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ExcellGene is a privately owned contract research, development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) based in Monthey, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts, USA. ExcellGene’s unique transient and stable protein expression technologies together with extensive knowledge and experience in the biotech field cover broad value chain for its clients: from DNA construction and transfection to bioprocess development of scalable and GMP-compliant protein production processes. ExcellGene’s technology is one of the most advanced for rapid production of recombinant proteins and up to several grams of product delivered within weeks.

Available roles


Lab Technician - Analytics (q/dPCR and ELISA)

Posted 21st July 2021

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Job description

Under the supervision of the of the Head of Analytics, the candidate will actively participate in laboratory activities including but not limited to:

  • The handling and preparation of biological samples.
  • The execution of experimental assays using different analytical techniques and following established operating procedures.
  • The operation and the routine maintenance of the analytical instruments.
  • The recording and analysis of experimental data following corporate guidelines and quality standards.

Required skills

  • Very good understanding of molecular biology and protein biochemistry.
  • Strong knowledge and solid hands-on experience with the design, execution and troubleshooting of qPCR and dPCR workflows, including the analysis and interpretation of the generated data. The direct experience with AAV viral gene therapy in preclinical and clinical research would be a plus.
  • Prior experience with a variety of analytical methods aimed at protein characterization (ELISA, enzymatic and spectrophotometric assays, SPR, CD, thermal unfolding, DLS, etc.).
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office package, basic statistical analysis, a previous experience with the use of control and analytical software would be a plus).
  • Scientific curiosity, proactiveness, initiative and willingness to learn.
  • Rigorousness, strong sense of discipline and attention to details.
  • Problem-solving and hands-on approach to work.
  • Generally autonomous and able to work both independently and as part of a multicultural team within a matrix organization.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication skills. Good written and oral French and English.

Mandatory requirements

  • Minimum CFC, B.Sc. or higher preferred in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • Proven previous experience in analytics within R&D, analytical or QC laboratories (preferably 1-2 years within the industrial/clinical environment or of post-graduate work experience in academia as lab technician or equivalent with a consistent history of hands-on work in the field of q/dPCR and protein analysis.
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Research Associate - Downstream Processing (DSP Biologics)

Posted 14th June 2021

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Job description

  • Planning and execution of DSP development/characterization of biosimilar/biologics drug substance in pre-clinical and clinical phases including development of scale-down models and scale-up procedures, reporting to the Head of DSP.
  • Execution of generic purifications at lab scale and mid-scale levels to deliver purified proteins according to expected specifications, including production of non-GMP lots for Tox studies.
  • Writing of protocols, reports, recording, management and evaluation of raw data/analyses/results, forming of sound scientific conclusions and providing suitable follow-up activities.
  • Development and optimization of DSP methods/processes, implementation of new technologies, search/utilization of knowledge from scientific and technical literature.
  • Leading DSP activities within project technical teams to deliver purified material for internal and/or external client.
  • Prompt communication of achievements, risks, issues in all areas and contribution to root cause investigations and troubleshooting.
  • Maintenance of high standards of quality, cleanliness, and organization within the laboratory environment.

Required skills

  • Strong knowledge in downstream processing concepts and implementation strategies (e.g., buffer preparation, TFF, Akta systems).
  • Strong knowledge and solid hands-on experience in chromatography-based protein purification (e.g., affinity, ion-exchange) and filtration-based separation methods for biologics.
  • Knowledge in high-throughput DSP development and DoE is a plus.
  • Scientifically curious, proactive, willing to learn, flexible, and with attention to details.
  • Problem-solving and hands-on approach to work.
  • Autonomous and able to work both independently and as part of a multicultural team within a matrix organization.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent communication skills. Good written and oral for both French & English languages.

Mandatory requirements

  • Minimum BS or MS, preferred MBA or PhD. in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • At least 3 years (PhD. / M.Sc.) or 5 years (B.Sc.) of relevant experience in DSP development and/or manufacturing.
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Business Development Manager, USA East Coast

Posted 18th June 2021

Job description

We are recruiting a Business Development Manager for our growing Commercial Team. Our mission is to provide great science to clients in the Pharma and biotechnology industries. This individual will create client opportunities and establish partnerships with companies in striving for them to become key accounts in the territory. The ideal individual has a solid track record in managing relationships, external and internal, to exceed business development objectives.

