Manager of Product Development

Supervisor:    Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

Department:  Research & Development

Summary of Primary Responsibilities:

Manage Anika’s new product development activities under the direction of the CTSO.  Develop new products for orthopedic, surgical, cosmetic applications and tissue repair, with focus on hyaluronic acid based products.  Develop Anika R&D infrastructure in collaboration with CTSO.

Strategic Focus Areas:

Regenerative medicine; allogeneic, autologous, recombinant biologics; joint regeneration.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Have input into the strategic R&D direction in collaboration with CTSO and Senior Management Team.
  • Responsible for initiating, directing, and executing all development projects for new products.
  • Responsible for supervision of R&D personnel and daily activities in Bedford.
  • Responsible for the compliance of all product development effort with the ISO and FDA requirements, and the creation and proper maintenance of R&D related design dossiers.
  • Work with marketing for design inputs of new products.
  • Work with engineering for product scale up and manufacturing for process transfer.
  • Help secure intellectual properties through innovation and invention, contribute to the drafting of inventive ideas for patent applications and prosecution.
  • Write scientific and technical documents to support the needs of publications, regulatory submission, business partnership and marketing.
  • Manage external scientific and developmental collaborations as required.
  • Help evaluate and form associations with other sources of technology and licensing opportunities such as university research labs, technology centers, industry leaders.
  • Maintain broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies and new theories, and achieve objectives creatively and effectively.
  • Interface with various departments, and provide technical advice as needed.
  • Responsible for other duties and projects as assigned.

Experience and Knowledge Required:

  • BS and/or MS in mechanical, chemical, or materials engineering; in a scientific discipline such as chemistry, biochemistry, biomaterials, or biology; or related technical discipline, with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience and expertise in orthopaedics, wound care, tissue healing response, surgical procedures, tissue engineering, drug delivery or biomaterials.
  • Must have a track record of successful product development. For example, the candidate will have taken a project from concept to commercial launch, and post launch, the product will have resulted in revenues in greater than $1M per year.
  • Management experience (1) directing projects, (2) supervising scientists and their work, (3) directing contract or collaborative work
  • Familiarity with patent process, preferably holds patents
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in the scientific presentation process, including author with numerous publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Experience with external funding mechanisms such as NIH, SBIR, or other granting bodies.

Skills and Background Required:

  •  Leadership ability and desire to lead the organization in new directions.
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.
  • Ability to manage up, down, and laterally.
  • Ability to work effectively with external individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to view ambiguity and risk as an opportunity.
  • Creative, tenacious and aggressive problem-solver.
  • Goal oriented: Motivated by accomplishment.
  • Insatiable learner; willing to tackle new disciplines. Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Well organized individual that can handle multiple projects efficiently.
  • Possesses high energy.
  • Education, experience and expertise compliment to CTSO and other staff members.
  • Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.

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