General Counsel

Location: Lebanon, NH

Department: Legal

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Title/Position:  General Counsel

Location:  Lebanon, NH (Remote Location Amenable)

Management:  Business Development - Corporate

Employment Type:  Full Time

Min. Experience:  10 years


About Avitide

Avitide is a biotechnology company that provides a technology platform that discovers and develops high-performance, high-valued affinity purification solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry.  Avitide’s partners are top-20 biopharmaceutical companies and leading biotechnology companies.   Through its partnerships, the Avitide technology significantly improves the way biopharmaceuticals are manufactured by enabling our partners with high-yield, high-purity affinity separation technology within an industry-leading service to significantly reduce cost of manufacturing, improve market competitiveness and accelerate the delivery of new medicines to patients. 

Avitide's founding team brings substantial expertise and a track record of success in commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical discovery and bioprocess platform technologies.  Avitide is financed by premiere venture capital firms such as OrbiMed Advisors, Polaris Partners, Mithril Capital Management, Sands Capital Ventures, SV Health Investors, NeoMed, and Borealis Ventures.

Avitide is located in New Hampshire’s beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley, and is minutes from Dartmouth College, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  The surrounding New Hampshire and Vermont areas are renowned for their premier skiing, hiking, kayaking, and cycling.  Avitide offers individually tailored compensation packages comprised of competitive salary, bonus, benefits, and equity components.

About This Position

Avitide is seeking a business development and licensing-oriented attorney for a General Counsel position supporting Avitide’s funded discovery, licensing, and resin manufacturing business units.  The General Counsel will be an integral part of the management of the company and will be responsible for overseeing the entire legal function.  As a member of Avitide’s management team, this candidate must have demonstrated excellent teamwork, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to manage a portfolio of complex business matters. He or she must have the ability to interact effectively with all levels of this small, dynamic organization.  This position will report directly to Avitide’s Chief Executive Officer.   The General Counsel will work with other members of the management team and with the business development team regularly, including significant involvement in the Avitide’s strategic partnering efforts.   

As a critical part of its responsibilities, the General Counsel will be required to draft, interpret and negotiate a wide variety of commercial and strategic agreements related to Avitide’s business, including funded development, licensing, manufacturing, sourcing and other commercial agreements, as well as providing counsel on other complex legal and business issues and leading other legal projects or matters as necessary. 



Qualifications and Experience:

  • JD from an accredited law school
  • 10+ years post-JD with life science/biopharmaceutical/medical diagnostic experience, and in-house experience preferred
  • Experience with supporting/leading business negotiations, establishing licensing agreements, and securing partner/supplier alliances.
  • Highly creative, flexible, and pragmatic approach to deal-making with a strong partnership focus
  • Knowledge of FDA/EMEA drug, CMC or medical device requirements and submission processes strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated history of business relationship problem solving
  • Demonstrated history of securing long-term licensing agreements
  • Demonstrated history of high performance mentoring and organizational leadership in a fast-paced corporate growth environment
  • Timely and strong communication skills

Avitide Cultural Qualities

  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation in delivering consistently high quality products
  • Actively contribute to our collaborative team culture
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively under broad corporate directives
  • Agile and quick to adapt
  • Excellent and timely communication skills
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