Associate Director/Director, Clinical Pharmacology

Harpoon Therapeutics (ticker: HARP) is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body’s immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. T cell engagers are engineered proteins that direct a patient’s own T cells to kill target cells that express specific proteins, or antigens, carried by the target cells. Using its proprietary Tri-specific T cell Activating Construct (TriTAC®) platform, Harpoon is developing a pipeline of novel TriTACs initially focused on the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. HPN424 targets PSMA and is in a Phase 1/2a trial for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. HPN536 targets mesothelin and is in a Phase 1/2a trial for cancers expressing mesothelin, initially focused on ovarian and pancreatic cancers. HPN217 targets BCMA and is in a Phase 1/2 trial for relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma. HPN328 targets DLL3 and Harpoon plans to initiate a Phase 1/2 trial in the second half of 2020. Harpoon is led by an experienced management team. The company emphasizes a collegial, collaborative environment and has a strong record of scientific innovation, pioneering protein engineering, expertise in tumor immunology and pre-clinical and clinical research. For additional information about Harpoon Therapeutics, please visit

With multiple programs in clinical trials, we are recruiting a highly motivated scientist to head the critical function of Clinical Pharmacology. To support the advancement of the Company’s clinical pipeline, the successful candidate will be the leader in building the department of Clinical Pharmacology.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Company’s Clinical Pharmacology group.
  • Act as the subject matter expert and a key stakeholder on product development teams (PDTs); collaborate across functional groups to advance the Company’s late stage research and clinical programs.
  • Recruit junior clinical pharmacologists and provide adequate support for drug development programs.
  • Apply state-of-the-art quantitative pharmacokinetic and systems pharmacology (QSP) methods in modeling and simulation based on nonclinical data and evolving clinical data.
  • Develop strategies and direct efforts in clinical pharmacology to meet regulatory requirements as development molecules move through advancing phases of clinical trials.
  • Manage CRO’s and vendors to implement and validate methods, manage sample analysis, develop data transfer plans, organize and interpret data, and present analysis to key stakeholders (PDTs, senior management, and board of directors).
  • Present findings in the forms of scientific meeting abstracts, posters, and manuscripts.
  • Author documents for regulatory submissions.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A PhD with 8+ years of experience, or a MS or BS with 10+ years of experience in clinical pharmacology modeling and simulation in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Demonstrated experience, proficiency, and track record in running and/or overseeing clinical pharmacology programs in clinical trials.
  • In depth knowledge in contemporary PK, population PK, QSP modeling concepts, data analysis, and interpretation; demonstrated record in applying these concepts to support clinical development programs.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work across organization, especially the ability to explain principles of modeling and biologic meaning of modeling/simulation to lay audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Well-informed in regulatory guidance, requirements, and expectations in the US and internationally.
  • Knowledgeable in the significance and relevance of common clinical pathology and hematology endpoints to the pharmacological effects of cancer therapeutic agents.
  • Previous experience in biologics and working knowledge in the human immune system and lymphocyte functions relative to development of immuno-oncology drugs are major pluses.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, timeline-based environment