Clinical Development Director/ Associate Director

Company Background

Tessa Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with the scientific vision of revolutionizing the treatment of cancer by redirecting the body’s potent anti-viral immune response to recognize and kill cancer cells. Tessa’s core virus-specific T Cell (VST) platform has shown compelling results in the treatment of solid tumors, and the company is building a portfolio of therapies addressing a wide range of tumors by combining the qualities of its T cell platform with complementary technologies. Tessa’s lead Phase III trial for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the world’s largest Phase III T cell immunotherapy trial for any cancer indication. The company has built up robust operational and supply chain capabilities to successfully deliver autologous T cell therapy treatments to a large patient pool across five countries. The combination of technologies from its academic, clinical, and commercial research partners have enabled the company to create a fully-integrated approach to the treatment of cancer with immunotherapy.

Our mission is to cure cancers and save lives with our innovative and widely accessible immunotherapies.

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are interested to be part of our Clinical Development team.


Job Position
Clinical Development Director/ Associate Director

Job Description:

  • Work closely with Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer and other stakeholders to plan and implement medical and clinical strategies
  • Responsible for driving early phase clinical development plans, clinical trial protocols, clinical pharmacology, data analyses, clinical study reports, and other related clinical documents
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Key Opinion Leaders in relevant indications and therapeutic areas
  • Work with Key Opinion Leaders and expert consultants to keep development plans attuned to recent advances in clinical, scientific, regulatory and competitive environments
  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to identify key sites and Principal Investigators for Clinical Trials, to ensure success of trial from start to finish
  • Gather clinical insights, industry needs and feedback from Key Opinion Leaders and an “ear on the ground” to upcoming trends in therapeutic areas
  • Provide periodic literature review and keep up to date with developments in relevant indications and therapeutic areas
  • Provide medical and clinical expert advice to internal stakeholders and other departments
  • Provides therapeutics area/indication training for the project clinical team and support to investigative sites and project staff for protocol-related issues including protocol clarifications, inclusion/exclusion determinations and issues of patient safety and/or eligibility
  • Assist with writing and publishing of manuscripts, scientific papers, presentations
  • Assist on ad-hoc duties when required


  • PhD/MBBS/Master in Medical with at least 8 years of relevant local working experience preferably in the Pharmaceutical industry
  • Preferred clinical background in Oncology
  • Possess at least 5 years of Oncology early trial scientific affairs or early pre-clinical/clinical trial development experience such as working with clinical trial teams to develop concept protocols for Oncology trials and supported medical writing activities for clinical study documents, final study reports, publications for Phase I/II oncology trial.
  • Possess interest in clinical research and drug development would be an added advantage
  • Meticulous and good organization skill
  • Good people skills and able to work seamlessly with clinicians and non-clinicians
  • Good communication skill and a team player