Senior Advisor - Bioinnovation Hub

Facility:  Research

Cambridge, MA, US


About the Department

Our Cambridge Innovation Center is an extension of our Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI).  We apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to People with Diabetes and Obesity.  Your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.
The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

As part of the direct scientific interface to our local external partners, this role is central for the success of creating a diversified external research pipeline and has the specific purpose of: 

  • Shape and execute partnerships to fit Novo Nordisk's demand for a diversified R&D pipeline 
  • Actively steer the scientific experts in the Bio Innovation Hub to ensure co-creation of breakthrough therapeutic concepts with scientific validity and soundness of these novel first-in-class product concepts
  • Drive development of R&D plans for novel product concepts and actively activate project teams within Novo Nordisk R&D to execute on co-creation R&D plans
  • Actively connect and feed knowledge into the Global Novo Nordisk R&D organization, with a specific focus on diverse innovation approaches and lean project plan executions (early project de-risking), new ways of working, as well as, asset transitioning 



The Senior Advisor reports to the Vice President of the Novo Nordisk Bio Innovation Hub Transformative Research Unit (TRU) in Boston. It is crucial that the holder of the role will have daily proactive collaboration with colleagues in the Boston office, the core Novo Nordisk R&D organization as well as external partners including Biotech companies, ventures capital and academic institutions.  The role functions as an interface between the Bio Innovation Hub and all organizational levels within the Global Drug Discovery and Research Technologies organizations as well as the wider R&D in Novo Nordisk, supporting the scientific agenda developed as part of the collaborations to be established. 


Essential Functions

  • Review of externally owned project concept ideas and technology platforms with a key focus on Novo Nordisk strategy fit and anticipate internal and external scientific challenges and recommend improvements and ensure global scalable solutions
  • Drive translational R&D plans for novel product concepts and actively engage with cross-functional Novo Nordisk R&D teams to execute on co-created R&D plans
  • Ensure decisions are guided by scientific and translational priorities also when requiring complex analysis of situations and data
  • Identify/validate product concept and technology platform opportunities derived by external partners or TRU scientific experts
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain state of the art competences and know-how within the Cardiovascular and metabolic field and or drug discovery and device technology areas and proactively acquire knowledge outside own core areas of expertise relevant to the TRU and core research organization
  • Develop and challenge novel partnership models together with the BD function to create win-win situations for all partners
  • Actively support and challenge the shaping of adaptive partnerships as well as execution to fit Novo Nordisk’s demand for a diversified R&D pipeline
  • Actively challenge the ordinary processes and priorities upwards in the organizational hierarchy up to Executive Vice President level.
  • Drive generation of innovation by working closely together with the TRU’s scientific experts, external partners, and Novo Nordisk core R&D functions to develop R&D plans to progress disruptive co-created product concepts
  • Proactively engage with the core R&D organization to solve scientific challenges identified during product concept development and utilize the DK based Navigators to transfer assets, scientific challenges, and knowledge to the core research organization
  • Actively engage in learning opportunities in relation to the external partnerships and feed knowledge into the Global Novo Nordisk R&D organization as link between TRU and management levels of the global R&D organization


Physical Requirements

up to 10% overnight travel required.



  • MD or PhD required. Degree within natural science, engineering or similar preferred
  • 8 years of relevant professional experience:
    • Working in cross-functional teams
    • Scientific and business understanding across R&D functions, and ideally experience from translational medicine / pre-clinical drug development
    • Professional clinical and/or patient care experience (4+ years preferred)
    • Broad scientific knowledge within business relevant therapeutic areas and/or drug discovery or device technology development 
    • Pharmaceutical industry knowledge/understanding and experience with developing and executing translational scientific strategy
    • Track record in setting scientific direction and driving projects along the value chain 
  • Preferred experience:
    • The ability to acquire new knowledge quickly and with little direction/oversite 
    • Good business understanding across R&D 
    • Experience from co-creating across entities 
    • Experience with a global organization and interculturally competent

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


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