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Job description

  • Develop and implement Business Development strategies for growing our cell line development services in human and animal health.
  • Identify opportunities and convert leads to expand our customer base. Our customers include those targeting any protein of interest in the fields of therapeutics and vaccine.
  • Perform effective business development and negotiation processes to establish a strong pipeline of accounts with cell line development contracts.
  • Promote the licensing of ExcellGene’s technologies and selling transfection-related products.
  • Manage business forecasts and budgetary input.
  • Work closely with other colleagues of the Commercial Team.

Required skills

  • Extensive experience in CRO, CRDO, or CDMO in identifying and working with decision makers in the biopharmaceutical and biotech industries.
  • Experience in market analysis, assessment of competitions, and a solid understanding of customers in the biopharmaceutical and biotech industries.
  • Strong knowledge in how to obtain leads and penetrate the CDMO markets.
  • Knowledge in cell line development, upstream, and downstream process developments.
  • Understanding of customer-centric business development and selling.
  • Ability to clearly communicate with customers and inside resources to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to maintain accurate information in CRM and document related management tools.
  • Rigorousness, strong sense of discipline and attention to detail.
  • A hands-on approach to problem-solving and ability to flexibly adapt to changes in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Traveling to meet with clients and tradeshows (up to 30%).

Mandatory requirements

  • Minimum BS or MS, preferred MBA or PhD. in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • At least 4 years of a strong track record of closing business development contracts.
  • Preference will be given to candidates currently located in the US East Coast.
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Business Development Manager, USA West Coast

Posted 18th June 2021

Job description

We are recruiting a Business Development Manager for our growing Commercial Team. Our mission is to provide great science to clients in the Pharma and biotechnology industries. This individual will create client opportunities and establish partnerships with companies in striving for them to become key accounts in the territory. The ideal individual has a solid track record in managing relationships, external and internal, to exceed business development objectives.

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Job description

  • Develop and implement Business Development strategies for growing our cell line development services in human and animal health.
  • Identify opportunities and convert leads to expand our customer base. Our customers include those targeting any protein of interest in the fields of therapeutics and vaccine.
  • Perform effective business development and negotiation processes to establish a strong pipeline of accounts with cell line development contracts.
  • Promote the licensing of ExcellGene’s technologies and selling transfection-related products.
  • Manage business forecasts and budgetary input.
  • Work closely with other colleagues of the Commercial Team.

Required skills

  • Extensive experience in CRO, CRDO, or CDMO in identifying and working with decision makers in the biopharmaceutical and biotech industries.
  • Experience in market analysis, assessment of competitions, and a solid understanding of customers in the biopharmaceutical and biotech industries.
  • Strong knowledge in how to obtain leads and penetrate the CDMO markets.
  • Knowledge in cell line development, upstream, and downstream process developments.
  • Understanding of customer-centric business development and selling.
  • Ability to clearly communicate with customers and inside resources to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to maintain accurate information in CRM and document related management tools.
  • Rigorousness, strong sense of discipline and attention to detail.
  • A hands-on approach to problem-solving and ability to flexibly adapt to changes in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Traveling to meet with clients and tradeshows (up to 30%).

Mandatory requirements

  • Minimum BS or MS, preferred MBA or PhD. in Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • At least 4 years of a strong track record of closing business development contracts.
  • Preference will be given to candidates currently located in the US West Coast.
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Business Development Manager, Europe

Posted 31st May 2021

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Your responsibilities

  • Initiate and manage customer relations and partnerships with biotech companies, universities and institutes
  • Draft and review different types of contracts and agreements
  • Be the face of our company at conferences and partnering events
  • Prepare and review (scientific) articles, technology brochures, service offers and other sales and marketing materials
  • Actively engage with scientists in the lab to ensure that projects run smoothly and our services and R&D activities are aligned with the market
  • Actively gather and share Business intelligence

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD or master’s degree in life sciences or equivalent
  • You are located in Europe / UK
  • You have experience in mammalian cell culture, protein/AAV production, protein engineering and/or cell line development
  • You have experience in Business Development, Science communication / marketing, licensing, project management, contract management, or are willing to learn
  • You are a good listener who likes to build and maintain networks
  • You are self-motivated and able to work independently
  • You are fluent in English and have a good knowledge of at least another language.
  • You are willing to travel internationally

What we offer

  • An international and dynamic workplace
  • Plenty of room for growth and development
  • Ability to work from home
  • Attractive compensation package

As part of our team, you will have the chance to expand your know-how and learn directly from experienced colleagues, to get in touch and take responsibility with a diversity of business tasks, and to celebrate success together with our team when we are moving our business to the next level.

