Now Hiring: Junior Program Associate

(December 2019) Our team is growing! BVGH is now hiring a qualified candidate for a Junior Program Associate position in Seattle. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about impacting global health and is eager to work hard to see our programs succeed and goals realized.

About BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH)

BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington working at the crossroads of the private and public sectors to advance research and improve health. BVGH connects people, resources, and ideas across biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, governments, and nonprofits to solve global health issues. BVGH’s work falls under three strategic pillars: expanding access to cancer medicines and technologies in Africa, accelerating research and development (R&D) for diseases of poverty, and building biomedical R&D capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). BVGH’s two largest programs are WIPO Re:Search and the African Access Initiative (AAI).

WIPO Re:Search

WIPO Re:Search is a global consortium founded by BVGH, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and leading pharmaceutical companies. The aim of the Consortium is to accelerate the development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), malaria, and tuberculosis by catalyzing the sharing of intellectual property assets among Members in targeted, mutually beneficial collaborations. As the Partnership Hub Administrator of WIPO Re:Search, BVGH leads Member engagement, partnering, and alliance management.

African Access Initiative (AAI)

Through AAI, BVGH is engaging pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to improve cancer patient management and provide affordable, sustainable access to essential cancer technologies and medicines in Africa. The capabilities and portfolios of participating companies are matched with the priorities of African governments and healthcare leaders to build partnerships and establish innovative business models tailored to each African market. Beyond providing access to needed technologies and medicines, AAI will strengthen healthcare infrastructure and build healthcare provider and cancer researcher capacity.

Junior Program Associate

General Description

The successful candidate will play a key role working across BVGH programs with a particular focus on WIPO Re:Search. She/he will be responsible for contributing to and ensuring the ongoing successes of WIPO Re:Search. Skills needed include excellent writing and communication capabilities, initiative, and strong attention to detail, along with the ability to multitask and manage multiple responsibilities at once.

BVGH is looking for an individual who is passionate about impacting global health and is eager to work hard to see our programs succeed and goals realized.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare profiles of potential WIPO Re:Search partner organizations that include descriptions of leadership, fields of interest, current research programs, and opportunities for partnership with BVGH.
  • Contribute to WIPO Re:Search partnering activities and management with the team, including researching and reviewing scientists’ programs to come up with new partnership ideas; leading development of partnership ideas from concept to fruition as collaborative research projects; and tracking project progress.
  • Contribute to proposals, reports, presentations, publications, and other communications materials, including performing background research and analysis and preparing text.
  • Manage SharePoint database entries for team, and review and update SharePoint as requested.
  • Coordinate meetings and events including participant and sponsor outreach, meeting logistics, and post-event follow-up.
  • Contribute to other BVGH programs as needed.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree required, preferably in molecular biology, biochemistry, or microbiology.
  • 1-2 years research lab experience a plus.
  • Strong sense of professionalism, initiative, personal responsibility, and accountability.
  • Experience using PubMed and reading and understanding scientific literature.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analysis skills.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail.
  • Positive, “can do” attitude, and a strong desire to be helpful and work hard to build a successful global health organization.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment where priorities shift and can change rapidly.
  • Enjoy working in an organization with limited resources where everyone needs to wear all hats and do whatever needs to be done, including taking out the garbage and working beyond normal business hours, when necessary.
  • Experience with graphic design software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign) and website development and maintenance (e.g., WordPress) a plus.

Compensation and Schedule:

  • Compensation will be determined based on experience.
  • Two weeks’ vacation per year.
  • Full time position.

Requirements:

  • Must be legally able to work in the USA – visa support will not be provided.
  • Must reside in the greater Seattle area at the time of application submission – relocation assistance will not be provided.

Reporting:

  • Reports to Senior Manager and/or Director.

To apply:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample which describes your interest in global health and BVGH (1-2 pages). Send these materials to Laurie Pfalzer, Office Manager at careers@bvgh.org.

WIPO Re:Search Partnership Stories 2016-2019

In this publication, BVGH brings to life the WIPO Re:Search portfolio of 155 R&D collaborations focused on improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the world’s most-devastating diseases. The stories show how WIPO Re:Search’s global cross-sector collaborations are driving R&D for neglected infectious diseases.

Read more.

2019 BVGH Partnership Hub Mid-Year Report

(September 2019) Over the first half of the year, BVGH established 14 collaborations, recruited two new Members, and shared WIPO Re:Search successes globally
through peer-reviewed publications and social media.

Read the Report to learn how the BVGH team is well on its way to achieving and
surpassing its 2019 goals and deliverables.

Read here.

Biden Cancer Initiative’s blog features AAI

April 2019 – Africa’s cancer crisis parallels what the USA faced in the 1950s — when cancer invariably meant death. But unlike the past, we now have the tools and technologies to rewrite the cancer narrative. Through collaborative, multi-sector efforts such as AAI, we can reverse cancer mortality patterns on the African continent and bring hope to patients.

Read the full article here.

New Publication – WIPO Re:Search: Catalyzing Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Tropical Disease Drug Discovery and Development

WRS background

March 2019 – WIPO Re:Search is an innovative and impactful public-private partnership model that promotes cross-sector intellectual property sharing and R&D to accelerate tropical disease drug discovery and development. Importantly, WIPO Re:Search also drives progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through case studies, the article illustrates how WIPO Re:Search empowers high-quality tropical disease drug discovery researchers from academic/non-profit organizations and small companies (including scientists in low- and middle-income countries) to leapfrog their R&D programs by accessing pharmaceutical industry resources that may not otherwise be available to them.

Read the full article here.

Publication—WIPO Re:Search – A Platform for Product-Centered Cross-Sector Partnerships for the Elimination of Schistosomiasis

January 2019 – Schistosomiasis affects 200+ million people around the world with 700+ million people at risk of contracting the disease. Don’t miss our new publication in The Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease highlighting the important role WIPO Re:Search and cross-sector partnerships play in eliminating this disease.

Read the full article here.