Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

(Immuno-oncology focus)


Position #:                      1436
Therapeutic Area:          Immuno-Oncology               
Recruiting Status:          Exclusive Retained Search
Location:                        Montgomery County Maryland



Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Medical Officer is an experienced clinical development executive who will be the key Company representative internally and externally on medical and scientific information and issues related to company products. S/he is responsible for planning, implementing, directing, and managing the clinical and regulatory development/strategy.  This individual will direct all clinical activities, providing medical and operational leadership for the company’s clinical programs. The CMO will manage and develop an internal staff of clinical operations and regulatory professionals and set the scale and infrastructure relative to the portfolio development. The CMO will ensure that all clinical operations and BLA preparation activities are executed in the most cost and time effective method, while assuring quality, GCP compliance, and regulatory requirements are met or exceeded.   In addition, the CMO will coordinate for the Company’s senior management team and serve as a liaison to the Company’s partners.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Will be responsible for overall strategy and execution of the clinical program, as well as playing a critical role in strategic corporate decisions. He/she will own and develop solutions for challenges across all phases of development and have broad leadership and accountability internally, with potential business partners, and the scientific, medical, and patient communities.

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for all clinical development and clinical affairs activities and serve as a leader on the Executive Team.

  • Work with CEO and the executive team to ensure competitive positioning of clinical programs in the oncology marketplace.

  • Lead and develop multi-disciplinary teams responsible for successful development of clinical programs, leveraging partnerships with KOLs, Contract Research Organizations, and global agencies.

  • Represent the company’s clinical programs to regulators, key opinion leaders, investors, corporate partners, Board of Directors, and other key stakeholders.

  • Build the company’s presence in scientific/medical conferences, presentations, industry and investment groups. Build and maintain solid working relationships with key opinion leaders.

  • Coordinate and supervise all advisory boards and medical affairs activities including interviews, speaking engagements, publications, and presentations.

  • Liaison with business development and investor relations teams and participate and represent the company as necessary in future partnering or financing activities (presentations, due diligence etc.).

  • Manage and oversee all clinical operations.

  • Liaison with research and development team and provide clinical input on the discovery and translational research activities.


  • MD, Board certified in Oncology (desired)

  • Highly accomplished and credible medical background

  • Proven skill at developing and sustaining peer-to-peer relationships with global thought leaders.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact productively with and attract top external investigators worldwide.

  • Minimum 7 years’ industry experience in all phases of Oncology Drug Development, including a proven track record of meeting applicable regulatory, quality and compliance standards. Diverse experience in clinical trial development, and historic success achieving successful outcomes with global regulatory bodies.

  • Demonstrated leadership and success hiring, retaining and developing high achieving talent. A “talent magnet” with strong ability to build world-class teams, with a personal leadership and management style that elicits high performance and passion in others and inspires trust, confidence, and collaboration and exemplifies rigor in their ethical and scientific standards.

  • A “hands-on”, “roll-up-the-sleeves” when necessary leader that understands the need for involvement within a small company environment while recognizing when to delegate and seek results from the team.

  • Flexibility and ability to respond to rapidly changing environments and circumstances.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with polish and presence; high “emotional intelligence” to enable favorable group dynamics, ability to influence others at all levels. Open-minded and risk-tolerant; not afraid to push and be pushed back.

  • Willingness to travel to oversee ongoing trials, meet investigators, attend conferences, and participate in advisory boards. At times, this will require travel over the weekend.





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NOTE:   This is an unofficial document prepared by S L Collins Associates, Inc. to provide basic information concerning the position.   The company we are conducting this search for has the official job description.


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