Director (Head), Epidemiology | Newly Created Role for Top Oncology Biotech | NJ / PA Area: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone Search Group
May 11, 2021
Greater New York City Area, United States of America
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Director (Head), Epidemiology | Newly Created Role for Top Oncology Biotech | NJ / PA Area: RETAINED SEARCH

Cornerstone Search Group’s HEOR/RWE/Market Access Practice has been retained by the Head of HEOR/RWE/Epi (whom we have helped hire before) at one of the industry’s most exciting and fastest growing oncology biotechs (multiple approved biologics, 20+ asset self-developed pipeline, fast growing stock) for a newly-created and well-compensated Director-level position to create and lead an Epidemiology function. Oncology experience is a plus, but not required.


(1) “Best of Both Worlds”: Enjoy the benefit of working in a smaller, entrepreneurial, fast-moving environment where you will work with senior management while simultaneously enjoy the stability and security of working for a highly successful company with the stability afforded by their financial strength (large market cap, fast growing stock price, billion+ in revenue,) are that of a much larger company), and a huge and innovative pipeline that has attracted strong industry veterans from top large pharmas.

(2) Innovative Self-Discovered 20+ Asset Pipeline: Our client’s vast pipeline is self-developed and built upon their own multiple antibody engineering platforms. Their monoclonal antibody, ADC, and bi-specific antibody therapeutics are all cutting edge and designed to provide a significant advancement in patient care.

(3) Company’s Stock Performance and Annual Stock Plan: Our client is one of the strongest performing pharma stocks over the last 5 years. In comparison, most large pharma stocks have stagnated over the last couple of years. Our client is very proud of providing their employees with significant stock awards (far superior to Big Pharma) so that their team feels really valued for the role they will play in building the company’s future.

(4) Employer of Choice: Their fast-rising stock price, top-tier annual stock awards (far superior to what Big Pharma provides), robust and diverse next-generation self-discovered pipeline, their financial strength, and their culture has made our client one of the industry’s top “Employers of Choice”.

(5) An Opportunity to Gain Oncology Experience across a broad portfolio of solid and liquid tumor indications and multiple methods of actions (monoclonal antibodies, bi-specific antibodies, and antibody drug conjugates)

LOCATION: New Jersey / Pennsylvania Metro Area

Our client is conveniently located for people who live in either New Jersey or Pennsylvania. This scenic area is home to many other pharma and biotech companies, affordable housing options (a lot less expensive than California or Massachusetts), and is considered to have some of the best public-school districts in the country.

RELOCATION: Our client can offer an attractive relocation plan for a post-COVID relocation in 2022. In the meantime, our client is not requiring people to work on-site.


  • As a key foundational block of the CORE (Center for Outcomes Research, Real World Evidence, and Epidemiology) department, you will be counted upon by the Head of CORE (whom this position reports to) to contribute to department strategy and objectives as well as represent CORE on key initiatives.
  • Educate the organization on applicable regulations to the execution of Epidemiology and RWE.
  • Define and implement Observational Study Review Committee that will be responsible for the scientific review of observational studies.
  • Develop scientific standards and infrastructure for pre-and post-approval drug risk assessment (e.g.: Post-Marketing Surveillance and PASS studies using observational study designs) and the evaluation of risk management activities.
  • Define and develop operational infrastructure needs and standards for post-approval prospective observational studies.
  • Support assets by generating the evidence in a strategic manner for: (1) assessing product safety, risk management, post-marketing safety; and (2) input into regulatory documents that require epidemiologic expertise (e.g.: RMP, DSUR, PBRER)


  • PhD / PharmD / MPH / MS degree in relevant field (Epidemiology, Health Services Research, MPH, Statistics, etc.)
  • Seeking 5+ years of relevant Epi experience including Post-Approval Epidemiology studies either for a pharmaceutical/biotech company, an agency / CRO / consulting company working with pharma clients, a managed care company, or in academia.
  • Oncology experience is a plus, but not required.


  • Seeking someone with a strategic clinical and commercial mindset, leadership capabilities, a desire to work in a fast-paced environment, and a pro-active desire to build the company’s in-house Epidemiology capabilities.
  • Seeking someone who will fit in with their culture: people who are passionate about what they do, self-motivated, desire to make an impact, and want to work on an innovative pipeline that significantly advances the standard of care for cancer patients.
  • The ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise way to diverse audiences (C-level, Commercial, Med Affairs, etc.) and effectively manage internal and external stakeholder expectations.


Corey S. Ackerman, JD | Senior Partner

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Rita Boyle | Partner

E: | P: 973.656.0220 x735


CORNERSTONE SEARCH GROUP – Life Sciences Executive Search

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