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Director of Biology


Kyn Therapeutics, an emerging leader in cancer and cancer immuno-therapy, is seeking a highly talented, diversely experienced, and motivated Director of Biology to join an innovative, scientifically rigorous and fast paced team focused on developing breakthrough cancer therapies. The director of biology will drive the research strategies for Kyn’s drug discovery programs and manage and develop the scientific team. The successful candidate will bring a sense of urgency and commitment to help Kyn Therapeutics reach its potential and deliver novel therapeutics to patients.

Description and Accountabilities:

  • Report to Vice President, Discovery Biology
  • Work with leadership team and scientists to create and execute research strategies for discovery programs and translational studies to enable clear go/no-go decisions
  • Direct, manage, develop and empower a team of scientists in biology and pharmacology; outline and communicate research goals, design key studies and analyze data
  • Research guidance for scientists including hands-on direction of laboratory studies
  • Guidance in identifying and validating biomarkers and indication selection for clinical development
  • Manage external CROs focusing on preclinical mechanism of action studies, in vivo efficacy experiments, reagent generation, assay development / validation and computational biology activities
  • Leverage a network of external scientific advisors and consultants to execute research activities covering preclinical and clinical programs
  • Collaborate closely with non-clinical and clinical teams


  • PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in relevant field of biomedical research
  • A senior researcher with 10+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Expertise in immuno-oncology in general
  • Significant experience and knowledge in forward and reverse translational research
  • Strong track record managing scientists and developing their careers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and oral and written communication
  • Exceptional analytical and strategic skills

Personal attributes: team oriented, goal-driven, organized, operates with a sense of urgency, highly collaborative, open-minded, data-driven, creative, ability to see the big picture as well as dive deep into the details depending on the needs of the situation, persistent in the face of obstacles and uncertainty, flexible, self-aware of strengths and weaknesses, objective in the evaluation of data and strongly optimistic about overcoming obstacles, excellent oral and written communication skills.

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