Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel, Therapeutics


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23andMe's Therapeutics Division, which was created in 2015, is committed to discovering and developing new therapies that can offer significant benefits for patients.  The Therapeutics research and development team identifies novel targets using 23andMe's genetic database, generates lead compounds for these targets and performs preclinical research to advance programs for clinical development. The team currently has research programs in several therapeutic areas, including oncology, skin, respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

We are seeking an experienced senior biotechnology patent counsel to join the Company’s Legal Department and help build the Company’s patent portfolio pertaining to its large-molecule therapeutic drug product candidates (particularly antibodies) and to provide intellectual property (IP) support for the Therapeutics Division. The Senior Patent Counsel will be a member of the Company’s Legal Department and partner with clients across multiple therapeutic areas and will assist in devising, filing, prosecuting, maintaining, and defending the Company’s IP interests in these therapeutic areas. This position is based in the Company’s South San Francisco office, with some work conducted in the Company’s Mountain View office.

What you’ll do

  • Prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications relating to the Company’s therapeutics research and development (R&D) programs pertaining to large-molecule therapeutic drug candidates, particularly therapeutic antibody drug candidates.
  • Strategically develop and implement IP and patent portfolios strategies for various therapeutic areas, with a primary focus on antibody patenting strategies.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in active areas of large-molecule drug discovery and development to provide legal guidance on patent law issues to scientists conducting work in such areas and business colleagues working with the Therapeutics Division.
  • Identify inventions arising from therapeutic drug discovery and research efforts and drive strategic patent initiatives aligned with corporate business objectives.
  • Conduct validity and non-infringement analyses, patent searching, third-party patent portfolio assessments, freedom to operate analyses, and due diligence.
  • Provide counseling to clients in the Therapeutics Division and Business Development on a wide variety of IP and patent-related matters, including patentability, validity, freedom to operate, and non-infringement, through all phases of drug discovery, R&D, and commercialization.
  • Provide strategic advice to as needed on IP and patent issues relating to contracts, including NDA’s, MTA’s,  licenses and transactional agreements. Assist deal attorneys with drafting and negotiating of IP terms in R&D or drug discovery agreements such as MTAs, license agreements, sponsored research or collaboration agreements.
  • Manage external relationships with outside counsel.

What you’ll bring

  • J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school and admission to practice law is required.
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is required.
  • An advanced degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related biological science is required.
  • California State Bar membership strongly preferred
  • Significant experience in biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution, patent portfolio development, freedom to operate analyses, and third-party portfolio assessments.
  • Experience drafting a minimum of 25 patents for large molecule and/or small molecule therapeutics. Preference for antibody patent drafting experience.
  • A minimum of 7+ years of experience in IP matters and patent prosecution in a major law firm and/or corporate biotech or pharma patent department with a demonstrated history of development and prosecution in patents in the subject area is required; in-house corporate experience is helpful.
  • Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent law, with a focus on patent law issues relating to therapeutic drug discovery and development.
  • Experience in providing IP strategic advice to business and corporate departments and drafting/negotiating IP provisions for collaborations, licenses and other biotech/R&D agreements.
  • Strong leadership skills with a client service focus; ability to work independently and collaboratively among cross-functional teams; ability to work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, balance competing priorities, and manage complex projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills and scientific and technical expertise.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a high level of initiative, and strong attention to detail.
  • Local candidates preferred.

About Us

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. 23andMe has over 5 million customers worldwide, with ~85 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at

At 23andMe we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Please note: 23andMe does not accept agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you.

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