Posted to MedZilla on 5/21/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Associate Director Immunology Cell Therapy R0006012-MZ


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More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. ranks among the top 15 pharmaceutical companies in the United States. Our larger U.S. offices are in Cambridge, MA, Deerfield, IL, and San Diego, CA. Research & Development employees in our Cambridge location focus on oncology, gastroenterology, immunomodulation, biologics, translational research, and external innovation. In March 2016, we opened our newest space at 300 Massachusetts Avenue, featuring 230,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office and lab space.

While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as an Associate Director /Director of Immunology Cell Therapy in the GI Drug Discovery Unit in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As an Associate Director /Director of Immunology Cell Therapy working in the Gastroenterology Drug Discovery Unit team, you will be empowered to work cross-functionally with Takeda s Cell Therapy Engine and Immunology team to contribute towards GI drug pipeline:


Takeda is making significant investments in cell therapies with the first approved and marketed cell therapy for fistulizing Crohn s disease utilizing adipose mesenchymal stem cells-Alifosel. We have built an interdisciplinary cell therapy dedicated group as part of pharmaceutical sciences termed the Takeda Cell Therapy Engine as part of our commitment to this modality space. In addition, we have a multi-year joint collaboration termed T-CiRA ( with a focus on iPSC based cell therapies. We are seeking a world class immunologist to help lead strategy and execution of programs focused on expanding immunologically based cellular therapies to treat disorders of the liver and gastrointestinal tract as part of the GI Drug Discovery Unit. He/she will collaborate with multiple stake holders within and outside of Takeda to identify novel immune based cellular therapies via internal research and external collaboration with biotech and academic partners for gastrointestinal diseases. The person will provide scientific project and strategic leadership for immunology based cell drug candidates through IND in collaboration with Translation Research and Early Target (TREC) discovery at Takeda.

The GI Drug Discovery Unit has a growing interdisciplinary group of individuals focused on immune and non-immune cellular therapies along with gene therapy for gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and enteric nervous system/neurodegenerative diseases. We are looking for a dynamic and driven individual join as an expert in immunology in the context of cell therapies. The AD/Director of Immunology will have wide visibility within the organization and among our academic and biotech partners.


  • Drives strategy in immunologically based cell therapies for GI diseases.
  • Collaborates closely with GI Immunology in San Diego and our iPSC hub T-CiRA researchers at our Shonan - Japan as a scientific lead and/or advisor on immunological based cell therapy research programs.
  • Functions as a scientific/ project lead for Takeda in our external biotech partnerships focused on immunologically based cell therapies for GI disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Acts as the scientific/ project lead for Takeda in our academic partnerships focused on immunologically based cell therapies for GI diseases
  • Develop human first novel target ID approaches for our immunology programs using human data sets obtained via our human cell therapy programs.
  • Establishes rapport & collaborates with scientific leaders, KOLs, academic partners, CROs and is seen as an international subject matter expert in Immunology research and therapeutics.
  • Responsible for identifying partnerships with emerging biotech to establish partnerships to identify cell therapies and/or license innovative early development leads in collaboration with our business development colleagues.


  • PhD or MD/PhD in immunology with a focus on mucosal biology of the GI tract. Expertise in cell therapies and/or iPSC technology is major plus but not necessary.
  • 5-10 years of large pharma or biotech experience although a junior professor at a top tier academic institution with some industry experience (minimum of 2 years) would be considered.
  • Postdoctoral work carried out in world-renowned Immunology lab
  • Publication record in top scientific journals (International reputation)
  • Track record of contributing to progression of immunology programs ranging from target discovery to clinical proof-of-concept in an industry setting
  • Demonstrated creativity in scientific approaches and questions addressed
  • Experience in managing teams in a matrix environment
  • Experience in building and supporting partnerships with academic institutions and/or companies.


  • The position is based in Cambridge, MA.
  • Requires approximately 15-20% or more travel, including international travel.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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