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Manufacturing/Engineering Specialist

Posted 30th March 2021

This position is permanent and full-time, and to start immediately.

Job description

Performing production-related tasks as assigned by the group lead. These tasks can include, but are not limited to, manufacturing tasks, quality tasks, facilities maintenance requirements, ordering of supplies, materials, and equipment for production.

The position is divided in the following fields of activities:

Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Specialist will support the cGMP cell banking unit with the planning and execution of all process steps of mammalian cell banking manufacturing from cell culture to filling including viability studies for cell banks. In cell banking he/she will be in the lead for preparation of master and working cell banks.

Engineering

The Engineering Specialist will support the installation, operation, maintenance and/or troubleshooting of manufacturing equipment such as washers, autoclaves, incubators, microbiological safety cabinets, ultracold freezers etc. He/She develops Standard Operating Procedures, Preventive Maintenance plans, calibration procedures, process descriptions and validation testing plans as requested. Monitor and control maintenance operations to achieve the targeted turn-around time within required quality standards.

Additional tasks include:

  • Supporting the team in the implementation and application of Quality Management System.
  • Evaluating test results, reviewing production documentation, working on deviations, change requests, supports risk assessments and the implementation of CAPAs (Corrective And Preventive Actions) to ensure high-quality GMP standards.
  • Creating documentation for each task, including manufacturing process, aseptic processing techniques, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), cleaning procedures and clean room safety practices and procedures.
  • Improvement of the MCB documentation (method and SOPs, records, validation and verification procedures for existing methods).
  • Implementation/support for implementation of diverse new or improved systems within cell banking, wherever applicable.
  • Assist in training new and existing employees on the cell banking unit.
  • Assist in providing positive and constructive individual feedback and building teamwork.

Required skills

  • Relevant hands-on experience in mammalian cell culture and cell banking activities under cGMP.
  • Good technical understanding of manufacturing processes and associated equipment.
  • General knowledge of clean room practices and familiarity with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) preferred
  • Experience in maintenance of building management system preferred.
  • Accountable for assisting in the identification, development, and implementation of new systems which enhances the operation and/or engineering processes.
  • Must be aware of requirement specifications from an equipment qualification perspective (IC/OC, IQ/OQ, CRs, etc.)
  • Good knowledge and interpretation of cGMP, ISO, FDA, MHRA and Pharmacopeia requirements, and good documentation practices.
  • Capacity to establish written documentation on procedures, results, observations, including reports and documents that are required for regulatory purposes.
  • Experience in writing and/or revising SOP’s, batch records, and other Quality/Compliance related documents.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and abilities to drive projects towards completion under time and resources constrains.
  • Structured, focused and well-organized working attitude.
  • Must be detail-oriented with an ability to set priorities, and organize daily work requirements
  • Open-minded for new ideas and suggestions
  • Organizational and problem-solving skills, attention to detail and autonomy.
  • With strong sense of discipline and with initiative with hands-on approach to work.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Generally independent, but with ability to work in teams.
  • Fluency in English, oral French is plus.
  • Understanding of MS Office applications.

Mandatory requirements

  • Educational background required: Bachelor or Master Degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, life sciences or related discipline.
  • 1-3 years of experience with mammalian cell culture.
  • 1-3 years of supervisory/management experience, having a sound knowledge of aseptic processing, cell culture, engineering and compliance with GMP rules.
  • Ability to work in a time driven environment and to manage multiple priorities.
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Submit a speculative application!

Posted 11th November 2020

We are now actively searching for exceptional individuals with high ethical standards that strive for scientific and technological excellence within a creative and team-oriented work environment. If this sounds interesting to you, we highly encourage you to send us your application through the form below, and ticking the box for 'speculative application'.

Please note that due to the open-ended nature of this type of application, we cannot guarantee follow-up communication. Thank you for your understanding.

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