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IP and R&D Director

IP and R&D Director

Are you passionate about IP law and R&D management?  Need both aspects in your ideal job? If so, you are the unique individual we are looking for in this equally unique posting.

About NovoBind

Cutting edge? Check. Amazing cause? Check. Check. If you’re a talented IP and R&D Director who wants to make a difference in the world, keep reading.

NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics is an agri-biotech company working to combat rising antibiotic resistance. We do this by developing next generation biologics that target and neutralize the specific bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause microbiome-based ailments in livestock and aquaculture. Our novel biotherapeutic solutions, based on nanobodies (or single domain antibodies), present an innovative alternative to conventional treatments.

The impact of our work is economic and social—and widespread. Our targeted antimicrobials help to prevent animal diseases, improving the health and treatment of livestock while reducing the risk of major outbreaks. This in turn prevents economic losses in the agriculture and aquaculture industries, and stops dangerous pathogens from entering the environment or reaching the consumer food market. Our work even crosses over into the health of companion animals and plants, and may one day yield solutions for human illnesses as well.

Who We Are

A highly specialized team of biochemists, microbiologists, veterinary pathologists, academics and business professionals with a shared ambition to become the global leaders in targeted antimicrobials. We innovate three times before breakfast and show up to work wearing our favourite science-themed T-shirts. We value work-life balance but also recognize that, as a small team with big ambitions, we sometimes have to grab a latte and pull a late night when needed.


Who You Are

Maybe a veteran in your field or maybe a newbie, but definitely a IP and R&D Director with a creative flair. You thrive on challenges that force you to step outside the box and shine in a collaborative work environment. You get out of bed in the morning because you’re passionate about what you do and you want to use your talents to do good in the world. You’re always there to support your team because you recognize that our work isn’t just a job, it’s a mission.


    A) IP Director Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to global patent strategy decisions

  2. Support all IP transaction strategy, organization and execution (Due Diligence, research, outreach and related activities)

  3. Coordinate, file, maintain and defend all intellectual property (including patents and patent applications, translations, trademarks and confidentiality) and ensure IP deadlines are met as needed

  4. Submit all supporting documentation for patents and trademarks and maintain patent files and patent and trademark database

  5. Track patent and trademark budget including the review of all patent and trademark related invoices

  6. Perform patent, literature and key opinion search independently and with our team of innovators to prepare, maintain and manage our portfolio of novel technologies

  7. Provide monthly/quarterly updates on patent portfolios

    B) R&D Director Responsibilities

  1. Participate in high-level R&D strategic discussions

  2. Provide expert knowledge in all areas of relevant biologics development and industrial design efforts

  3. Support HR activities, including recruitment, training and team development

  4. Assist with preparing and assembling grant proposals and contract documentation

  5. Liaise with funding agencies regarding available grant or funding opportunities

  6. Support collaborative research with internal and external stakeholders by managing various R&D initiatives and projects

  7. Manage licensing, commercialization, collaborations, and other related agreements as needed

  8. Implement process to manage, track and approve scientific disclosures by internal stakeholders

  9. Actively keep up with current scientific literature relevant to NovoBind’s R&D pipeline

  10. Manage library literature subscriptions/access 

Qualification and Experience

  1. Registered Canadian and US patent agent or lawyer with 3 – 5 years patent experience

  2. PhD with 5 – 10 years R&D experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field

  3. Experience working with translators

  4. Experience in supervisory role and/or in a biotech start-up company is an asset

Who we are looking for

  1. A leader who is quick to adapt to changes and is willing to take the support role when required

  2. A strong team player with outstanding interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining collaborative and positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as scientists and legal counsel

  3. An individual with excellent organization, analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and management skills with extraordinary attention to detail

  4. A person who has exceptional writing skills related to drafting and filing IP and grant applications

  5. A person with proven ability to complete goals and objectives on time and within budget efficiently in a wide range of functions

  6. A person who enjoys using tools and systems to maximize productivity

  7. A visionary who turns complex ideas into actionable items using systematic approaches

  8. An innovator who enjoys finding ways to do more with less

  9. A mentor who fosters growth in junior staff in an engaging and motivating manner

  10. A purposeful individual with a positive and pleasant can-do attitude as well as a love and appreciation for IP and R&D development with the utmost integrity

Additional Notes

Are you looking to focus your career path on either IP or R&D only? Not a problem! We are happy to discuss part-time options with you.


In addition to professional development opportunities, we offer competitive salaries with paid vacation, self-directed health benefits and stock options commensurate with experience and performance.


How to Apply

Please forward your cover letter and CV to with the job title in the subject line. Due to the large number of applications we receive, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest and application!

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