Director/Associate Director, CMC

San Diego, CA

  • The Director/Associate Director, CMC will be responsible for small molecule drug substance and drug product contract manufacturing.
  • This position will lead tech transfers, process development and manufacturing operations to support the Phase 1,2 &3 studies through to commercialization.
  • The Director/Associate Director, CMC will serve as drug substance and drug product subject matter expert and author drug substance and drug product sections for regulatory documents.
  • The Director/Associate Director, CMC will also be responsible for dosage form development and pre-formulation characterization of small molecule drug candidates.
  • This individual will develop formulation strategies and timelines, provide technical leadership of formulation development and be responsible for internal laboratory investigations.
  • Ideally the position will also help define robust and scalable synthetic methodologies for drug substances.
  • This is a full-time position in the company’s San Diego headquarters.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage Samumed's drug substance and drug product Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs), to ensure uninterrupted drug supply manufactured within GMP compliance
  • Manage manufacturing operations, including tech transfer, scheduling, logistics, batch record review, change controls, review of validation protocols and reports, development of specifications
  • Serve as drug substance and drug product subject matter expert on teams
  • Oversee late-stage development activities, including DOE and PAR studies, registration and validation manufacturing
  • Author CMC sections for regulatory documents, including IND amendments and NDAs
  • Oversight of CMOs for process development, scale up and GMP manufacturing activities
  • Authoring and review of written documents including development reports, technical memos, batch records, and relevant CMC sections for various regulatory filings, etc.
  • Developing dosage forms for clinical and commercial use
  • The position will be responsible for internal laboratory investigations and evaluation of new technologies
  • Interpreting complicated, multidimensional data and make recommendation on new processes and development directions
  • Guide drug substance manufacturing activities from early pre-clinical through to commercial
  • Assist in primary and secondary vendor CMO selections for drug substance and drug product
  • Work collaboratively with quality, regulatory, discovery and commercial to meet project goals 


  • PhD in a physical science required
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive experience in a manufacturing within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry required
  • Skilled and knowledgeable in both synthetic organic chemistry and formulation science
  • Experience in launching and commercializing new products a plus
  • Deep knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Possess a willingness and ability to work hands-on and with a sense of urgency, in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Experience with preparation and characterization of solid/liquid oral and topical formulations as well as sterile parenteral formulations and aseptic techniques.
  • Excellent understanding of quality and regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical industry pertaining to ICH, GMPs and USP guidance and standards.
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills with demonstrated ability to successfully create and implement both short-term and long-term plans to support the department and business needs
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively present to and engage with a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of analytical instrumental technology and validation
  • Motivated self-starter and discipline to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours as required
  • Must be a punctual, reliable, team-player with a positive, can-do attitude and flexible in adapting to change in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced work environment

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