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Senior Director, Business Development, Search & Evaluation - Oncology

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Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company. We’re in the

business of changing lives.

Galapagos’ mission is to make a lasting positive contribution to society through discovery of

innovative therapies for diseases with large unmet medical need. Galapagos seeks to develop a

robust portfolio of therapies that have the potential to revolutionize existing treatment paradigms.

The company’s ambition is to become a leading global biopharmaceutical company, focused on the

discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines to improve patients’ lives.

Galapagos’ historic focus on developing first-in-class medicines based on the discovery of novel

targets in inflammation and fibrosis has led to the successful launch of our first medicine in

rheumatoid arthritis in 2020 and in ulcerative colitis in 2021. The pivotal study in Crohn’s Disease is

fully recruited and we expect topline data and potential approval in this new indication in a couple of


Galapagos is now entering an exciting new chapter to expand and diversify its pipeline for the future,

starting with oncology, specifically CAR-T cell-therapy, a transformative treatment of different

types of cancer. Through the combined acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio, we are propelling

ourselves into next-generation cell therapies. CellPoint brings a novel, decentralized point-of-care

cell therapy manufacturing model, which has the potential to offer efficient, seven-day time to

treatment and avoids complex logistics, resulting in potential better patient outcomes and broader

access. AboundBio’s cutting-edge fully human antibody-based platform provides access to a

research engine for next generation multi-targeting CAR-Ts that have the potential to deliver deeper

and durable clinical responses and that will be developed using CellPoint’s decentralized model.

We are looking for a (Senior) Director, Business Development - Search & Evaluation (Oncology).

The location of this role is flexible and can be based in any of our European locations. You will report to the Vice President, External Innovation Leader Oncology.

Scope of the job

You search, evaluate, and assess business development opportunities to enrich the oncology pipeline

of Galapagos. Together with our business development team, our alliance – and transaction

managers, you drive the growth of Galapagos.

Your role

You identify business opportunities based on your deep scientific knowledge of Oncology, Cell

Therapy in particular, and your strategic relationship building capacities. You generate win-win

situations based on your inspiring and trustworthy personality combined with your business acumen.

You are patient, confident and persistent to continuously build and maintain a pipeline with low

individual success rates, but high potential return. You convert ideas and believes into actions and

concrete results together with all internal and external stakeholders. Your business acumen and

scientific background allow you to integrate with the nature of Galapagos, its scientific strength and

focus, its resources, its culture, and its potential. You are driven to play an important role in the

sustainable growth of Galapagos as a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company.

Job requirements

Who are you?

• An advanced degree in life sciences is required (MD, PharmD or Ph.D or equivalent)

• Minimum 10 years of industry experience within Pharma and/or Biotech and preferably a

minimum of 3 years of relevant business development experience

• Solid experience within Oncology therapeutic area is essential, preferably ImmunoOncology/Hematology/Cell Therapy

• A well-established commercial/academic network is strongly preferred

• Natural & strategic relationship builder

• Expert analytical skills and ability to effectively understand and act on complex

information under high time pressure situations

• Proactive, self-driven, and well structured, able to work in a rapidly shifting, fast-paced


• Excellent command of English

What's in it for you?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!


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