Business Development Manager - Oncology - Ghent

Vacancy information

Publication date:December 18 2020
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: Sales

Functiegroepen: Sales / Business Development Manager


The organisation is an authority in translating scientific breakthroughs into impactful innovations in society and innovative biotechnology companies. They collaborate with over 1500 scientists, investment companies, and industrial partners to validate research and translate it into applications for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural industries. This entrepreneurial research institute is ranked in the top rankings globally based on scientific impact and has a proven track record in the creation of innovative companies and high value therapeutic licensed products. Their mission remains to conduct frontline bio-molecular research in life sciences for the benefit of scientific progress and the benefit of society.

Their Innovation & Business team consists of industry trained IP, business development and new venture professionals supported by a highly skilled administrative and paralegal team. The team is highly complementary and works closely together to create value out of the scientific inventions from the institute. In order to further strengthen and expand its activities, the organisation is recruiting a Business Development Manager for its Center for Cancer Biology.


We are looking for a motivated professional, of proven maturity in professional environments and a strong scientific background in life science research, to help drive the academia-to-industry transition for their innovations. In particular, the Business Development Manager will take responsibility for the company’s Center for Cancer Biology and be responsible to drive the business development activities in consultation with scientists and colleagues.

As the Business Development Manager, you will be identifying and understanding scientific research data in discussions with the organisations principal investigators and identifying business opportunities based on such research. You will also work on project management for incubating scientific, translational projects aimed at de-risking early scientific data to create assets that are ready for partnering with industry. Next to that, building and presenting business cases and marketing materials with the aim to partner with industry as well as marketing and identifying industrial research partners and /or licensees based on the patent portfolio and research expertise. Negotiating is also part of the job, such as negotiating and drafting research, joint ownership, term sheets and license industry.

In addition to these responsibilities, you will also work on:

  • Monitoring the correct implementation of concluded agreements & contract follow-up
  • Close team-interaction with colleagues in IP management, business development, new ventures, and VIB discovery sciences to ensure an optimal valorisation route for each asset
  • Developing and maintaining a network of international corporate contacts
  • Liaise with the VIB PIs on tech transfer matters
  • Expand your own and the company’s network with scientific and business contacts in the industry


The ideal candidate meets the following requirements:

  • PhD in life sciences and experience in life sciences research projects
  • Strong scientific background in oncology
  • Experience in industry-setting, either biotech company or large corporate environment, or alternatively experience at the interface between industry and research
  • Experience in technology transfer, translational projects, business development or contract negotiations is preferable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
  • Willing to work both in Louvain and Ghent
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Team player


The organisation can offer you the following:

  • A compensation package based on expertise and experience
  • A professional and stimulating working environment
  • An extensive network of (inter)national contacts
  • Various opportunities to broaden your expertise and develop your career


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Aron Berhane
Principal Associate | Biotech & Pharma




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