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Sr Manager/Associate Director, upstream process development and manufacturing

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Company Summary:

Leap Therapeutics (Nasdaq: LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap’s most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. Leap has entered into a strategic partnership with BeiGene, Ltd. for the rights to develop DKN-01 in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand. Leap has a strong financial position and in September 2021 closed a public offering with gross proceeds to Leap of approximately $104 million. Leap is based in Cambridge, MA. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit

General Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have responsibility for the technical oversight and management of outsourced upstream process activities including cell line generation, cell culture optimization, validation, and upstream GMP manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies at top tier external contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMO).

They will collaborate with various internal functions including downstream manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, regulatory, and supply chain to ensure best practices are implemented and followed at external contract manufacturing and testing labs, and internally at Leap.

They will work within a highly collaborative team environment to assist in developing and implementing operational plans to meet project timelines and the company’s business objectives.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage all upstream process development, optimization, validation, and GMP manufacturing activities at top tier CDMOs for clinical supply through launch/BLA
  • Co-author batch records, validation protocols/reports in collaboration with the CDMO
  • Use creative problem-solving skills to independently troubleshoot experimental challenges – interpret data, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and make decisions
  • Assist with the trending of process development, validation, and manufacturing data for continuous process improvement
  • Manage drug supply/demand forecasting estimates
  • Manage operational budget and timelines
  • Participate in batch release with QA and QC including the review of batch records and supportive data
  • Provide technical input for the resolution of investigations, deviations, out-of-specification/out-of-trend, change control, and CAPAs at contract sites
  • Author relevant sections of IND/IMPD regulatory filings

Education / Experience / Skills:

  • B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in cell biology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, biochemistry, or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years (depending on education) of progressive hands-on experience in upstream process development and GMP manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
  • Substantial experience with managing external CDMOs
  • Process validation experience in support of late stage clinical programs preferred (DoE, IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Experience with cell line development and cell banking
  • Advanced understanding of the application of FDA regulations and ICH guidelines from early development through commercial product
  • Hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves approach, with high sense of urgency and drive for results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, personal integrity, professional manner and ability to gain respect and develop good working relationships with cross functional personnel at all levels

Leap is an equal opportunity employer and extends equal opportunity to all individuals, without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, genetic disposition, caregiver status, reproductive health decisions, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking, credit history, criminal history, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. We are committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives.