• Senior Associate, Regulatory CMC

    Job Locations US-IL-Bannockburn
    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/11/2019 5:47 PM)
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  • Overview

    Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical and commercial settings for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101 (ZOLGENSMA®). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.


    AveXis, Inc., a Novartis Company, is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.


    Responsible for Regulatory CMC activities and maintaining Regulatory CMC applications. Responsible for executing the Regulatory CMC strategy for submissions to the US- FDA, EMA, and other regulatory authorities as well as managing interactions with regulatory authorities on CMC issues. Works collaboratively with all AveXis functions to advance approved and development products globally.


    • Implement regulatory CMC strategy for POST APPROVAL product candidates to attain efficient Global regulatory approvals.
    • Implement regulatory CMC strategy for early and late stage clinical product candidates to attain rapid regulatory approvals.
    • Lead and drive CMC content development for submission activities (planning, authoring, reviewing and coordination) for original INDs, IND amendments, investigational medicinal product dossiers (IMPD) for inclusion in Clinical Trial Applications, BLAs, MAAs and global submissions.
    • Serve as RA CMC liaison with various internal functions (e.g., Manufacturing, Quality, MS&T, R&D).
    • Participate on multidisciplinary teams to prepare CMC updates for regulatory documents including IND CMC updates, Regulatory Authority meetings briefing documents, annual reports, etc.
    • Support the overall development of a regulatory dossier for AveXis products globally.
    • Respond to CMC queries to advance AveXis clinical programs and product approvals.
    • Aid in establishing, managing, and maintaining a knowledge base of current and emerging CMC regulatory requirements, guidelines, and best practices.
    • Assure compliance with regulatory standards and guidance documents.
    • Ensure that CMC-related changes are reported to authorities in accordance with regulatory requirements. 
    • Assist in developing risk assessments for global CMC regulatory issues. 
    • Help in building a world class Regulatory CMC function to meet AveXis’ growing pipeline. 
    • Maintains and builds upon AveXis’ excellent reputation with global regulatory authorities.
    • May supervise employees as appropriate to meet business needs.


    • BS/MS degree in a scientific or related discipline. 2-5 years of drug or biologic regulatory experience, direct team management experience a plus.
    • Experience and a proven track record of successes in drug and/or biological submissions (e.g., IND, NDA, BLA, MAA, CTA), is preferred.  
    • Experience with biologics and cell/gene therapy drug development highly desirable. 
    • Knowledge of the drug development process and understanding of global regulatory requirements.
    • Proven ability to work cross-functionally with QA, manufacturing and other business functions.
    • Strong analytical skills, problem solving ability and presentation skills required.  
    • Flexibility and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. 
    • Effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to understand cross functional challenges and develop a solution to meet project goals and timelines.


    The level of this position will be based on the final candidate’s qualifications.


    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


    AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.



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