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Head of Diagnostics

Location: Oxfordshire
Salary: c£60,000
Ref: ALS 2066

Agenda are working with a privately-owned organisation who focus on the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease. This business is committed to halting the neurodegenerative process using blood biomarkers for early stage diagnosis in addition to novel drug candidates.

This business is looking to appoint a Head of Diagnostics to work in parallel with the Head of Therapeutics to produce a dual approach and offer an industry leading treatment in support to the company CEO. This opportunity will suit a candidate with longer term plans to develop and progress into a CEO/CSO role. To be successful in this role you will need to possess commercial expertise along with significant life science industry experience. In joining the company at this time, you will play a key role in developing the long-term strategy of the business in addition to driving their biomarker and therapeutic programmes.

Basic Requirements:

  • PhD is preferred although candidates with a scientific degree and an MBA will be considered
  • Commercial experience in Biomarker validation
  • Experience in negotiation and working with CRO’s
  • Drug development experience (Early Stage - Phase 1 studies is of significant interest)
  • Well established approach to interfacing with, and influencing authorities/scientific groups
  • Balance of scientific strength and experience in addition to commercial acumen
  • Results orientated with a tenacious and resilient approach. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plan clear strategic milestones for the company’s longer-term future
  • Drive the biomarker/drug development programmes and work with senior management to budget support for their scientific development
  • Pitching the business and its research to potential future investors to secure further funding
  • Display established leadership and operational capabilities, articulate in communication and focussing on teamwork and creating alliances
  • Oversee the effective development of the company’s unique approach to combatting neurodegenerative diseases.


Agenda and its clients only recruit people who are passionate about animal care and welfare, people with integrity who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic.  To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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