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Who We Are:
Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world’s most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.

The Position:
We are seeking a strategic, experienced transactional attorney with a passion for and expertise in structuring, drafting and negotiating complex licensing and strategic transactions to actively provide legal support to the global Pharma Partnering group and other groups within Genentech.

To be successful in this role, you must have the ability to anticipate and assess legal and business risks associated with complex transactions and also possess a strong aptitude for learning new science and technologies. You should be able to clearly and concisely communicate well-reasoned recommendations to senior executives and business stakeholders. In addition, you should be comfortable with calibrating and advising on acceptable levels of risk commensurate with broader business objectives. You will be expected to structure, draft and negotiate complex licensing and strategic transactions and develop and recommend innovative solutions to complex legal and business issues.

You must be able to work closely and independently with stakeholders in business development, research, development, manufacturing, regulatory, finance, tax and commercial teams. You should feel comfortable leading cross-functional teams and managing competing objectives and demands from a variety of stakeholders. Finally, you must possess strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and have an interest in coaching and developing others.

Business Legal Support

  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating in-licensing and out-licensing of patents and know-how, and other strategic transactions, including research collaborations focused on a particular target, digital therapeutic, gene therapy, drug discovery, technology, platform, or other new modality.
  • Partnering with cross-functional representatives of various departments on transactions, in particular working closely with patent attorneys and agents on diligence, FTO and upstream licensing considerations.
  • Advising on complex business and legal issues in support of collaborations with outside partners; working closely with Alliance Management to support the business objectives of a collaboration, interpret contractual provisions and negotiate and support amendments to or termination of a collaboration.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working knowledge of licensing provisions, drug discovery and development, and manufacturing (large and small molecules).
  • Contributing to cross-functional or departmental projects and teams.


Personnel Management

  • Possibly overseeing the workload of direct reports and the quality of the legal services provided; Helping ensure the consistency of legal advice related to transactions, including antitrust, privacy, and other matters relevant to transactions
  • Performance management and professional/career development of direct reports, and contributing to same for attorneys and staff across Legal Pharma Partnering
  • Managing outside counsel providing advice and deliverables to Legal Pharma Partnering and, where applicable, negotiating rates, project fees, and timelines


  • JD with appropriate state license OR registered in-house counsel for relevant state
  • 8 or more years of relevant practice experience in the practice of licensing, corporate transactions, and/or litigation, with at least 2 years of experience in a law firm;
  • Demonstrated experience in resolving challenging legal issues and ability to deliver sound, clear, practical legal advice in a business setting;
  • Good judgment and interpersonal skills, and the organizational savvy and diplomatic sensitivities to effectively collaborate with others;
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Experience or ability to manage attorneys, and a proven track record of coaching and developing others;
  • Superior client relations skills;
  • Ability to multi-task with ease; and
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently;
  • Preferred Requirements include:
  • Biology/chemistry undergraduate/graduate degree;
  • 3+ years of experience
  • licensing in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other life science industry; and/or
  • in mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other life science industry; and
  • 2+ years in-house experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other life science industry
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