Director PKPD

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Chorus Overview:

Chorus, a Division of Lilly Research Laboratories, is a virtual development organization that specializes in efficient proof-of-concept studies and seeks to advance a portfolio of New Molecular Entities to value inflection point with speed and cost effectiveness. Chorus collaborates with internal and/or external stakeholders to refine strategy to maximize pipeline impacts, and with a network of external partners to execute and deliver-manufacture clinical trial material, devise development plan, and conduct studies from IND enabling to clinical proof-of-concept.

Since its creation in 2002, Chorus has supported over 80 assets (a mix of Lilly-sponsored and externally sponsored programs), three of which have progressed to phase 3 and subsequently marketed products.

The Chorus PK/PD Principal Research Scientist role requires:
  • Curiosity
  • Accountability
  • Commitment to essentialism, simplicity, and focus
  • A drive to innovate, and a tolerance for risk, in order to accelerate projects


The Chorus Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) Principal Research Scientist serves as functional leader for programs from IND enabling to clinical proof-of-concept. For assigned assets, the PK/PD Principal Research Scientist is responsible for utilizing the principles of quantitative pharmacology to ensure the relevance and rigor of preclinical and clinical strategies, plans and execution.
  • Provide PK/PD/Pharmacometric and scientific leadership to program teams to support the selection of the right molecule, dose, patient population, and development strategies.
  • Is responsible for the consistency, quality, compliance, and timeliness of clinical PK and PK/PD deliverables, such as clinical protocols, PK and PK/PD analysis, and PK and PK/PD sections of investigator brochures, study reports, regulatory documents, and other documents in accordance with general standards, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Understand and anticipate the high-level issues affecting the drug development process and help derive at effective solutions. Support decision-making through collaboration in cross-functional teams.
  • Develop modeling and simulation (M&S) strategies and plans to enhance the informativeness and efficiency of clinical studies
  • Lead, network, identify and manage all PK/PD and general pharmacometric outsourcing/third party vendor relationships and deliver project milestones on time, on budget, and within scope


Basic Qualifications:
  • MS or PhD in pharmacokinetics, pharmacy, health-related, scientific or engineering field
  • At least 5 years of experience (PhD) or 8 years (MS) from industry, regulatory, consulting or academia with exposure to industry.
  • Demonstrated experience of clinical pharmacology (PK, PD and pharmacometrics) principles, proficient in PK computer software


Additional Skills/Preference
  • Deep knowledge of the drug development process, especially early phase drug development (phase I-II)
  • Solid understanding/prior experience in ADME
  • Experience in various therapeutic areas, including oncology, diabetes, neurosciences, CV, or autoimmune
  • Experience in bioassay development
  • Embrace openness towards cultural diversity, including different work styles; Skilled at managing alliance/CRO relationships
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities/behaviors, particularly entrepreneurial mindset, strategic thinking and teamwork
  • Demonstrated communication/interpersonal skills and ability to connect and influence at various levels across disciplines, both externally and internally.


Additional Information
  • This role will be reporting to the Chorus Chief Development Officer
  • Willing to engage in domestic and international travel to the degree appropriate to support the business of the team


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