties will include coordinating EU, US and international patent filings; coordinating patentability/validity, freedom to operate and competitive intelligence searches; coordinating invention disclosures; and developing internal processes and strategies to build and strengthen the IP portfolio. Responsibilities will include defining project objectives and budget.
  • Working with outside counsel in the preparation of legal documents and agreements governing commercial, clinical, manufacturing and regulatory matters as required to support business activities.
  • Developing strong business relationships within Urovant to become a trusted advisor to management on legal matters in the Europe region. Training the business on key legal developments to effectively facilitate their work and business decisions.
  • Developing a deep knowledge of Urovant’s business and the broader business impact of decisions made. Keeping abreast of changes in laws that affect client areas and represent Urovant externally to suppliers.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate will fulfil the following requirements:

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • 8+ years of in-house legal experience.
  • Strong working knowledge of EU patent regulations and procedures.
  • General understanding/experience in European Pharmaceutical patent and regulatory law.
  • Previous experience in the Pharmaceutical industry is required.
  • Experience with IP management software preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. German is a pre-requisite.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills to interface effectively at all levels of the organisation and with outside vendors, consultants, and the medical community.
  • Strong negotiation and expert-level research skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Demonstrable strengths in planning, organisation, analytical skills, time management, conflict management, problem-solving and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to collaborative leadership, teamwork and the maintenance of a professional culture based on trust and mutual respect.
  • Able to work across locations and time zones with domestic and international travel required at 20-40%.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Rene Chung

Partner

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